MATT KOFFLER - 13
6-4, 220 - Sr.*/Sr.1996: The veteran Koffler enters 1996 as the No. 2 quarterback behind Brad Otton as a senior.
JOHN ROBINSON SAYS: "Koffler had a great spring and clearly won the backup job. Although he hasn't had many opportunities, he's the kind of player who could go in a game and compete effectively. He's a smart player. He's a great team member and a leader on our squad. He's one of our most popular players."
1995: Koffler was the No. 3 quarterback as a 1995 junior behind Otton and Kyle Wachholtz. He appeared briefly in only 3 games (late against San Jose State, Arizona and Arizona State) and threw the ball in just the San Jose State contest (he was 2-of-4, 50.0%, for 13 yards with 1 interception).
1994: As a sophomore reserve quarterback, Koffler played in only 2 games in 1994. He made the most of his first 1994 contest: after USC got a big lead early in the third quarter against California, he finished out the game and hit 7-of-13 passes (53.9%) for 61 yards and 2 TDs (11 yards to Jeff Diltz and 4 yards to Leonard Green). He also played briefly against Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl, but did not throw a pass. After 1994 spring drills, he had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
1993: As a redshirt freshman, Koffler served as the No. 3 quarterback in 1993 and saw brief action late in 2 games (Houston and Washington State). He completed his only pass attempt of 1993 in the Houston contest and, although it went for no yards, it was caught by wide receiver Johnnie Morton, giving Morton a USC record-setting 15 catches in the game. He had post-season arthrosopic surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee.
1992: Koffler redshirted as a quarterback in 1992, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1991 Max Emfinger All-American, Koffler passed for over 4,500 yards his final 2 seasons at Rosemead (Calif.) High, including 1,945 yards during his 1991 senior season. He completed 129-of-220 (58.6%) passes, including 15 that went for TDs (he also ran for 8 TDs). He was also named Blue Chip All-American second team, Cal-Hi Sports All State Medium Schools, and All-CIF Division V first team. Against Duarte High, he threw for 289 yards (16-of-22) and 5 TDs and rushed 72 yards for another TD. As a 1990 junior, Matt made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass, All-CIF Division V first team, San Gabriel Valley Tribune All San Gabriel Valley first team, and Mission Valley League Back of the Year while throwing for 2,489 yards and 25 TDs. He led Rosemead to an 11-3 record and the Mission Valley championship. He enjoyed the best game of his career against Apple Valley High in the 1990 CIF playoffs, passing for 324 yards (17-of-25) and 3 TDs. He won All-Mission Valley League first team recognition as a defensive end during his 1989 sophomore season. He lettered 3 years in basketball at Rosemead, averaging 16.8 points and a league-best 13.2 rebounds during his senior season. He was a 2-time All San Gabriel Valley and All-Mission Valley League pick in basketball.
PERSONAL: He bench presses 325 pounds. He's a public administration major at USC. He spent the summer of 1995 working in the community relations department for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
MATT KOFFLER ON:
His role as a backup: "I'm used to it. I know where I am on the team and I try to have fun with it...I'm capable of being a good backup. I know a lot of people are skeptical of what Matt Koffler can do. But, hey, I go out there every single day just like everyone else. I know the system just like everyone else, just like a regular quarterback. Except I'm not playing...I pretty much know the system. I know where to put the ball. I've been here for so long, when Coach (Mike) Riley (USC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach) calls a play, I know it. I know where it's supposed to go and where to put the ball. If someone's not open, I know where to dump it. The more reps you get, the better you are. That's the way it goes. Plus, this is my fifth year here. I should know something. I've been to every meeting and football game since I've been here...Practice is my game...Everyone on the team knows I can get the job done...If Brad (Otton) is to go down for a couple of plays, I want to be in position where I can go in right away, toss a couple of balls and have Brad come back in...For now, I'm just doing what it takes to help the team."
His USC career: "I get frustrated sometimes. No one here knows what I can do yet. I don't even know. But just to get a scholarship to USC was a thrill. Even if I don't play, I'm still a part of one of the best programs in the country...I didn't want to transfer. If I wanted to, I would have had to go to a lesser college and maybe not have had the fun times that I've had. So I just stuck it out and decided I'll have fun, do whatever it takes, get my classes done, graduate on time and, if I play, I play. If not, thanks, I appreciate it. I've made a lot of friends and had the best years of my life. Not everyone is going to be the Keyshawn Johnsons, the Brad Ottons, the Rob Johnsons."
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
Rosemead coach Jim Hall: "He's totally a team player. You'd think a kid in his position would complain, but he's never mentioned to me that he felt he wasn't getting a fair shot. He's a positive role model for high school athletes because they see the role he plays and that he accepts not being a starter with a positive attitude, for the good of the team."