1996 USC Trojans football
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
1996 record6–6 (3–5 Pac-10)
Head coachJohn Robinson (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Riley (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorKeith Burns (3rd season)
CaptainJohn Allred
Sammy Knight
Home stadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
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Template:1996 Pacific-10 football standings The 1996 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their 11th and final year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled a 6–6 record (3–5 against conference opponents), finished in a five-way tie for fifth place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 325 to 267.[1]

Quarterback Brad Otton led the team in passing, completing 196 of 370 passes for 2,649 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. LaVale Woods led the team in rushing with 119 carries for 601 yards and seven touchdowns. Chris Miller led the team in receiving with 43 catches for 793 yards and five touchdowns.[2]


August 2511:00 a.m.vs. No. 11 Penn State*No. 7ABCL 7–2477,716
September 712:30 Illinois*No. 19ABCW 55–356,504
September 143:30 p.m.Oregon StateNo. 16PrimeW 46–1748,069
September 2112:30 Houston*No. 15PrimeW 26–921,035
October 512:30 p.m.CaliforniaNo. 17
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCL 15–2251,511
October 123:30 p.m.Arizona
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
FXW 14–751,088
October 1912:30 No. 4 Arizona StateABCL 35–48 2OT74,947
October 267:15 Washington StatePrimeW 29–2433,111
November 212:30 p.m.No. 21 Washingtondagger
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles, CA
ABCL 10–2160,039
November 97:15 StanfordPrimeL 20–2441,980
November 2312:30 UCLAABCL 41–48 2OT80,644
November 305:00 p.m.No. 10 Notre Dame*
ABCW 27–20 OT90,296
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time


1996 USC Trojans football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Miller, ChrisChris Miller Sr
WR 3 Miller, BillyBilly Miller So
QB 4 Fox, JohnJohn Fox 10px Fr
RB 5 Sermons, RodneyRodney Sermons Jr
TB 7 Morton, ChadChad Morton Fr
QB 9 Woods, QuincyQuincy Woods 10px Fr
QB 10 Otton, BradBrad Otton 10px Sr
WR 18 Soward, R. JayR. Jay Soward Fr
RB 24 Washington, DelonDelon Washington Jr
T 60 Walkwitz, JonJon Walkwitz Fr
G 61 McShane, MattMatt McShane 10px Fr
G 62 Pratchard, DavidDavid Pratchard 10px So
C 63 Manskar, MarkMark Manskar 10px Fr
G 65 Samperi, BrettBrett Samperi 10px Fr
G 67 Brymer, ChrisChris Brymer 10px Jr
T 68 McCaffrey, BrentBrent McCaffrey Fr
C, LS 69 Smith, PatPat Smith Fr
T 70 Whitcanack, MikeMike Whitcanack Fr
G 71 Claridge, TravisTravis Claridge Fr
G 73 Pounds, PhalenPhalen Pounds 10px Jr
T 74 Bowen, KenKen Bowen 10px So
T, G 75 Mailo, FaaeseaFaaesea Mailo Fr
T, G 76 Sugg, JoelJoel Sugg Fr
G 77 Roberts, TrevorTrevor Roberts Fr
T 78 Douglas, RomeRome Douglas 10px So
T 79 Boelter, GrantGrant Boelter Jr
WR 80 Parker, LarryLarry Parker Jr
WR 81 Guyness, StanleyStanley Guyness Fr
TE 82 Dhaliwal, GurjotGurjot Dhaliwal 10px So
WR 83 Garner, TroyTroy Garner Fr
TE 84 Diltz, JeffJeff Diltz 10px Sr
WR 85 Coleman, SantiagoSantiago Coleman 10px So
TE 88 Hall, TravisTravis Hall 10px Sr
TE 89 Allred, JohnJohn Allred Sr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 McCutcheon, DaylonDaylon McCutcheon So
S 9 Knight, SammySammy Knight Jr
DB 27 Gibson, DavidDavid Gibson Fr
LB 40 Aubrey, BobBob Aubrey 10px So
S, CB 42 Kelly, BrianBrian Kelly Jr
LB 55 Claiborne, ChrisChris Claiborne Fr
DT 95 Matock, MarcMarc Matock 10px So
DT 96 Russell, DarrellDarrell Russell Jr
DT 99 Davis, EnnisEnnis Davis Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 19 Abrams, AdamAdam Abrams So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Last update: 1997-02-18

Season summaryEdit

Notre DameEdit

#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8–2) at USC Trojans (5–6)
1 2 3 4 Total
Notre Dame 0 7 7 6


USC 6 0 0 14


at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Darrell Russell Defensive tackle 1 2 Oakland Raiders
John Allred Tight End 2 38 Chicago Bears
Matt Keneley Defensive tackle 7 208 New York Giants
Chris Miller Wide Receiver 7 213 Green Bay Packers


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