December 20, 1995 |
USC's sports information staff has been urging the media to refer to the university as USC, or Southern California, but not Southern Cal, as is common in the East and Midwest. Perhaps a better place to have started the campaign would have been USC's own bookstore. A recent two-minute inspection there turned up six officially licensed items of USC garb with the school identified as Southern Cal. * Chad Morton won't play on Jan.
September 19, 1995 |
When Johnnie Morton caught 88 passes two seasons ago, it was 20 more than the previous one-season USC record. But Keyshawn Johnson is on track to at least approach Morton's mark. He has caught eight passes in each of the Trojans' first two games and that average the rest of the season would take him to 88. Johnson, with 82 catches, has jumped from 21st on USC's all-time list to 13th, where he is tied with Hal Bedsole.
October 14, 1993 |
USC Coach John Robinson, on Johnnie Morton: "During the game, he makes an exceptional catch and you say to yourself: 'Hey, that's a nice catch.' Then when you see on film what he really did, you say: 'Oh, my God!' " * Robinson, on freshman strong safety Sammy Knight: "There are (defensive) guys that when someone has the ball, they take a circuitous route to him, thinking. 'Maybe I can get him over there, if I get help.' "Sammy goes straight for the guy with the ball.
November 13, 1991 |
USC's wide receivers don't have impressive statistics as a group, but they have respect among opposing coaches. "They have one of the better receiving corps in the nation," Washington Coach Don James said. "They have got great wide receiver speed. Their guys can flat-out fly and catch theball." Johnnie Morton leads the Trojans with 46 catches for 594 yards, fifth in the Pacific 10 Conference. He has caught a pass in 14 consecutive games and has16 catches for 218 yards in his last two games.
October 6, 1995 |
USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett said Thursday he doesn't expect the suspensions of three Trojan players to be lifted in time for any of them to play Saturday against California at Berkeley. Yet other USC sources were saying Thursday there was a slight chance defensive end Israel Ifeanyi's case could be cleared by Saturday. The other two players are tailback Shawn Walters and linebacker Errick Herrin. All three are charged with improper contact with an agent.
August 14, 1996 |
Leave it to John Robinson's smallest player to register the best hit of USC's preseason training camp. Chad Morton, a 5-foot-8 and 180-pound freshman cornerback and younger brother of ex-Trojan Johnnie Morton, nailed 200-pound fullback Rodney Sermons after he caught a pass, knocking the ball loose and putting Sermons flat on his back. But within 10 minutes, Morton was in the doghouse--for running into kicker Adam Abrams on a drill, and Robinson roasted him.
October 25, 1996 |
Phillippi Sparks, the New York Giants' best defensive back, sprained his left arch in practice Thursday and he is questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Sparks, who has two of the Giants' five interceptions, was hurt working on a man-to-man coverage play, left the practice field and did not return. "It wouldn't be a good time to lose him," Coach Dan Reeves said after practice.
November 17, 1993 |
Wide receiver Avery Anderson, sidelined three to six weeks because of a shoulder separation, is practicing again and has told coaches he wants to play Saturday. "You kidding?" he said. "It's the biggest game of my life. I've been watching these games since I was a kid." * Terry Donahue's greatest memory of a UCLA-USC game: "1980, the first one of my teams to win the game." The Bruins won, 20-17, in Donahue's fifth season as coach.