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August 28, 1987 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
It hasn't been a particularly fruitful journey for Ryan Knight, the erstwhile Heisman Trophy candidate whose modest totals led USC in rushing the last two seasons, but who now finds himself listed as a backup. The senior tailback has spent his entire college career moving up and down the depth chart. And using him as a regular always seems to be a last resort.
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August 20, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD
The names Knight and Keneley are still on the USC roster, even though last season's leading tackler Sammy Knight and standout defensive lineman Matt Keneley are gone. Freshman defensive back Darryl Knight is the younger brother of Sammy Knight as well as of Ryan Knight, who led USC in rushing in 1985 and '86. Todd Keneley, a walk-on defensive lineman from Saddleback College and Mission Viejo High, is Matt's younger brother.
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SPORTS
August 23, 1987
Tailback Ryan Knight, playing mostly with the second team, ran for 64 yards in 11 carries Saturday, including touchdown runs of 15 and 8 yards, during an intrasquad scrimmage at USC. Other highlights of the 120-play scrimmage included a 19-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback Ricky Ervins, who played in the first-team backfield with freshman tailback Scott Lockwood and quarterback Rodney Peete, and field goals of 40, 44 and 52 yards by freshman Quin Rodriguez.
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October 25, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sammy Knight told an interviewer a couple of years ago that the one thing he couldn't understand about football was why games weren't played two or three times a week. At the time, he was on his way to becoming a three-year starter at safety. Now, he's a 212-pound linebacker and knows why there's only one game a week. "When I played safety, I was fresh all the time, ready to play," he said. "Now, on Mondays, I hurt everywhere--particularly my shoulders."
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September 2, 1987 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
When all else fails, apparently, there's always Ryan Knight. USC's senior tailback found himself back on top of the depth chart Tuesday. Coach Larry Smith announced that Knight will start in the Trojans' nationally televised opener at Michigan State Monday night because No. 1 tailback Steven Webster, still nursing an ankle injury he suffered in a pick-up basketball game in July, won't be able to play enough to be effective as a starter.
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November 30, 1985
The Trojan victory could have marked the emergence of Ryan Knight as another in the long line of outstanding USC halfbacks. Alas, it is not to be. He was lost forever near the end of the game when, as Tom Kelly picturesquely announced, he "literally exploded" at the line of scrimmage. GERALD R. FINLEY Huntington Beach
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May 6, 1988 | Associated Press
The Seattle Seahawks announced the signing Thursday of seven free agents, including running back Ryan Knight and quarterback Kevin McLean of USC. The Seahawks' other free-agent signees were linebacker Gallen Allen of Arizona, defensive end Richard Cooper of Tennessee, kicker Eric Stein of Eastern Washington, defensive back David Vickers of Oklahoma and safety Donald Wilson of Pennsylvania.
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September 13, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In January of 1993, John Robinson stood at the front door of the Riverside home of Sam and Blanche Knight, ringing the doorbell. Only days earlier, Robinson had been hired as USC's football coach for the second time, and he was in a hurry. He probably wondered, as he waited for someone to answer the door, where Terry Donahue was that night. Or Lou Holtz. The Knights are the parents of Sammy Dee Knight, then a standout defensive back at nearby Rubidoux High. Robinson wanted him for USC.
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August 20, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD
The names Knight and Keneley are still on the USC roster, even though last season's leading tackler Sammy Knight and standout defensive lineman Matt Keneley are gone. Freshman defensive back Darryl Knight is the younger brother of Sammy Knight as well as of Ryan Knight, who led USC in rushing in 1985 and '86. Todd Keneley, a walk-on defensive lineman from Saddleback College and Mission Viejo High, is Matt's younger brother.
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August 28, 1986 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Two of UCLA's talented tailbacks, Gaston Green and Eric Ball, are prominently displayed on the cover of a national magazine. A caption says: "How about a two-headed Heisman?" What's this, UCLA backs crowding into the turf of crosstown rival USC, which is renowned for its Heisman Trophy-winning tailbacks? Weren't Heisman winners Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charles White and Marcus Allen, as well as runners-up Anthony Davis and the late Ricky Bell, all Trojans?
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September 13, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In January of 1993, John Robinson stood at the front door of the Riverside home of Sam and Blanche Knight, ringing the doorbell. Only days earlier, Robinson had been hired as USC's football coach for the second time, and he was in a hurry. He probably wondered, as he waited for someone to answer the door, where Terry Donahue was that night. Or Lou Holtz. The Knights are the parents of Sammy Dee Knight, then a standout defensive back at nearby Rubidoux High. Robinson wanted him for USC.
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May 6, 1988 | Associated Press
The Seattle Seahawks announced the signing Thursday of seven free agents, including running back Ryan Knight and quarterback Kevin McLean of USC. The Seahawks' other free-agent signees were linebacker Gallen Allen of Arizona, defensive end Richard Cooper of Tennessee, kicker Eric Stein of Eastern Washington, defensive back David Vickers of Oklahoma and safety Donald Wilson of Pennsylvania.
SPORTS
September 2, 1987 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
When all else fails, apparently, there's always Ryan Knight. USC's senior tailback found himself back on top of the depth chart Tuesday. Coach Larry Smith announced that Knight will start in the Trojans' nationally televised opener at Michigan State Monday night because No. 1 tailback Steven Webster, still nursing an ankle injury he suffered in a pick-up basketball game in July, won't be able to play enough to be effective as a starter.
SPORTS
August 28, 1987 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
It hasn't been a particularly fruitful journey for Ryan Knight, the erstwhile Heisman Trophy candidate whose modest totals led USC in rushing the last two seasons, but who now finds himself listed as a backup. The senior tailback has spent his entire college career moving up and down the depth chart. And using him as a regular always seems to be a last resort.
SPORTS
August 23, 1987
Tailback Ryan Knight, playing mostly with the second team, ran for 64 yards in 11 carries Saturday, including touchdown runs of 15 and 8 yards, during an intrasquad scrimmage at USC. Other highlights of the 120-play scrimmage included a 19-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback Ricky Ervins, who played in the first-team backfield with freshman tailback Scott Lockwood and quarterback Rodney Peete, and field goals of 40, 44 and 52 yards by freshman Quin Rodriguez.
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November 5, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
It was a night most high school running backs wouldn't dare dream about. Rubidoux High School tailback Ryan Knight established a Southern Section single-game rushing record with 501 yards in 31 carries in the Falcons' 58-7 victory over Corona on Nov. 4, 1983. Knight scored on runs of 68, 56, 36 and 49 yards. He had 125 yards called back because of penalties.
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October 25, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sammy Knight told an interviewer a couple of years ago that the one thing he couldn't understand about football was why games weren't played two or three times a week. At the time, he was on his way to becoming a three-year starter at safety. Now, he's a 212-pound linebacker and knows why there's only one game a week. "When I played safety, I was fresh all the time, ready to play," he said. "Now, on Mondays, I hurt everywhere--particularly my shoulders."
SPORTS
November 5, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
It was a night most high school running backs wouldn't dare dream about. Rubidoux High School tailback Ryan Knight established a Southern Section single-game rushing record with 501 yards in 31 carries in the Falcons' 58-7 victory over Corona on Nov. 4, 1983. Knight scored on runs of 68, 56, 36 and 49 yards. He had 125 yards called back because of penalties.
SPORTS
August 28, 1986 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Two of UCLA's talented tailbacks, Gaston Green and Eric Ball, are prominently displayed on the cover of a national magazine. A caption says: "How about a two-headed Heisman?" What's this, UCLA backs crowding into the turf of crosstown rival USC, which is renowned for its Heisman Trophy-winning tailbacks? Weren't Heisman winners Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charles White and Marcus Allen, as well as runners-up Anthony Davis and the late Ricky Bell, all Trojans?
SPORTS
November 30, 1985
The Trojan victory could have marked the emergence of Ryan Knight as another in the long line of outstanding USC halfbacks. Alas, it is not to be. He was lost forever near the end of the game when, as Tom Kelly picturesquely announced, he "literally exploded" at the line of scrimmage. GERALD R. FINLEY Huntington Beach
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