September 10, 2001 |
In the first half, Aaron Brooks looked hesitant. Ricky Williams was nearly invisible. It didn't matter as long as safety Sammy Knight kept getting the ball back for the New Orleans Saints. Knight matched a franchise record with three interceptions, two of which led to 10 points, jump-starting the Saints to a 24-6 season-opening victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. "That was huge," said Williams, who scored a touchdown and rushed for 87 of his 93 yards in the second half.
October 13, 1996 |
The hardest hit of the game came in the fourth quarter when USC linebacker Sammy Knight and safety Grant Pearsall teamed up and tackled Arizona backup quarterback Brady Batten. Batten had scrambled 11 yards for a first down but fumbled after being sandwiched at the Arizona 48-yard line. The fumble was recovered by USC's Matt Keneley. "I didn't think that he saw me," said Knight, who finished with a team-high 10 tackles. "I saw Grant coming up and I was coming from the side.
September 13, 1995 |
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.
October 25, 1996 |
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."
December 13, 1996 |
Mike Riley, USC's offensive coordinator, said Thursday night he has agreed to become Oregon State's head coach. The official announcement will be made today in Corvallis. . . . Senior linebacker Sammy Knight was named USC's most valuable player at the team's awards banquet. Knight led the Trojans in tackles (121) for the second consecutive season and also led in interceptions (five).
March 22, 1997 |
USC begins spring football practice this morning at 11, leading up to its April 19 spring game. In the fifth season of his second USC term, Coach John Robinson has eight returning starters on offense and six on defense from a team that went 6-6. The most-watched position battle this spring will be at quarterback, where sophomores John Fox and Quincy Woods and freshman Mike Van Raaphorst are competing to replace the graduated Brad Otton.