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October 10, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All R. Jay Soward has to do is jog by, and you'll feel a little breeze. If he's sprinting, watch out. "He'll run by your ear in a minute," USC cornerback Brian Kelly said. "With the talent he has, he's dangerous." With the mouth he has, he can be dangerous too. Soward's laughing banter doesn't have a bit of belligerence in it, but it always comes thisclose to being bulletin-board material. Those who know the Trojans' live-wire receiver can only smile and roll their eyes.
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April 11, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two of the top receiver prospects in Saturday's NFL draft come from Los Angeles, but there's a catch. Two catches, actually. Danny Farmer leaves UCLA acknowledging that his disappointing senior season, through no fault of his skills, could cost him in this weekend's NFL draft, bringing additional scrutiny on his decision not to make himself available after a great '98 season. R.
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November 21, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
Today ought to be as good as it gets for the UCLA-USC rivalry, with UCLA's national championship hopes at stake in addition to the usual city bragging rights. There's just one thing preventing this matchup from being perfect: a sound R. Jay Soward. When USC's wide receiver/kick returner extraordinaire suffered a sprained ankle at Stanford two weeks ago, he took some of the excitement to the sideline with him. Everyone should want to see Soward at full strength. USC needs his big-play potential.
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November 27, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
If you hadn't been playing close attention to R. Jay Soward's career these past four seasons, just think of Friday's game against Louisiana Tech as one giant Cliff's Note. He showed flashes of brilliance. He wasn't fit. He left you wanting more. After a 53-yard touchdown catch, two other receptions, 47 yards on two reverse runs and a couple of punt returns, a virus got the best of him. The man blessed with all that speed and those elusive moves sat motionless on a bench for 90 minutes.
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August 5, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA and quarterback Cade McNown will open the football season under the rather bearable burden of expectations after being picked to win the Pacific 10 Conference title in a preseason poll, but USC, picked fourth, will have to try to fend off Purdue on Aug. 30 without receiver R. Jay Soward.
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November 27, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
If you hadn't been playing close attention to R. Jay Soward's career these past four seasons, just think of Friday's game against Louisiana Tech as one giant Cliff's Note. He showed flashes of brilliance. He wasn't fit. He left you wanting more. After a 53-yard touchdown catch, two other receptions, 47 yards on two reverse runs and a couple of punt returns, a virus got the best of him. The man blessed with all that speed and those elusive moves sat motionless on a bench for 90 minutes.
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August 19, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
The best thing you can say about R. Jay Soward's story is that it isn't over yet. It doesn't have to raise the question, "What if?" or become a tale of wasted opportunities. They already have one of those in the Soward family. Soward is a history major at USC, but he needs to look no further than his father to learn all the lessons from the past he needs to know. Rodney Soward's football career ended some 20 years ago at Cal Poly Pomona, stopped short, he believes, by himself.
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April 11, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two of the top receiver prospects in Saturday's NFL draft come from Los Angeles, but there's a catch. Two catches, actually. Danny Farmer leaves UCLA acknowledging that his disappointing senior season, through no fault of his skills, could cost him in this weekend's NFL draft, bringing additional scrutiny on his decision not to make himself available after a great '98 season. R.
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August 14, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the biggest question as USC opens training camp at UC Irvine today is how receiver R. Jay Soward spent his summer, face it, things are looking pretty good for the Trojans. Quarterback controversy? There isn't even a quarterback question anymore with sophomore Carson Palmer taking the snaps. It's true the Trojans have to rebuild a defense that lost Chris Claiborne, Rashard Cook and Daylon McCutcheon as they prepare for their Sept.
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September 2, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
R. Jay Soward ran a little pass route Tuesday, pulled off his helmet and made an announcement for anybody within earshot of Howard Jones Field. "I'm back!" The one-game suspension imposed by Coach Paul Hackett for Soward's academic shortcomings is over--and Soward admits now he kept hoping it would somehow end before USC's game against Purdue did. "I dreamed about it all week. I had a dream he came in at halftime and said, 'R. Jay, get dressed!' " Soward said. "He stuck by his decision, though.
SPORTS
August 19, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
The best thing you can say about R. Jay Soward's story is that it isn't over yet. It doesn't have to raise the question, "What if?" or become a tale of wasted opportunities. They already have one of those in the Soward family. Soward is a history major at USC, but he needs to look no further than his father to learn all the lessons from the past he needs to know. Rodney Soward's football career ended some 20 years ago at Cal Poly Pomona, stopped short, he believes, by himself.
SPORTS
August 14, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the biggest question as USC opens training camp at UC Irvine today is how receiver R. Jay Soward spent his summer, face it, things are looking pretty good for the Trojans. Quarterback controversy? There isn't even a quarterback question anymore with sophomore Carson Palmer taking the snaps. It's true the Trojans have to rebuild a defense that lost Chris Claiborne, Rashard Cook and Daylon McCutcheon as they prepare for their Sept.
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November 21, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
Today ought to be as good as it gets for the UCLA-USC rivalry, with UCLA's national championship hopes at stake in addition to the usual city bragging rights. There's just one thing preventing this matchup from being perfect: a sound R. Jay Soward. When USC's wide receiver/kick returner extraordinaire suffered a sprained ankle at Stanford two weeks ago, he took some of the excitement to the sideline with him. Everyone should want to see Soward at full strength. USC needs his big-play potential.
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November 8, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI and DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
USC receiver R. Jay Soward, who left Saturday's game early in the first quarter because of a sprained right ankle, indicated that he did not think it was serious enough for him to sit out USC's next game in two weeks against UCLA. "Yeah, that was for the TV," Soward said of his apparent pain after the injury, "so UCLA would say, 'Oh, he's not playing this year.' " In a slightly more official pronouncement, USC officials said that X-rays showed that there was no serious damage to Soward's ankle.
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September 2, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
R. Jay Soward ran a little pass route Tuesday, pulled off his helmet and made an announcement for anybody within earshot of Howard Jones Field. "I'm back!" The one-game suspension imposed by Coach Paul Hackett for Soward's academic shortcomings is over--and Soward admits now he kept hoping it would somehow end before USC's game against Purdue did. "I dreamed about it all week. I had a dream he came in at halftime and said, 'R. Jay, get dressed!' " Soward said. "He stuck by his decision, though.
SPORTS
August 5, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA and quarterback Cade McNown will open the football season under the rather bearable burden of expectations after being picked to win the Pacific 10 Conference title in a preseason poll, but USC, picked fourth, will have to try to fend off Purdue on Aug. 30 without receiver R. Jay Soward.
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April 22, 1998 | GREG SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC Coach Paul Hackett has put receiver R. Jay Soward, one of the Trojans' best offensive weapons, and reserve safety Darnell Lacy on notice that if they don't improve their performance in the classroom, they won't be performing on the football field. After already suspending the players from spring practices--which conclude Saturday--earlier this month, Hackett suspended both players from USC's Aug.
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November 1, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Are we in a pattern here? At USC, R. Jay Soward is the preferred new spelling for E-X-P-L-O-S-I-V-E. After his first game as a Trojan, the USC freshman receiver-kick returner was averaging 97 yards a catch. At Arizona State, he rendered a screaming crowd of 74,947 mute with a 98-yard kickoff return, giving USC a 28-21 lead. At Washington State last Saturday night, he ran the second-half kickoff back 78 yards, tying the score, 10-10.
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April 22, 1998 | GREG SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC Coach Paul Hackett has put receiver R. Jay Soward, one of the Trojans' best offensive weapons, and reserve safety Darnell Lacy on notice that if they don't improve their performance in the classroom, they won't be performing on the football field. After already suspending the players from spring practices--which conclude Saturday--earlier this month, Hackett suspended both players from USC's Aug.
SPORTS
October 10, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All R. Jay Soward has to do is jog by, and you'll feel a little breeze. If he's sprinting, watch out. "He'll run by your ear in a minute," USC cornerback Brian Kelly said. "With the talent he has, he's dangerous." With the mouth he has, he can be dangerous too. Soward's laughing banter doesn't have a bit of belligerence in it, but it always comes thisclose to being bulletin-board material. Those who know the Trojans' live-wire receiver can only smile and roll their eyes.
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