September 28, 2007 |
Perennial high school football powerhouses Long Beach Poly and Concord De La Salle are making an impact on the sport that reaches well beyond the prep level, according to figures released Thursday by USA Football, the sport's national governing body. Each school boasted six former players -- the most among high schools nationwide -- who were on 2007 opening-weekend rosters in the NFL.
May 28, 2004 |
A string of off-season legal incidents involving current and former USC football players continued last weekend when walk-on quarterback Michael McDonald was arrested in Newport Beach on suspicion of driving under the influence. McDonald, the 19-year-old son of former USC quarterback Paul McDonald, redshirted last season as a freshman.
May 6, 2004 |
Former USC defensive back Will Poole pleaded no contest last month to driving under the influence of alcohol -- the third member of USC's 2003 national championship team to face criminal charges since the season ended. Poole, 22, was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb. 25 at 3:15 a.m. after the car he was driving hit a sand-filled barrier near Mission Road and Richmond Street, Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, said Wednesday.
November 8, 2002 |
Tailback Justin Fargas did not flinch when it started raining during USC's practice on Thursday. Fargas, who will make his second start Saturday at Stanford, enjoyed tremendous success during a rain-soaked senior season at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High in 1997 and also overcame wet weather during his freshman season at Michigan. Before rushing for a career-best 139 yards in 27 carries against Oregon on Oct.
February 7, 2005 |
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive line coach Tim Davis are expected to decide in the next few days whether they will move to the NFL or return as the Trojans pursue a third consecutive national title. Chow interviewed for the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator's job on Friday in Nashville.
December 20, 2005 |
USC tailback Reggie Bush was chosen the Associated Press player of the year Monday, adding to his list of awards, which includes the Heisman Trophy. As with the voting for the Heisman, Bush won the AP award easily. He received 59 votes from a panel of 65 media members. Texas quarterback Vince Young received five votes, and Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley got the other.
October 22, 2005 |
USC won't celebrate homecoming until next week, but today's game against Washington will serve as a homecoming for Trojan fullback David Kirtman. Kirtman, a fifth-year senior, is from Gig Harbor, Wash. He starred at Mercer Island High and said about 30 family members and friends would be at Husky Stadium when the top-ranked Trojans resume Pacific 10 Conference play. "I'm looking forward to this, it's going to be a good time with a lot of people there watching me," Kirtman said.
September 24, 2005 |
Bring on the noise. USC players say they welcome the chance to play today at Oregon's Autzen Stadium, which will be sold out for the 39th consecutive game and is regarded as one of the loudest venues in college sports. "I heard that it's loud and the fans are almost right on top of you," junior running back Reggie Bush said. "I'm ready for it. I'm ready to get there and play in their loud stadium and possibly shut them up early."
November 13, 2002 |
Lenny Vandermade, USC's starting left guard, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn tendon in his right biceps, it was announced Tuesday. Vandermade, a redshirt junior who has started 29 of 33 games, was injured on Saturday during the eighth-ranked Trojans' 49-17 victory over Stanford. He will undergo surgery Thursday.
October 23, 2002 |
USC spent a good part of practice Tuesday going over kickoff return coverage -- and with good reason. The No. 15-ranked Trojans play No. 14 Oregon at Eugene, Ore., on Saturday and they do not want a repeat of last year's performance at Autzen Stadium. USC surrendered 228 yards on six kickoff returns, resulting in superior field position for the Ducks throughout the game. Oregon won, 24-22, on a 32-yard field goal by Jared Siegel with 12 seconds left.