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September 16, 1990 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 5 feet 9, Gary Wellman might be difficult to spot from a distance. But not for Todd Marinovich. Saturday at the Coliseum, USC was leading Penn State, 19-14, in the fourth quarter. But the Nittany Lions had scored on their last possession. The Trojans were faced with a third-and-11 at their 17-yard line. A failure here would give Penn State the ball back in good field position. Marinovich needed help. And then he spotted Wellman.
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April 23, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC receiver Marqise Lee is among 30 players who have confirmed they plan to attend next month's NFL draft in New York. Lee is one of seven receivers who will be at the draft, which begins May 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Odell Beckham Jr. of Louisiana State, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Cody Latimer of Indiana, Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt and Sammy Watkins of Clemson are other receivers scheduled to attend. Lee declared for the draft after playing three seasons at USC. He won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver in 2012.
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November 22, 2009 | By Chris Foster
Everyone agrees on this much: Forty years ago today, USC receiver Sam Dickerson was somewhere inside the Coliseum when he was involved in two key plays that changed the course of a season -- and maybe more. Exactly where he was is still the topic of debate. Some joke that Dickerson's only shot at catching one late-in-the-game, fourth-down pass would have been if he were standing on Mt. Whitney. And that follow-up touchdown grab, the one that is still cursed around Westwood?
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December 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
It was regarded as a foregone conclusion: Marqise Lee would finish this season as USC's all-time receptions leader then head off to the NFL. Lee had caught a school-record 118 passes and won the Biletnikoff Award as a sophomore. The All-American needed only about half as many this season to supplant friend and mentor Robert Woods atop the career receptions list and perhaps make good on former coach Lane Kiffin's proclamation that he was the greatest receiver in Trojans history. After suffering injuries and enduring Kiffin's firing, Lee fell out of contention to repeat his postseason honors.
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November 14, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER
Can't miss. Or can he? USC receiver John Jackson needs one reception Saturday against UCLA to tie former Trojan Randy Simmrin's Pacific 10 record of 36 consecutive games with at least one catch. Jackson, already USC's all-time leader in catches, still hasn't convinced some scouts of his suitability for pro ball. The knock on him? Lack of speed. Trivia time: Larry Smith is only the second Pac-10 coach to reach the Rose Bowl his first three seasons. Name the first.
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November 29, 2009 | By Gary Klein
After being sidelined against Stanford because of an ankle injury, USC receiver Damian Williams returned to the lineup -- and also returned punts. Coach Pete Carroll had said that Joe McKnight would return punts, but Williams was the first man up. Williams had returns of 22 and 24 yards in the first half, finishing with four for 62 yards. He also caught one pass for 16 yards in the first half and finished with five receptions for 82 yards and the final touchdown.
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October 25, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC receiver Ronald Johnson appears to be back. Johnson, a junior who suffered a broken collarbone during training camp, made a diving catch for a touchdown in the Trojans' 42-36 Pacific 10 Conference victory over Oregon State on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Johnson missed the first five games of the season before returning last week against Notre Dame. He had one catch against the Fighting Irish on a pass that tipped off the hands of fellow receiver Damian Williams , but otherwise struggled to play at his regular game speed.
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August 8, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC receiver Patrick Turner aggressively stations himself at the front of the line for every drill, symbolizing his new status for the Trojans. The rangy junior from Tennessee is the leader and most experienced member of a USC receiving corps that is under the microscope after the departures of Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith to the NFL.
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November 25, 2009 | By Gary Klein
It was difficult to tell who was happier Tuesday -- USC receiver Damian Williams or quarterback Matt Barkley . Williams went from doubtful to probable for Saturday's game against UCLA at the Coliseum, doctors clearing the junior to play after he tested his injured right ankle in practice. "I didn't do anything totally crazy, just try to see if I can cut and move and how fast I can run," said Williams, who did not play in the Trojans' 55-21 loss to Stanford. "Straight ahead, I'm fine.
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September 13, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC linebacker Chris Galippo planned to stay in Ohio through the weekend to visit with relatives from the Midwest. The sophomore will have plenty to talk about after intercepting a pass and helping third-ranked USC defeat eighth-ranked Ohio State, 18-15, in front of an Ohio Stadium-record crowd of 106,033 on Saturday night. Galippo picked off Terrelle Pryor's second pass and returned it 51 yards to set up USC's first touchdown. It was reminiscent of last season when Trojans middle linebacker Rey Maualuga intercepted a pass against Ohio State and returned it for a touchdown.
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November 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Ishmael Adams, the short guy with the don't-try-to-tread-on-me glare at cornerback for the UCLA defense, waits for the inevitable. Against Arizona State last Saturday he didn't wait long. On Arizona State's second possession, quarterback Taylor Kelly lofted a third-down pass to 6-foot-4 Jaelen Strong, who easily outjumped the 5-8 Adams. Only Adams wasn't done. As Strong descended, Adams raked the ball from his arms - and probably took a skin sample as well. "We just sit back there sharpening our swords," Adams said.
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August 31, 2013 | By Gary Klein
In the weeks leading up to the season opener against Hawaii, USC Coach Lane Kiffin never stopped insisting that reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee had much to work on as a receiver. Lee agreed, saying he appreciated a coach pointing out areas that needed improvement. So the junior figures to be even more focused this week after dropping key passes from quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek , and fumbling on a punt return in USC's 30-13 victory. Sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor caught a second-quarter touchdown pass from Kessler, but he also dropped a long pass from Wittek in the fourth quarter that might have resulted in or set up another scoring play.
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August 10, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC star receiver Marqise Lee sat out practice Saturday, but the Trojans breathed a major sigh of relief. Coach Lane Kiffin said the junior had suffered a bone bruise on Friday, a condition that qualified as good news for USC. Lee, the Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, was injured Friday after he caught a long pass and appeared to land on his right shoulder after a defender made contact. He was escorted from the practice field by athletic trainers, and carted from the practice facility with his arm in a sling, leaving the Trojans to wonder whether they had lost their most high-profile player.
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August 9, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC star receiver Marqise Lee sustained an apparent shoulder injury during practice Friday. Lee, a Biletnikoff Award winner as the best receiver in college football, was hurt about midway through the workout when he caught a long pass from quarterback Cody Kessler and landed on his right shoulder after making contact with a defender. Team trainers attended to Lee on the field and then escorted him from the facility through a gate to the adjoining baseball stadium. Lee was shirtless and had his right arm in a sling, according to witnesses near the baseball field, when he was transported by golf cart from the area.
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August 6, 2013
USC receiver Marqise Lee does not appear to be slowing down after winning the Biletnikoff Award and finishing fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting last season. On Monday during a full-squad drill, the All-American made a leaping catch in the end zone for a touchdown. "He said, 'Put it  up and I'll go get it,'" quarterback Cody Kessler said. "I threw that one and honestly, I went 'Dang, I overthrew it.' "He ... literally went up and got it. It's nice to have someone that athletic.
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June 7, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC does not open training camp until August, but the Trojans might have suffered a blow Friday when freshman receiver Steven Mitchell suffered a possible knee injury during a voluntary throwing session on campus. Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com reports that Mitchell , who played at Mission Hills Alemany High, was running a pass pattern when the incident occurred. "Mitchell was running a deep route, guarded by freshman defensive back Leon McQuay, when he planted his right leg in the turf to turn for the catch," Thiry wrote.
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August 24, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC receiver Damian Williams could have run an escape route. When former quarterback Mark Sanchez left USC for the NFL last January, the Trojans' top receiver almost followed. "He was one of my best friends," Williams said recently. "Not only that, the quarterback is leaving. You didn't quite know who was going to be the next guy. I can't lie and say I didn't think about it." The Trojans are happy that Williams came back. The fourth-year junior was USC's most dependable receiver last season, catching a team-high 58 passes for 869 yards and nine touchdowns.
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October 5, 2008 | Chris Dufresne
Almost three years ago, against Texas in the Rose Bowl, fourth-and-two cost USC a third straight national championship. Saturday night, against Oregon in the Coliseum, fourth-and-two might have saved a national title run. OK, call it a reach, a stretch, a headline grab. Maybe, but we'll see. Check back in December if USC is 11-1 and No. 1 or No. 2 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings. If USC loses again in 2008, forget you read this.
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April 26, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC receiver Robert Woods became the first Trojans player selected in the 2013 NFL draft when the Buffalo Bills chose him in the second round with the 41st overall pick. Woods, who grew up in Carson and played at Gardena Serra High, was an All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2011, when he caught a school-record 111 passes. Last season, Coach Lane Kiffin shifted the focus to receiver Marqise Lee -- the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner -- and Woods caught 76 passes, 11 for touchdowns.
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