October 26, 1993 |
If senior wide receiver Johnnie Morton can catch nine passes for at least 28 yards and three touchdowns Saturday at Cal, he will have three more USC single-season records. He caught six passes at Notre Dame Saturday and gained 109 yards but didn't score. * Senior defensive end Willie McGinest, on Notre Dame All-American offensive tackle Aaron Taylor: "He's good, but we've played a lot of good offensive tackles. The best offensive tackle I've ever played against is Tony Boselli."
September 3, 1996 |
Chad Morton, USC's kick returner, took four snaps at tailback in practice as Coach John Robinson moved to shore up his team's thin ranks at running back. Starting tailback Delon Washington's one-game suspension was extended to three games by the NCAA, a decision USC is appealing. Shawn Walters, accused of taking money from an agent, will not be eligible until the season's fourth game, against Houston.
October 16, 1992 |
Rob Johnson, USC's sophomore quarterback, has been remarkably consistent, completing 61.2% of his 85 passes for 680 yards and eight touchdowns, with four interceptions. "I'm surprised, but I'm not," said junior split end Johnnie Morton, who has caught six touchdown passes. "When I first saw him, I noticed how smooth he was. He kind of reminded me of Todd (Marinovich). And then to realize he only played quarterback his senior year (at El Toro High), it really amazed me.
December 30, 1993 |
USC wide receiver Johnnie Morton made All-American teams selected by the Associated Press, Kodak, the Football Writers Assn., the Sporting News and Football News. And he scored points with Coach John Robinson's for his character. Speaking of Morton's bout with tonsillitis the week of the UCLA game, Robinson said: "When you consider how lean he was to start with and the fact he came back and played at a high level after losing 13 pounds, it tells you something of his character."
February 9, 1991
We totally disagree with the story which appeared in The Times on Feb. 3, about the alleged drug-testing cheating in the USC football program. We believe the sources, who were never named, are not valid and the story is not based on fact. The only player named in the story was a former walk-on who quit the team when he wasn't given a scholarship. In the numerous tests given to us by USC and the NCAA, we were always observed throughout the process. We didn't see any cheating, we're not aware of any cheating and we find it would be extremely difficult to cheat.
November 17, 2000 |
The mission had been clear. Todd Marinovich and the USC offense had to go 77 yards to counter the latest blow delivered by UCLA--a one-yard touchdown plunge by fullback Kevin Smith that had given the Bruins a 42-38 lead with 1:19 left in 1990, in the highest-scoring game in the cross-town rivalry. USC now was on UCLA's 23-yard line with 26 seconds left. Marinovich and wide receiver Johnnie Morton had one big play left.