CAREER: USC is 18-1 when Allmond starts in the secondary.
2003: Allmond, physical and fast (he also was a hurdler and decathlete on the USC track team), started at cornerback for his second season as a senior in 2003. He also returned kickoffs all season. Overall in 2003 while starting all 13 games, he had 48 tackles (including 32 sacks for 25 yards), 3 interceptions, 4 deflections, 4 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also returned 9 kickoffs for 208 yards (23.1 avg.). He had 8 tackles against Washington State, 6 at Arizona State and Washington, 5 versus Oregon State and Michigan, 4 against BYU and Hawaii and 3 against California and Stanford. His interceptions (returned for no yards) came against BYU, Arizona and UCLA. He also recovered a fumble at Arizona (setting up a USC TD). He forced fumbles versus California and UCLA (setting up TDs after USC recovered both), as well as at Washington and Michigan. He had a 33-yard kickoff return against Hawaii, a 31-yarder against Oregon State and a 30-yarder versus BYU. He also won USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year award. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. He missed the last half of 2003 spring practice with a stress fracture in his lower right leg.
2002: Allmond, who sat out the 2001 season after starting 8 games earlier in his career at wide receiver, was moved to cornerback in the spring of 2002 and by midseason emerged as the starter there as a junior. He started USC's last 7 games of 2002 (all victories). Overall in 2002 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 34 tackles, 6 deflections and an interception (at UCLA). He also returned 5 kickoffs for 99 yards (19.8 average). He had 6 tackles against Washington, 5 versus California and Iowa in the Orange Bowl, and 4 against Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State and UCLA.
2001: Allmond was expected to return as a starting wide receiver in 2001 after rebounding from a broken leg in the middle of the 2000 season, but instead redshirted as a junior in 2001 while suspended from USC for a student conduct violation.
2000: Allmond started at wide receiver (flanker) for the first half of his 2000 sophomore season before a broken left leg suffered against Arizona sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. Overall in 2000 while appearing in USC's first 5 games (he started the first 4 contests), he had 16 catches for 244 yards (15.2 avg.). He also carried the ball twice on reverses for 46 yards (23.0 avg.) and returned a kickoff 16 yards. He had a 21-yard catch against Penn State, then added 3 grabs for 18 yards versus Colorado and 4 receptions for a career-best 99 yards against San Jose State. At Oregon State, he had 5 catches for 75 yards (tying for game high and career best in receptions). He had 3 receptions for 31 yards against Arizona before breaking his leg (he did not start that game because of disciplinary reasons).
1999: Allmond started 3 games (California, UCLA and Louisiana Tech)-more than any other USC freshman wide receiver in 1999-at a wide receiver as a freshman in 1999. Overall while appearing in 11 games (all but Washington State), he caught 14 passes for 233 yards (16.6 avg.) with 2 TDs. He also returned 3 kickoffs for 51 yards (17.0 avg.) and made 3 tackles on special teams. He had a personal-best 5 receptions for 55 yards at California, 3 for 90 yards (with a 64-yard score) against Stanford, 2 for 32 yards (with a 21-yard TD, his first as a Trojan) at Arizona) and 2 for 38 yards against Oregon State. In his first catch as a Trojan, he gained 9 yards at Hawaii despite having his helmet ripped off. He also had a 9-yard grab against Arizona State. His kickoff returns (all 17-yarders) came against Stanford, Arizona State and Louisiana Tech. He missed the Washington State game because of a sprained left shoulder (suffered against Arizona State).
TRACK: Allmond, a 2-time California state prep high hurdles champion and the nation's top-ranked junior decathlete, competed in the 110-meter high hurdles and decathlon for the USC track team for 4 seasons (2000-03). In the spring of 2003, he ran the high hurdles just once, placing second in the Trojan Invitational in 14.29 (wind-aided). In the spring of 2002, he was third in the 50-meter high hurdles at the Los Angeles Indoor Invitational in 6.85. He then competed in 8 meets in the high hurdles, placing second once (14.37 at the Benny Brown Invitational) and third 5 times (a season-best 14.14 at the BYU/Oregon Meet, 14.26 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet, 14.32 at the Trojan Classic, 14.36 at the Claremont Classic and 15.04 in the season-opening Trojan Invitational). He also was ninth at the Sun Angel Invitational in 14.36 and tied for seventh at the Pac-10 Meet (14.76, after going 14.48 in the heats). He threw the javelin twice, getting fourth in the BYU/Oregon Meet with a personal-best 188-9 (also a USC season best) and fifth in the USC-UCLA Dual Meet at 169-0. In the spring of 2001, he competed in 6 meets. In the high hurdles, he was fourth at the Willie Williams Invitational (in 14.62), third at both the USC-LSU Dual Meet (14.43) and USC-UCLA Dual Meet (14.36), fourth at the Cal State Fullerton Invitational (14.71) and eighth at the Modesto Relays (14.74); he did not finish at the Bennie Brown Invitational. He also placed fifth in the javelin (155-9) at the USC-LSU Dual Meet. In the spring of 2000, he was second in the high hurdles in a season-best wind-aided 13.89 (he was first in his heat at 13.95) and seventh in the decathlon (6,931 points) at the Pac-10 Champioinships. He ran 4 other high hurdles races in 2000, placing first once (14.18 at the Carl Rossi Relays), second once (14.17 at the ASU USTCA Meet) and third twice (14.20 at USC's Centennial Invitational and 14.28 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet). He won the decathlon at the Occidental College Invitational with a season-best 7,152 points. He also high jumped in 3 meets, getting third at the ASU USTCA Meet (in a season-best 6-6 ¾), tied for fifth at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet (6-3 ¼) and eighth at USC's Centennial Invitational (6-4). He also threw the shot put at the Carl Rossi Relays, placing 10th at 43-10 ¾. At the Los Angeles Indoor Meet, he was second in the 60-meter hurdles in 6.73. He qualified for the World Junior Championships in the high hurdles and decathlon and the U.S. Junior Nationals in the high hurdles (placing second in 13.96).
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 1998 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star Dream Team Top 100, USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III first team, Los Angeles Times All-South Coast/Southeast, Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first team and All-Mission League MVP pick as a senior at St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs (Calif.). In 1998, he had 900-plus receiving yards, intercepted 5 passes and returned punts for an average of 21.9 yards (with 3 scoring punt runbacks). He scored 14 touchdowns on offense and defense. St. Paul was a 1998 CIF Division III finalist. As a 1997 junior, he earned All-Area (first team on defense and second team on offense) and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team second team honors while catching 36 passes for 746 yards (20.7 avg.) and 7 TDs on offense and getting 2 interceptions while averaging 8.5 tackles a game on defense. He also starred in track, winning the 1998 state high hurdles race in 13.83 and posting bests of 6-10 in the high jump and 37.40 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles as a junior. In the decathlon, he won the 1996 Junior Olympics title and, as a 17-year-old, was leading the 1998 Junior National championship (for ages 19 and under) after 8 events, but sprained his ankle (ending his chance to qualify for the World Junior meet). At the 1999 Arcadia Invitational, he won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.40), was second in the 110-meter high hurdles and was seventh in the high jump. He then placed first in the high hurdles (13.94) and second in the long jump (23-10 1/4) in the prep portion of the 1999 Mt. SAC Relays. He won the high hurdles (in a wind-aided 13.79) and intermediate hurdles (37.89) at the 1999 CIF Division III Championships, then at the CIF Masters meet was first in the highs (wind?aided 13.68) and second in the intermediates (37.58). He defended his high hurdles title at the 1999 state meet (13.54) and was sixth in the intermediate hurdles (37.60, after going 37.48 in the prelims). In the summer of 1999, he was second in the decathlon (7,097 points, the first California to eclipse 7,000 points) at the USATF Junior Nationals (qualifying for the Pan Am Junior Games) and then set a National Junior Olympics record (7,377 points) in winning at that meet (he was fourth in the Junior Olympics high hurdles in 1999 at 13.94). He also played basketball at St. Paul.
PERSONAL: He is a public policy and management major at USC.
MARCELL ALLMOND ON: Playing defense versus offense: "I have a lot of freedom at cornerback, more so than I would have on offense. I can be myself on defense and let my personality out and show my aggressive side. I get to use my aggressive nature…I miss offense sometimes. When the offense is out there, I sometimes think about it. But I'm happy on defense…Playing corner is not as hard on your body as it is on the other side, when you're taking hits instead of giving them."
Track: "Track helps keep you in great football shape. It gets you much faster and you learn more technique. Some guys might be faster than me on the football field, but I might be in better shape and have better technique….Between football and track, I still can't say which one is my first love. I give my heart out in both of them."
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Pete Carroll: "Marcell is a good ballhawk. He's good at the point of contact. You can count on him to make a play in the air and that's a first-class attribute for a corner." Former USC safety DeShaun Hill: "Marcell is a big, physical corner and he can jump really well. He has all the qualities of a receiver. He can run, jump, catch. He has good hand-eye coordination. And he has always been aggressive."