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.
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).
October 24, 1996 |
Both Coach John Robinson and linebacker Sammy Knight said this week that the dramatic, 98-yard fourth-quarter kickoff return by freshman R. Jay Soward against Arizona State hurt as well as helped USC, which lost, 48-35, in overtime. Robinson said Tuesday at his media luncheon that the USC defense had just come off the field after a 98-yard scoring drive when Soward ran the kickoff back, giving USC a 28-21 lead.
October 1, 1996 |
With four starters suspended, Saturday's Coliseum game with unbeaten Cal becomes much more interesting. The Trojans could actually be missing a fifth starter--freshman guard Faaesea Mailo, who injured a shoulder against Houston and still isn't practicing. Robinson said Cedric Jefferson will start at defensive tackle for Darrell Russell, Ryan Tyiska for Sammy Knight at weakside linebacker, Billy Miller for Larry Parker at wide receiver and Rashard Cook for safety Brian Kelly.