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December 29, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting on his USC years, the Trojans' biggest football player, Stu Gage, said, "I'm one of the lucky ones--I didn't kill anyone." Gage, a senior nose guard who closes out his collegiate career in the Rose Bowl on Monday, wasn't talking about football. He was talking about his battle with alcoholism, a battle he says he believes he has won. Gage, 6 feet 4, weighs from 330 to 350 pounds. He looks like a guy who might occasionally enjoy a cold beer. And at one time, he did. But not one.
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December 29, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting on his USC years, the Trojans' biggest football player, Stu Gage, said, "I'm one of the lucky ones--I didn't kill anyone." Gage, a senior nose guard who closes out his collegiate career in the Rose Bowl on Monday, wasn't talking about football. He was talking about his battle with alcoholism, a battle he says he believes he has won. Gage, 6 feet 4, weighs from 330 to 350 pounds. He looks like a guy who might occasionally enjoy a cold beer. And at one time, he did. But not one.
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December 22, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
Scott Fields, who finished the season as USC's backup tailback behind Shawn Walters, has been switched to strong safety and will play the position against Utah in the Dec. 30 game at Anaheim Stadium, Coach John Robinson said. Fields gained 231 yards, third-highest total among Trojan backs. In another switch, 300-pound sophomore Stu Gage was moved from offensive tackle to the defensive line.
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August 24, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY
Coach John Robinson singled out two converted offensive players Wednesday, safety Scott Fields and inside linebacker Taso Papadakis. "Those two have improved their lateral movement more in one year than anyone I've ever been around," he said. Fields, a senior, was briefly a tailback starter in 1993. Papadakis, a sophomore, started as a fullback, until it was discovered he had difficulty catching passes.
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August 25, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY
The coaching staff has given no indication as to whether Brad Otton or Kyle Wachholtz will start at quarterback in the San Jose State opener Sept. 9, but Wachholtz has a hunch on this one: Otton. Otton started two games for injured Rob Johnson last year and completed nearly 60% of his passes. Wachholtz was academically ineligible. " . . . If things stay even, like they are now, I think Coach [John] Robinson will probably go with Brad for the opener because he played last year," Wachholtz said.
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September 2, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY
Senior cornerback Mario Bradley, who was apparently unhappy over prospects he might lose his starting spot and stayed away from practices Wednesday and Thursday, rejoined the team Friday. "One thing we're determined to do with this team is foster competition at every position," Coach John Robinson said. "Mario now understands that. We gave him an opportunity to get away and he came back and asked for a chance to compete for a starting spot."
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December 28, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not long ago, Keith Burns, the USC football team's new defensive coordinator, was asked to speak at a high school football awards banquet. He didn't talk about USC's Cotton Bowl date with Texas Tech. Or about standout wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who was also there to speak. Or on how he planned to retool USC's defense. And he didn't use the occasion as a recruiting opportunity--not even with two dozen high school prospects sitting before him.
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August 30, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their goal is often referred to as "it." Or, "the thing." Funny, USC's Trojans can't quite seem to get the words national championship out of their mouths. Kind of catches in their throats. Basically, it's because their coach wants them to shut up and play football. They're free to win the national championship, they're just not supposed to talk about it. It's OK for the coach to talk, though. After all, John Robinson started all this 31 months ago, before he had met a USC player.
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August 25, 1994 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC's 1994 football team, by unanimous vote of every coach on the staff, every player and even the most skeptical of Trojan partisans, is significantly better than the 1993 team that went 8-5. But here's the downside: The schedule is rated the nation's toughest in one poll. USC plays five 1993 bowl teams: Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA, Arizona and California. The Trojans begin Sept. 3 against Washington at the Coliseum, then travel to Penn State the next weekend.
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