Smith and Johnson Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    JuJu Smith
    Nov. 3, 2014

    LOS ANGELES – USC football wide receiver JuJu Smith and women’s soccer forward Katie Johnson were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, on Monday, Nov. 3.

    JuJu Smith torched the Cougar secondary as the Trojans completed a 44-17 route over Washington State. The freshman caught the ball for three touchdowns and proved to be relentless as the Trojans battled the fog and rain in Pullman, Wash. Smith began the afternoon affair gaining separation from Cougar defenders as quarterback, Cody Kessler, found him wide open in the middle of the end zone for a 22-yard score.

    In the second quarter, Smith showcased his keen ball concentration when Kessler lofted a strike just over the defender’s head, into Smith’s hands for a 22-yard touchdown. In the second half, Smith caught his third touchdown off a slant route as Kessler delivered a 7-yard strike to the receiver. With his performance, Smith became the third USC freshman to catch three touchdown passes in one game joining Mike Williams and Robert Woods.  The Trojans return home to face California on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:00 pm PT.

    Also nominated for men’s student-athlete of the week honors: Nelson Agholor (football) and Nick Crystal (tennis).

    Katie Johnson’s heroic efforts led the Women of Troy to statement victories over No. 17 Washington and No. 22 Washington State.  On Friday in Seattle, Wash., the Trojans struck early when Sydney Sladek came down the left side of the field, evaded the goalkeeper, and then crossed the ball to Johnson who capitalized with a header into the net. Johnson’s goal gave the Trojans an early 1-0 lead, which proved to be critical in a, 2-1, upset win over the Huskies.

    On Sunday in Pullman, Wash., the Trojans faced a scoreless battle against the Cougars going late into the second half. In the 90th minute of the match, Johnson put the Trojans ahead. As the ball was played up in the box, the junior eluded defenders, and delivered a strike into the back of the net. This marked Johnson’s sixth goal of the season as the Trojans went on to win, 1-0, in dramatic fashion. The Trojans return home to face No. 1 UCLA on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    Also nominated for women’s student-athlete of the week honors: Samantha Bricio (volleyball)

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Alec Koondel. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Taiu Kunimoto, Nikki Borchard, Andrew McKagan, Eike Daube, Tera Novy, Carlene Jones, Max Schwartz, Gaby Smotrys, Aubrey Kragen, and intern Katie Ryan.