May 18, 1994 |
USC's Willie McGinest, the fourth player taken in the NFL draft, signed a four-year, $6-million contract with the New England Patriots on Tuesday. The contract includes a $3.3-million signing bonus and salaries of $500,000, $625,000, $750,000 and $875,000. Bob Kraft, who became the Patriots' owner Jan. 21, said he had no intention of waiting for other teams to establish a salary scale by signing their picks first.
April 25, 1994 |
The key defensive players at USC and UCLA obviously impressed NFL scouts. Willie McGinest, the big, strong Trojan defensive end, was the fourth player chosen in the draft, by the New England Patriots, and Miller, the Bruins' big, quick junior linebacker, was picked by Arizona 10th. As expected, another Southland star, wide receiver Johnny Morton of USC, also was drafted in the first round. Morton, picked by the Detroit Lions, was the 21st choice.
April 23, 1994 |
Their decisions were made two days apart in January, 1993. Johnnie Morton and Willie McGinest breathed deeply and announced they were returning for their senior seasons at USC and not declaring themselves eligible for the NFL draft. Academicians applauded. In this era of mad dashes from class to cash, staying in school was politically correct. If not financially ruinous.
April 20, 1994 |
This is a year when the Raiders and Rams should draft for need on the first round. . . . That means a running back for the Raiders and, oh, an offensive lineman, wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker or understudy quarterback for the Rams. . . . Heath Shuler of Tennessee and Trent Dilfer of Fresno State will be the first two quarterbacks taken, but the best competitor might be Glen Foley of Boston College. . . .
November 18, 1993 |
Last August, during USC's training camp, Willie McGinest looked boldly ahead to his senior season and set a goal for himself: 25 sacks. Seemed like a nice, round number. As a junior linebacker last season, McGinest had 16 in a 63-tackle season. But the best-laid plans. . . . McGinest, who was switched from linebacker to sort of a roving defensive end by Coach John Robinson, has come up a little short. Going into Saturday's game against UCLA, McGinest has only five sacks.
August 28, 1993 |
Why doesn't Willie McGinest pick on someone his own size? That's what some wondered at a Trojan football practice the other day, when the 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end picked a fight with Stuart Gage, an offensive tackle who goes 6-4 and 300 pounds. Actually, USC Coach John Robinson would prefer that McGinest pick on smaller players, such as quarterbacks. But most saw the McGinest-Gage match at Wednesday's practice as a couple of eager big guys, sick and tired of football practice.