1952 USC Trojans football team

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1952 USC Trojans football
USC Trojans logo.svg
PCC champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 7–0 vs. Wisconsin
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 5
1952 record 10–1 (6–0 PCC)
Head coach Jess Hill (2nd season)
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →
1952 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 USC $ 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 6 UCLA 5 1 0     8 1 0
Washington 6 2 0     7 3 0
California 3 3 0     7 3 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     5 5 0
Oregon 2 5 0     2 7 1
Idaho 1 3 0     4 4 1
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1952 college football season. In their second year under head coach Jess Hill, the Trojans compiled a 10–1 record (6–0 against conference opponents), won the Pacific Coast Conference championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 254 to 47.[1]

The Trojans finished the season ranked #4 in the final United Press Coaches Poll and #5 in the final AP Poll. They faced five ranked opponents during the 1952 season and won four of those games: a 10–0 victory over #4 California on October 25; a 33–0 victory over #17 Washington on November 15; a 14–12 victory over #3 UCLA on November 22; a 9–0 loss to Notre Dame on November 29; and a 7–0 victory over Wisconsin in the 1953 Rose Bowl. USC's victory in the Rose Bowl was the first for the Pacific Coast Conference after seven consecutive losses to the representatives of the Big Ten Conference.

Jim Sears led the team in passing with 51 of 105 passes completed for 739 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Leon Sellers led the team in rushing with 103 carries for 386 yards and two touchdowns. Leon Clarke was the leading receiver with 25 catches for 372 yards and three touchdowns.[2]

Eight Trojans received honors from the Associated Press (AP), United Press (UP), or International News Service (INS) on the 1952 All-Pacific Coast Conference football team: back Jim Sears (AP-1 [safety]; INS-1; UP-1 [halfback]); back Lindon Crow (AP-1 [defensive back]); defensive end Bob Hooks, USC (AP-1); tackle Robert Van Doren, USC (AP-1 [defensive tackle]; INS-1; UP-1); guard Elmer Willhoite, USC (AP-1 [defensive guard]; INS-1; UP-1); guard Marv Goux, USC (INS-1); center Lou Welsh, USC (AP-1); and linebacker George Timberlake, USC (AP-1).[3][4][5] Sears and Wilhoite were also consensus All-Americans.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 19 vs. Washington State No. 16 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California W 35–7   58,288
September 26 Northwestern* No. 16 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 31–0   59,756
October 4 Army* No. 7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 22–0   48,433
October 10 San Diego NTC* No. 7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 20–6   40,137
October 18 vs. Oregon State No. 7 Multnomah StadiumPortland, Oregon W 28–6   17,438
October 25 No. 4 Californiadagger No. 7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 10–0   94,677
November 8 at Stanford No. 6 Stanford StadiumStanford, California W 54–7   55,000
November 15 No. 17 Washington No. 5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California W 33–0   35,852
November 22 at No. 3 UCLA No. 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, California (Battle for the Victory Bell) W 14–12   96,869
November 29 at No. 7 Notre Dame* No. 2 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana (Notre Dame – USC rivalry) L 0–9   58,394
January 1 vs. No. 11 Wisconsin* No. 5 Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) W 7–0   101,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1952 USC Trojans football team.[7]

  • Charley Ane, 6'2", 254 pounds, right guard (offense and defense), #60, Honolulu, Hawaii (All-PCC UP-2)
  • Al Barry, 6'2", 221 pounds, right tackle (offense and defense), #79, Los Angeles (Honorable-mention All-PCC AP)
  • George Bozanic, 6'2", 207 pounds, quarterback (offense) and linebacker (defense), #38, Lander, Wyoming
  • Rudy Bukich, 6'1", 186 pounds, left halfback (offense), #18, St. Louis, Missouri (Outstanding Player, 1953 Rose Bowl)
  • Al Carmichael, 6'0", 185 pounds, right halfback (offense), #21, Hawthorne, California (All-PCC UP-2)
  • Bob Cox, 5'8", 183 pounds, right guard (offense), #62, Pasadena, California
  • Lindon Crow, 6'1", 191 pounds, right halfback (offense and defense), #36, Corcoran, California
  • Aramis Dandoy, 5'11", 182 pounds, right halfback (offense), #27, Torrance, California
  • Ed Fouch, 6'3", 229 pounds, tackle (offense and defense), #49, Santa Ana, California
  • Marvin Goux, 5'10", 181 pounds, linebacker (defense), #20, Santa Barbara, California (All-PCC UP-3
  • Harold Han, 5'9", 189 pounds, fullback and safety, #46, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Bill Hattig, 5'9", 164 pounds, left end (offense and defense), #86, Los Angeles
  • Addison Hawthorne, 5'10", 194 pounds, fullback and safety, #23, Los Angeles
  • Bob Hooks, 6'3", 206 pounds, right end (defense), #58, Los Angeles (AP All-Coast Defensive Team)
  • Des Koch, 6'1", 207 pounds, tailback (offense), #43, Shelton, Washington (nation's leading punter with 43.4 yard average)
  • Ron Miller, 6'4", 204 pounds, left end (offense), #88, Los Angeles
  • Tom Nickoloff, 6'3", 218 pounds, right end (offense), #80, Los Angeles
  • Dick Nunis, 6'0", 182 pounds, right halfback (defense), #26, Los Angeles
  • Dick Petty, 6'0", 190 pounds, center (offense) and end (defense), #54, Los Angeles
  • Bob Peviani, 6'1", 212 pounds, left guard (defense), #66, Los Angeles (John Dye Memorial Award as the "outstanding lineman")
  • Jim Psaltis, 6'1", 186 pounds, left halfback, safety (defense), #37, Oakland, California (AP All-Coast Defensive team; led nation with nine interceptions)
  • Ed Pucci, 6'0", 209 pounds, left guard (offense), #64, Canton, Ohio
  • Bill Riddle, 6'0", 190 pounds, quarterback (offense), linebacker (defense), #52, El Centro, California
  • Jim Sears, 5'9", 165 pounds, halfback (offense) and safety (defense), #32 (won W. J. Voit Memorial Trophy; nation's leading punt returner with 15.9 yard average; led the Trojans in total yardage and passes completed; first-team All-American selection by AP, INS, NEA, and Look magazine)
  • Leon Sellers, 6'0", 194 pounds, fullback (offense), #44, Upland, California
  • Don Stillwell, 6'0", 183 pounds, left end (offense), #84, San Francisco
  • Sam "The Toe" Tsagalakis
  • George Timberlake, 6'0", 207 pounds, linebacker (defense), #56, Long Beach, California (AP All-Coast Defensive Team)
  • Bob Van Doren, 6'3-1/2", 203 pounds, right tackle (defense) and defensive captain, #75, San Diego (UP All-PCC first team; UP All-American third team)
  • Chuck Weeks, 6'2", 219 pounds, right tackle (offense), #72, Columbus, Ohio
  • Harry Welsh, 5'10", 168 pounds, halfback (defense), #25, Akron, Ohio (selected as USC's "most inspirational" player)
  • Lou Welsh, 6'1", 193 pounds, center (offense), #50, Ontario, California
  • Elmer Wilhoite, left guard (offense and defense), 6'1", 217 pounds, #73 (first-team All-American pick by UP, INS, NEA, Look magazine, and Collier's Weekly

Coaching staff and other personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern California Yearly Results (1950-1954)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1952 Southern California Trojans Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The A.P. All-Pacific Coast Football Stars". The Kansas City Times. November 27, 1952. 
  4. ^ "I.N.S. Selects 1952 All Pacific Coast Grid Team". The Tyrone (PA) Daily Herald. November 25, 1952. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "All-Coast Conference Team". Nevada State Journal. December 3, 1952. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Player names and details are taken from the 1953 USC yearbook, known as the "El Rodeo", at pages 234-257.
  8. ^ a b 1953 El Rodeo (USC yearbook), p. 232.
  9. ^ 1953 El Rodeo (USC yearbook), pp. 23.
  10. ^ 1953 El Rodeo (USC yearbook), pp. 230-231.