December 2, 2007
Travis Claridge: An article in Saturday's Section A on former USC football player Travis Claridge erred in identifying Claridge's hometown. It is Vancouver, Wash., not Fort Vancouver, Wash. The name of the high school Claridge attended is Fort Vancouver High School.
August 20, 1996 |
Barring injury between now and Sunday, when USC opens against Penn State, Travis Claridge will become the first freshman offensive lineman to start an opener for the Trojans since 1979. Claridge, 6 feet 6 and 290 pounds, beat out sophomore David Pratchard at right guard. The last true freshman offensive lineman to start an opener was Brad Budde. Claridge, 18, is from Vancouver, Wash. * Junior wide receiver Larry Parker, slowed for two weeks by a hamstring pull, won't play against Penn State.
August 13, 1996 |
USC, which has had a relatively injury-free training camp, looked as if it might have had its first major injury Monday morning when prized freshman offensive tackle Travis Claridge had to be helped off the field because of an ankle injury. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Claridge was taken off on a golf cart and sent for X-rays. Result: A minor sprain. Tailback Delon Washington, recovering from a pulled hamstring, participated in both practices Monday.
December 1, 1998 |
The honors keep piling up for USC linebacker Chris Claiborne, who was named the Pacific 10 defensive player of the year Monday and has been chosen the national defensive player of the year by the Football News. Claiborne, a junior, also is a finalist for the Butkus Award, and would become the first USC player to be recognized as the nation's best college linebacker if he wins the award Dec. 11 in Orlando.
October 4, 1996 |
Is Travis Claridge too good to be true? Has there ever been an 18-year-old offensive lineman this good? What's he going to be like in 1999, when he's a senior? USC's coaching staff ponders such questions, whenever Claridge's name comes up. At a time in football when some players have more earrings than battle scars, Claridge's is the profile of the old-fashioned football player. He looks as if he has jumped off a page in Street & Smith's 1956 college football preview.
April 16, 2000 |
R. Jay Soward tried to avoid watching the NFL draft, tried to dodge the televised proceedings as if they were stalking defensive backs, tried to avoid getting caught in the emotional roller coaster, even if this was his future at stake. So he mingled among the 50 or so people who flooded the family home in Rialto instead of staring at the TV. Maybe it helped that he had an idea what would happen.