August 5, 1998 |
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.
November 27, 1999 |
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.
November 2, 1997 |
Normally, sophomore R. Jay Soward is chatty and outgoing, as vibrant a presence in USC's locker room as he is on the field. But Saturday was not a normal day for Soward or the Trojans. Soward, the big-play wide receiver who leads the Trojans with seven touchdowns, failed to catch a pass Saturday in USC's 27-0 loss to seventh-ranked Washington at Husky Stadium.
August 19, 1999 |
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.
April 11, 2000 |
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.
November 8, 1998 |
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.