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January 2, 1990 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When USC needed a big play on the ground, they ran a simple off-tackle blast with tailback Ricky Ervins carrying the ball behind the blocking of fullback Leroy Holt. In the Trojans' playbook, the play is called "86," which calls for quarterback Todd Marinovich to roll outside his strongside tackle and hand off to Ervins. Nothing fancy, just power football. But against Michigan in Monday's Rose Bowl game, it was a play that buried the Wolverines.
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December 28, 2009 | Jerry Crowe
After scoring the winning touchdown in USC's victory over Michigan on Jan. 1, 1990, celebrating with teammates and packing up his hardware, Ricky Ervins did something that probably no other Rose Bowl player of the game has ever done. He walked home. Unique among Rose Bowl most valuable players, Ervins grew up less than a mile from the famous stadium, parked cars there on New Year's Day and was a star at Pasadena Muir High. He was, in short, a local boy made good, which is not to suggest that the journey to Rose Bowl immortality was anything close to a walk in Brookside Park for the former USC tailback.
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October 17, 1990 | JERRY CROWE
Tailback Ricky Ervins returned to practice Monday for the first time since spraining his left ankle on Sept. 29 against Ohio State, but sophomore Mazio Royster is expected to start against Arizona Saturday at the Coliseum. "His status is still unknown," Coach Larry Smith said of Ervins. "I would say it's moved from possible to probable. (But) Mazio, as long as he's healthy, will start. Ricky, hopefully, will be ready to play. And if he is, he definitely will play some."
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January 12, 1992 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ricky Ervins, the Washington Redskins' rookie running back from USC, stood behind the scrimmage line last week, minding his own business in the Atlanta game, when quarterback Mark Rypien called a draw-play audible. "It surprised me," Ervins said after practice the other day. "We only had four (running) plays in the (game) plan--and none of them were draws." Nonetheless, he welcomed the opportunity. "I'd rather run a draw than anything," Ervins said.
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October 5, 1990 | JERRY CROWE
If tailback Ricky Ervins, who sprained his left ankle last week, is unable to play Saturday night against Washington State at the Coliseum, sophomore Mazio Royster from Bishop Amat High School in La Puente probably will make his first start for the Trojans. Royster has carried only 15 times in 1 1/2 seasons at USC, averaging 7.9 yards a carry. He had a 50-yard run last week against Ohio State.
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September 24, 1989 | Jim Murray
Well,I'm certainly glad Woody Hayes wasn't around to see that! Woody would have been in the bunker demanding to know if Paris was burning. Well, no, but I sure would have hated to be the one to go down to the locker room and say brightly, "Well, Woody, how did it go?!" It went USC 42, Ohio State 3. You heard me. Now, we know what a Buckeye is. A land animal most often found on its own 20-yard line.
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April 15, 1989 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
USC football Coach Larry Smith announced Friday that Pat O'Hara has beaten out Todd Marinovich, a red-shirt freshman, for the No. 1 quarterback spot going into the fall workouts. "He's cut down on his errors and he's throwing much stronger passes," Smith said in evaluating O'Hara's performance in the just-concluded spring practice. "But his biggest suit is the leadership and confidence that he brings." O'Hara, who will be a junior, has thrown only seven passes in his college career, all last season.
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October 20, 1991 | VITO STELLINO, BALTIMORE SUN
When the Washington Redskins were evaluating this year's draft, they had Leonard Russell of Arizona State at the head of the running back class. After Russell, the picture was a bit cloudy. "We had a lot of guys grouped together," Washington General Manager Charley Casserly said. That's why they had their videotape department put together a tape of five games of each back. "It wasn't a highlight film," Casserly said. "It was every run, good and bad."
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October 24, 1991 | KEN MURRAY, BALTIMORE SUN
David Meggett took the NFL by surprise three years ago, scooting 62 yards with a short circle pass in his New York Giant debut against the Washington Redskins. No sooner had the 5-foot-7 dynamo from Towson State crossed the goal line than the rest of the league went shopping for a little back just like him. The San Francisco 49ers made 5-9 Dexter Carter a first-round pick in the next draft. Atlanta did likewise with 5-7 Steve Broussard.
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December 6, 1986 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
Muir High School of Pasadena in the Coastal Conference football title game without much help from star running back Ricky Ervins? Who would have thought it? Last season, maybe, since the Mustangs had an outstanding corps of receivers. But this was supposed to be different, a regular it's-all-up-to-Ervins kind of season. It was no different.
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October 24, 1991 | KEN MURRAY, BALTIMORE SUN
David Meggett took the NFL by surprise three years ago, scooting 62 yards with a short circle pass in his New York Giant debut against the Washington Redskins. No sooner had the 5-foot-7 dynamo from Towson State crossed the goal line than the rest of the league went shopping for a little back just like him. The San Francisco 49ers made 5-9 Dexter Carter a first-round pick in the next draft. Atlanta did likewise with 5-7 Steve Broussard.
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October 20, 1991 | VITO STELLINO, BALTIMORE SUN
When the Washington Redskins were evaluating this year's draft, they had Leonard Russell of Arizona State at the head of the running back class. After Russell, the picture was a bit cloudy. "We had a lot of guys grouped together," Washington General Manager Charley Casserly said. That's why they had their videotape department put together a tape of five games of each back. "It wasn't a highlight film," Casserly said. "It was every run, good and bad."
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August 4, 1991 | VITO STELLINO, BALTIMORE SUN
Every time Joe Gibbs thinks about Dave Meggett wearing a New York Giants' uniform, he remembers the 1989 NFL draft. "I'm still mad about that," the Washington Redskins' coach said Wednesday. "Bobby (Beathard) got everybody out of Towson (State) except Meggett." Beathard, the former Redskins' general manager who now is general manager for the San Diego Chargers, invited several Towson players to camp. None of the free agents he signed from the school made it.
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August 2, 1991 | RICHARD JUSTICE, WASHINGTON POST
Many NFL training camps have a story like this one around this time of the summer. A story about fresh legs and breakaway speed, about a player who has looked so good that he looks like an immediate home-run threat and may have the potential to add another dimension to almost any offense. The Washington Redskins have one of these stories -- Ricky Ervins, a former USC tailback who was the 76th player and eighth running back taken in this spring's draft.
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October 25, 1990 | JERRY CROWE
What's become of Ricky Ervins? Last season's Pacific 10 Conference rushing leader, Ervins hasn't played since Sept. 29, when he sprained his left ankle while rushing for 199 yards against Ohio State, and isn't expected to play Saturday against Arizona State at Tempe. He no longer is listed on the depth chart. "Until he can start practicing and practice two days in a row, I'm not going to list him," Coach Larry Smith said.
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October 5, 1990 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His pride broken after a miserable game against Washington, USC tailback Ricky Ervins sought the advice last week of a former Heisman Trophy winner. Mike Garrett's message to him was simple and direct. "I told him to quit being a (sissy) and be aggressive--attack people and hurt them," Garrett said. "I told him that the toughest people on the field are running backs, not linebackers, and that when he (attacks), he'll gain their respect.
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August 30, 1990 | From Associated Press
Talk to the Syracuse defensive players about Todd Marinovich and they will add a second name--Ricky Ervins--to the Southern Cal offensive equation. Ervins is the latest in what seems to be an endless line of good Southern Cal tailbacks, and one who could benefit greatly if Marinovich can match his passing statistics of a year ago for the ninth-ranked Trojans of 1990. And if things really go well, the words All-American and Heisman could be synonymous with Ervins.
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