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December 27, 1990 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end of his sophomore season two years ago, Pat Harlow was USC's fourth-best defensive lineman. Since the Trojans favor a 3-4 defensive alignment, that meant only one thing: He was the odd man out. What to do? Tired of sitting, Harlow thought about transferring. He thought about red-shirting. Finally, he asked for a meeting with Coach Larry Smith, who suggested another option: Start over and move to offensive tackle. Harlow agreed without hesitation and a star was born.
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December 26, 2009
Neither team opened the season expecting to wind up in this game, though for different reasons. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the key issues for the game between the Trojans and Eagles. Young and old Both teams feature freshmen at quarterback, but the similarities end with their statistics. USC's Matt Barkley, 19, is looking to finish on a high note after a difficult second half of the season. In 11 starts, he has completed 58% of his passes, with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
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November 22, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. -- USC's defensive linemen patiently waited 12 days for Thanksgiving to arrive, hungrily anticipating a feast that has nothing to do with turkey. Arizona State has given up 43 sacks, most in the Pacific 10 Conference and second most in the nation. "We're licking our chops," Trojans end Kyle Moore said. Tonight at Sun Devil Stadium, 11th-ranked USC will try to continue the trend that has plagued but not yet seriously hurt seventh-ranked Arizona State.
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November 14, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC, with an outside chance of winning an eighth consecutive Pacific 10 Conference title, plays the first of three consecutive home games to end the regular season. Stanford, bowl-eligible for the first time since 2001, opened as a 10-point underdog. That's 31 fewer than the last time Stanford visited the Coliseum. And we all know how that turned out. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the game's key issues and matchups: It's a showcase for freshman quarterbacks -- one less than a year out of high school, the other less than two. USC's Matt Barkley started fast but has recently struggled.
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August 21, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Center Eric Denmon and right tackle Matt Welch have won starting jobs, making right guard Travis Claridge the only returning starter on USC's offensive line. That's not all bad, because the Trojan line struggled last season, when USC averaged only 139 yards rushing. Welch, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound junior transfer from Santa Ana College, beat out two seniors with starting experience--Ken Bowen and Rome Douglas.
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January 1, 2007 | GARY KLEIN
No. 8 USC (10-2) vs. No. 3 Michigan (11-1) Today at the Rose Bowl, 2 p.m., TV: Channel 7. Radio: 710, 830 1 Protective measures: USC's offensive line must hold off a Michigan front seven that helped the Wolverines amass 41 sacks and probably has been salivating since watching the tape from UCLA's win over the Trojans. End LaMarr Woodley, the Lombardi Award winner, leads the charge for a line that will try to discombobulate quarterback John David Booty. Meanwhile, the Trojans' defense will try to replicate its 2004 Rose Bowl performance, when USC blitzed from all angles and recorded nine sacks.
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September 17, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What USC needs to do is go out and make a deal for a big, quick, veteran offensive lineman who not only has been around the block but also knows how to block. What? They don't allow trades in this league? "I told them the other day, I can't trade you. You're my guys," said offensive line coach Mike Barry, who, with no game Saturday, is putting the Trojans through a blocking boot camp this week.
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October 19, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Sean Milota has not officially been added to USC's roster. A member of the football team for only four days, Milota practiced Tuesday and Thursday. But Dennis Slutak, USC's director of football operations, gazed to the heavens this week as he strode through Heritage Hall, describing Milota's presence as "divine intervention for Notre Dame week." Milota does not consider himself a godsend.
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December 26, 2009
Neither team opened the season expecting to wind up in this game, though for different reasons. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the key issues for the game between the Trojans and Eagles. Young and old Both teams feature freshmen at quarterback, but the similarities end with their statistics. USC's Matt Barkley, 19, is looking to finish on a high note after a difficult second half of the season. In 11 starts, he has completed 58% of his passes, with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
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November 14, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC, with an outside chance of winning an eighth consecutive Pacific 10 Conference title, plays the first of three consecutive home games to end the regular season. Stanford, bowl-eligible for the first time since 2001, opened as a 10-point underdog. That's 31 fewer than the last time Stanford visited the Coliseum. And we all know how that turned out. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the game's key issues and matchups: It's a showcase for freshman quarterbacks -- one less than a year out of high school, the other less than two. USC's Matt Barkley started fast but has recently struggled.
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September 3, 2009 | Gary Klein
Go ahead, say it. Matt Barkley won't care. Text it, tweet it or post it on a message board: A team with a true freshman starting at quarterback can't win a Bowl Championship Series title. College football fans and pundits began arguing the point the moment USC Coach Pete Carroll announced that Barkley would start at quarterback this season. Those who say the Trojans will falter? "Haters and motivators," Barkley says, grinning. "That's what drives us." As USC prepares for Saturday's opener against San Jose State at the Coliseum, neither Carroll nor Barkley is worrying at this point about playing for a national championship.
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August 30, 2008 | Sam Farmer and ON THE NFL
Matthew Slater hasn't even played a real game for the New England Patriots, and already he's revealed his true colors. Blue, white and yellow. The former UCLA player wears blue when he plays defensive back, white when he's a receiver, and yellow when he's both at the same practice. He's also a kick returner -- he could start there this season -- and outstanding at covering kicks. Slater, the son of Hall of Fame tackle Jackie Slater, is just the type of player Patriots Coach Bill Belichick loves -- one who can play several positions.
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November 27, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Drew Radovich answered almost before the question was asked. "It's a non-issue," USC's right tackle said on Monday in reference to UCLA's pass rush. Radovich played guard last season when the Bruins swarmed USC's offensive line, confusing the Trojans into false starts and harassing quarterback John David Booty during a 13-9 upset that ended USC's national title bid.
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November 22, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. -- USC's defensive linemen patiently waited 12 days for Thanksgiving to arrive, hungrily anticipating a feast that has nothing to do with turkey. Arizona State has given up 43 sacks, most in the Pacific 10 Conference and second most in the nation. "We're licking our chops," Trojans end Kyle Moore said. Tonight at Sun Devil Stadium, 11th-ranked USC will try to continue the trend that has plagued but not yet seriously hurt seventh-ranked Arizona State.
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October 19, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Sean Milota has not officially been added to USC's roster. A member of the football team for only four days, Milota practiced Tuesday and Thursday. But Dennis Slutak, USC's director of football operations, gazed to the heavens this week as he strode through Heritage Hall, describing Milota's presence as "divine intervention for Notre Dame week." Milota does not consider himself a godsend.
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January 1, 2007 | GARY KLEIN
No. 8 USC (10-2) vs. No. 3 Michigan (11-1) Today at the Rose Bowl, 2 p.m., TV: Channel 7. Radio: 710, 830 1 Protective measures: USC's offensive line must hold off a Michigan front seven that helped the Wolverines amass 41 sacks and probably has been salivating since watching the tape from UCLA's win over the Trojans. End LaMarr Woodley, the Lombardi Award winner, leads the charge for a line that will try to discombobulate quarterback John David Booty. Meanwhile, the Trojans' defense will try to replicate its 2004 Rose Bowl performance, when USC blitzed from all angles and recorded nine sacks.
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November 27, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Drew Radovich answered almost before the question was asked. "It's a non-issue," USC's right tackle said on Monday in reference to UCLA's pass rush. Radovich played guard last season when the Bruins swarmed USC's offensive line, confusing the Trojans into false starts and harassing quarterback John David Booty during a 13-9 upset that ended USC's national title bid.
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September 3, 2009 | Gary Klein
Go ahead, say it. Matt Barkley won't care. Text it, tweet it or post it on a message board: A team with a true freshman starting at quarterback can't win a Bowl Championship Series title. College football fans and pundits began arguing the point the moment USC Coach Pete Carroll announced that Barkley would start at quarterback this season. Those who say the Trojans will falter? "Haters and motivators," Barkley says, grinning. "That's what drives us." As USC prepares for Saturday's opener against San Jose State at the Coliseum, neither Carroll nor Barkley is worrying at this point about playing for a national championship.
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August 21, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Center Eric Denmon and right tackle Matt Welch have won starting jobs, making right guard Travis Claridge the only returning starter on USC's offensive line. That's not all bad, because the Trojan line struggled last season, when USC averaged only 139 yards rushing. Welch, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound junior transfer from Santa Ana College, beat out two seniors with starting experience--Ken Bowen and Rome Douglas.
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September 17, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What USC needs to do is go out and make a deal for a big, quick, veteran offensive lineman who not only has been around the block but also knows how to block. What? They don't allow trades in this league? "I told them the other day, I can't trade you. You're my guys," said offensive line coach Mike Barry, who, with no game Saturday, is putting the Trojans through a blocking boot camp this week.
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