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April 16, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
R. Jay Soward tried to avoid watching the NFL draft, tried to dodge the televised proceedings as if they were stalking defensive backs, tried to avoid getting caught in the emotional roller coaster, even if this was his future at stake. So he mingled among the 50 or so people who flooded the family home in Rialto instead of staring at the TV. Maybe it helped that he had an idea what would happen.
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November 22, 2005 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
R. Jay Soward is far from Jacksonville, but not so far from controversy. He finished his second season in the Canadian Football League Sunday, going out with a flamboyant stunt when he caught a 43-yard touchdown pass for the Toronto Argonauts, then stopped at a concession stand near the end zone for a bag of popcorn -- only to watch Montreal rally to win. It was a move Soward, a former USC standout, said he modeled after Keyshawn Johnson, but the outcome wasn't what he hoped.
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November 25, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY
Freshman receiver R. Jay Soward averaged 43.3 yards per catch on his record-breaking day against UCLA on Saturday. His 260 receiving yards on six catches easily surpassed Johnnie Morton's school record of 229 yards on eight catches against Washington State in 1993. He also broke the NCAA record for freshmen, 243 yards, by Darnay Scott of San Diego State set in 1991.
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January 10, 2002 | Times Wire Services
Jacksonville Jaguar receiver R. Jay Soward was suspended Wednesday by the NFL for the 2002 season following his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Soward, Jacksonville's top draft pick in 2000 from USC, didn't play this season because of three previous suspensions, including one by the club. * Dennis Green won't be coaching in the NFL next season. He'll be gone fishin'.
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September 14, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Update that incredible R. Jay Soward touchdowns-per-touch statistic. It's now one touchdown every 5.5 times he has touched the ball in his 22-game USC career. That's down from 5.9 after scoring three touchdowns and racking up 256 yards on nine plays Saturday. Soward wants it even lower. "My goal is basically . . . score every time you touch the ball," Soward said after scoring on a 53-yard reception, an eight-yard reception and a 74-yard punt return against San Diego State.
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September 20, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
R. Jay Soward has scored a touchdown every 7.3 times he has touched the ball during his career. But the stunning statistic now is this: Soward hasn't scored a touchdown in 8.0 games, dating back to Washington State, the seventh game last season. Granted, he didn't play much against Stanford or UCLA last year because of injury, and he had a touchdown Saturday against San Diego State nullified because of a holding penalty.
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November 23, 1997
RUSHING *--* Player, Team No. Yds. TD CHRIS McCOY, Navy 27 268 3 AMOS ZEREOUE, W. Virginia 32 234 1 JONATHAN LINTON, N. Carolina 36 199 2 HAROLD SHAW, So. Miss. 29 188 3 CARLOS MEEKS, San Jose St. 23 181 2 ROBERT EDWARDS, Georgia 32 180 1 *--* PASSING *--* Player, Team Att. Comp. Yds. TD PEYTON MANNING, Tenn. 35 25 523 5 TIM COUCH, Kentucky 50 35 476 2 JON DENTON, UNLV 44 26 401 5 MATT HASSELBECK, B.C. 46 31 393 3 JASON MILLS, North Texas 38 22 377 4 RYAN LEAF, Wash. St.
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August 8, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY
USC puts on full pads today for the first time and goes from three to two practices a day in its preseason training camp. Working out in shorts in Wednesday's mid-day workout, freshman receiver R. Jay Soward and sophomore safety Rashard Cook made the big plays in separate drills. Soward made a spectacular leaping, one-handed catch while falling to the ground, and Cook did the same later, for an interception.
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December 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Jacksonville receiver and former USC standout R. Jay Soward was suspended indefinitely Monday for breaking team rules, making it even less likely the troubled receiver will play for the team again. Coach Tom Coughlin said the Jaguars were checking with the league and the NFL Players Association to determine how long the team could suspend Soward. The collective-bargaining agreement says teams may suspend a player for up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the league.
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October 25, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD and LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
USC receiver R. Jay Soward, best known for big plays and spectacular returns, was all but blanked Saturday against Oregon. He had three catches for nine yards, no punt returns, and one kickoff return for 10 yards. "I'm stopping myself," Soward said, not wanting to give all the credit to Oregon's defense. Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti gave the defense credit. "I think our defense gave an outstanding effort. I was really pleased with our special teams coverage as well, shutting down R.
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December 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Jacksonville receiver and former USC standout R. Jay Soward was suspended indefinitely Monday for breaking team rules, making it even less likely the troubled receiver will play for the team again. Coach Tom Coughlin said the Jaguars were checking with the league and the NFL Players Association to determine how long the team could suspend Soward. The collective-bargaining agreement says teams may suspend a player for up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the league.
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September 19, 2001 | Associated Press
Jacksonville Jaguar receiver R. Jay Soward repeatedly threatened police officers and was charged with disorderly conduct after being arrested at a theme park in Orlando. Officers said Soward, serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was arrested after police found him intoxicated on a substance "other than alcohol." The arrest occurred July 21 but was not reported in media until this week. Soward is free on $250 bond pending a court date.
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April 16, 2000 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
R. Jay Soward tried to avoid watching the NFL draft, tried to dodge the televised proceedings as if they were stalking defensive backs, tried to avoid getting caught in the emotional roller coaster, even if this was his future at stake. So he mingled among the 50 or so people who flooded the family home in Rialto instead of staring at the TV. Maybe it helped that he had an idea what would happen.
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October 11, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
USC receiver R. Jay Soward was treated and released from a Tucson hospital Saturday after undergoing precautionary tests after suffering a concussion during the Trojans' loss to Arizona. Soward flew home later Saturday night with his father and a USC trainer. Soward is expected to play against Notre Dame this week, but is officially listed as "possible" and his condition will be monitored.
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September 29, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
There was one moment in overtime Saturday night when raucous Autzen Stadium was absolutely quiet. R. Jay Soward silenced the crowd with a clutch catch in the corner of the end zone to help send USC and Oregon to a third overtime before Oregon won, 33-30. Maybe Soward hushed some of his detractors too, with 241 all-purpose yards in one of the most determined performances of his career.
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September 23, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
R. Jay Soward is trying to break out of his early-season funk, and if practice is any indication, he might do it this week. "He's doing awesome," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "He came out today and caught just about every single ball I threw at him, a lot of deep balls and stuff. "We've got our connection back going again. I think we'll do real well together this game."
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October 11, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
USC receiver R. Jay Soward was treated and released from a Tucson hospital Saturday after undergoing precautionary tests after suffering a concussion during the Trojans' loss to Arizona. Soward flew home later Saturday night with his father and a USC trainer. Soward is expected to play against Notre Dame this week, but is officially listed as "possible" and his condition will be monitored.
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September 23, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
R. Jay Soward is trying to break out of his early-season funk, and if practice is any indication, he might do it this week. "He's doing awesome," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "He came out today and caught just about every single ball I threw at him, a lot of deep balls and stuff. "We've got our connection back going again. I think we'll do real well together this game."
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September 20, 1999 | ROBYN NORWOOD
R. Jay Soward has scored a touchdown every 7.3 times he has touched the ball during his career. But the stunning statistic now is this: Soward hasn't scored a touchdown in 8.0 games, dating back to Washington State, the seventh game last season. Granted, he didn't play much against Stanford or UCLA last year because of injury, and he had a touchdown Saturday against San Diego State nullified because of a holding penalty.
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