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August 30, 2009 | Gary Klein
In the aftermath of Coach Pete Carroll 's decision to name Matt Barkley USC's starting quarterback, all eyes were on the freshman's arm and Aaron Corp 's legs during Saturday's mock game at the Coliseum. Barkley impressed at times but showed he still has some growing to do and Corp appeared sound, even sliding after scrambling for a first down. But any buzz about a quarterback controversy going into the opener against San Jose State was muted some by a broken collarbone suffered by receiver Ronald Johnson . The junior, who was set to start opposite Damian Williams , was injured after catching a 34-yard pass from Barkley.
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December 1, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Ronald Johnson looks forward to Saturday night's game against UCLA because it marks his final opportunity to play for the Trojans and another chance to beat the Bruins. Of course, there's another reason. "I get a chance to redeem myself," he said Tuesday. Johnson dropped a certain touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of USC's 20-16 loss to Notre Dame, and then spent a long weekend reliving it. "I should have caught the ball. I should have made the play," he said.
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October 13, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC quarterback Matt Barkley has started to play like a veteran. The Trojans' offensive line remains solid as expected and the rushing attack appears to be clicking with a reconfigured 1-2 tailback punch. So as sixth-ranked USC prepares for Saturday's game at No. 25 Notre Dame, only one position group on offense appears to be lagging: The receivers. "We need to play a lot better," sophomore Brice Butler said. "We haven't been making plays the whole season." Butler might be a tad overcritical, but there is no denying the lack of production.
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November 27, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
It was a touchdown. Then, it wasn't. These are still the same old Trojans. No, they aren't. In a rainy Saturday night mist, USC's forbidden autumn found itself on the fingertips of receiver Ronald Johnson, 15 yards from a game-winning score, nothing between him and the end zone but deep green grass and red Trojans paint. The defender had slipped. The pass had not. Johnson swiveled to make the glorious catch and complete the glorious run and . . . he dropped it. USC had a chance to win its ninth consecutive game against Notre Dame, and it dropped the ball.
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December 13, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, is expected to announce soon that he will make himself available for the NFL draft, a family source confirmed Saturday. Johnson's intent to turn pro was first reported last week by NFL.com. After the Trojans' first workout in preparation for the Emerald Bowl, Coach Pete Carroll said that he had spoken to Johnson and that the senior "hasn't decided that yet, officially."
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November 19, 2008 | Gary Klein, Klein is a Times staff writer.
Mark Sanchez has not had a pass intercepted in three games and continues to lead the Pacific 10 Conference in passing efficiency. So is it perception or reality that Sanchez is not playing as well as he did early in the season? USC dialed back the passing game against California two weeks ago and then put the ball in the air only 17 times against Stanford after Sanchez struggled in the first quarter.
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November 11, 2007 | Gary Klein and Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writers
BERKELEY -- Freshman Ronald Johnson continued to provide USC with big kickoff returns Saturday during the 12th-ranked Trojans' 24-17 victory over No. 24 California at Memorial Stadium. Johnson returned four kicks for 102 yards, including one for 41 yards and another for 35. Johnson entered the game averaging 24.9 yards a return, fourth in the Pacific 10 Conference. "I'm looking forward to breaking one for a touchdown," he said. "I'm getting closer and closer. It will come."
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November 23, 2007 | Gary Klein and Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writers
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Freshman Ronald Johnson continued to be a productive kickoff returner and added to his resume with a long pass reception Thursday during 11th-ranked USC's 44-24 victory over seventh-ranked Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. Johnson returned the opening kickoff 49 yards to set up a touchdown. He caught the ball in the end zone and brought it out despite visible instruction from Desmond Reed not to.
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October 9, 2009 | David Wharton
There was a distinctly medical tone to the USC football practice on Thursday, and the prognosis was encouraging. The good news started with a visit from a doctor who is treating Stafon Johnson for the severe throat injury the tailback suffered in a weightlifting accident last week. Johnson had undergone a series of tests earlier in the day. "They were beside themselves with the wonderful results they got, to see how everything they worked on is looking great at this point," Coach Pete Carroll said.
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October 30, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Ronald Johnson , who had taken a back seat to freshman Robert Woods the last few games, reemerged in the Trojans' 53-32 loss against top-ranked Oregon on Saturday at the Coliseum. Johnson, a senior, caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a two-point conversion pass and returned four punts for 94 yards, including a 55-yarder that helped set up a third-quarter go-ahead touchdown. Woods wasn't bad, either. He had seen catches for 58 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 200 yards.
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September 16, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Ronald Johnson has built his reputation at USC by leaving defenders in his wake on deep pass patterns. But the route his mother, Miranda, remembers most was the very deliberate walk her son took at a Michigan airport. That was more than three years ago, when the speedy receiver left for college. "We had already said goodbye but I watched him go down the line and my phone rang," she said. "I could see his back and I could see he had the phone at his ear. He says, 'Mom, thank you for everything.
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September 10, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Ronald Johnson is hoping for a repeat performance Saturday night when the 16th-ranked Trojans play Virginia at the Coliseum. Johnson caught three touchdown passes and returned a punt for a touchdown last week against Hawaii. The senior from Michigan also has some history against Virginia. As a sophomore in 2008, Johnson caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez late in the third quarter of the Trojans' 52-7 season-opening rout at Charlottesville, Va. "Mark told me in the huddle, 'Just keep running and I'll get it there,'" Johnson recalled.
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August 23, 2010 | By Gary Klein
There was no official announcement, but as USC moved toward game-week preparations for Hawaii, several competitions for starting positions came into clearer focus Monday. Junior Marc Tyler took the vast majority of snaps as the first-team tailback and freshman receiver Robert Woods lined up opposite senior wideout Ronald Johnson . Sophomore middle linebacker Devon Kennard and freshman cornerback Nickell Robey worked with the first-unit defense. Coach Lane Kiffin said he would release a depth chart on Saturday.
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April 22, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Receiver Ronald Johnson was the offensive star for most of USC's spring practice, showing improved route running and a knack for getting open and making big plays. The senior from Michigan, however, will probably sit out the remaining four workouts because of an elbow sprain and could also require off-season wrist surgery, Coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday. "We'd still like to have him out there, but if there was somebody that would be the most ready to play for our offensive players, he would be it," Kiffin said.
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December 13, 2009 | By Gary Klein
USC tailback Stafon Johnson , who suffered season-ending throat injuries in a September weightlifting accident, is expected to announce soon that he will make himself available for the NFL draft, a family source confirmed Saturday. Johnson's intent to turn pro was first reported last week by NFL.com. After the Trojans' first workout in preparation for the Emerald Bowl, Coach Pete Carroll said that he had spoken to Johnson and that the senior "hasn't decided that yet, officially."
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October 23, 2009 | Gary Klein
By the time USC center Kristofer O'Dowd arrived at training camp in August, he already had been selected to several preseason All-American teams. But the junior suffered a knee injury in the Trojans' second scrimmage and has struggled to regain his form while starting the last five games. So when the Trojans resume their Pacific 10 Conference schedule on Saturday against Oregon State, O'Dowd will be on the bench. "I haven't played up to my capability or my standards as well as my coaches' standards," O'Dowd said Thursday.
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October 7, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC quarterback Matt Barkley met Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen about five years ago when both worked with the same private position coach. Barkley was in eighth grade at the time, Clausen already a star at Westlake Village Oaks Christian. They still occasionally work out together during the off-season with mentor Steve Clarkson . "We're good buds," Barkley said Tuesday after USC practiced for the first time since Saturday's 30-3 victory over California. The Trojans have an open date this week, but they already have begun preparing for their Oct. 17 game at South Bend, Ind. Barkley has completed 59% of his passes and has thrown for three touchdowns with two interceptions in four starts.
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October 25, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC receiver Ronald Johnson appears to be back. Johnson, a junior who suffered a broken collarbone during training camp, made a diving catch for a touchdown in the Trojans' 42-36 Pacific 10 Conference victory over Oregon State on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Johnson missed the first five games of the season before returning last week against Notre Dame. He had one catch against the Fighting Irish on a pass that tipped off the hands of fellow receiver Damian Williams , but otherwise struggled to play at his regular game speed.
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October 23, 2009 | Gary Klein
By the time USC center Kristofer O'Dowd arrived at training camp in August, he already had been selected to several preseason All-American teams. But the junior suffered a knee injury in the Trojans' second scrimmage and has struggled to regain his form while starting the last five games. So when the Trojans resume their Pacific 10 Conference schedule on Saturday against Oregon State, O'Dowd will be on the bench. "I haven't played up to my capability or my standards as well as my coaches' standards," O'Dowd said Thursday.
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