2001: Wall, who got some valuable placekicking action as a freshman in 2000, could compete for the job again as a sophomore in 2001 if he fully recuperates from a knee injury he suffered late in 2000.
2000: After being beaten out for the placekicking job in 2000 fall drills by David Newbury and then expecting to redshirt, Wall took over for a struggling Newbury in the middle of USC?s fifth game of 2000 (Arizona). Overall in 2000 while appearing in 5 games (Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, California and Arizona State), he nailed all 5 of his field goals (all within 27 yards), but was 9-of-14 on PATs (the 5 misses were blocked). However, he sat out USC?s final 3 contests with injuries: he missed the Washington State and UCLA games with a groin injury and the Notre Dame contest with a torn right knee ligament suffered during the week.
In his debut against Arizona, he assumed the placekicking duties in the second half from Newbury and nailed a 27-yard field goal on his first kick as a Trojan (he had a PAT kick blocked). He hit his only field goal attempt (a 25-yarder) and both PATs against Oregon, then made a 22-yard field goal (but had 2 of his 3 PATs blocked) at Stanford and a 25-yard field goal (1 of is 2 PATs was blocked) against California. He hit a 23-yard field goal in the first overtime at Arizona State and made 5-of-6 PATs (the last one was blocked).
HIGH SCHOOOL: He was a 1999 Prep Star All-American, Student Sports All-State second team, All-Los Angeles City first team, Los Angeles Times All-Valley second team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Valley first team pick as a senior placekicker at Birmingham High in Van Nuys (Calif.). He hit 8-of-12 field goals (with a long of 51 yards) and 15-of-15 PATs in 1999, and averaged 42.3 yards as a punter.
As a 1998 junior, he was named to the Student Sports Junior All-American, All-Los Angeles City first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Valley first team while connecting on 15-of-23 field goals (long of 53 yards) and averaging 34.0 yards per punt.
He made 4-of-5 field goals as a 1997 sophomore. In his career, he was 27-of-40 on field goals (hitting 6-of-7 from 50-plus yards) and 89-of-90 on PATs. In one game, he kicked field goals of 53, 51 and 50 yards. Current Trojan John Walker also prepped at Birmingham.
He also was a goalkeeper on Birmingham?s soccer team, earning All-League MVP honors as a junior and recording 29 shutouts in his career. He was a member of the U.S. Youth National Under-17 Team and competed several times overseas.
PERSONAL: He knows sign language and volunteers with deaf and hearing impaired youth programs.
JOHN WALL ON:
His mental approach to kicking: ?I visualize everything before, the motions and everything. Right before I go out there, I clear my mind of everything. I talk with my close friends on the team and just do something to relax?I think I handle pressure pretty well.?
Playing as a true freshman: ?I was speechless. I was kind of shocked. I didn?t think it would happen then. I had redshirting in my mind. I was just excited. I didn?t think my time would come that soon.?
Kicking in college versus high schoool: ?It?s not that big of an adjustment. Getting elevation on your kicks is the biggest adjustment. The way you angle your leg, the way you approach the ball is all different?When it comes to kicking, I?m not really nervous. It?s just bigger scenery in college. That?s the only difference.?
His demeanor: ?Everyone says I?m quiet around the team. But then all of a sudden I?ll have an outburtst. All of a sudden a quiet kid comes out of nowhere?Before games, people think I?m crazy. Some of the guys look at me funny?I always joke around a lot. When I?m not at practice, I?m a totally different person.?
Playing goalkeeper in soccer, despite being just 5-8: ?When I used to tell people I was a goalie, they would say, ?Yeah, right.? It?s not the normal size, but I can jump. A lot of people don?t think I play football either. They say, ?No, you?re too small.??
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC kicker David Newbury: ?He has a little something, a cocky attitude. But you have to if you?re a kicker. John?s confident. He goes out there with the attitude that he?s going to bury the kick?I?m his biggest supporter. He?ll be okay. He has a really good head.?
JOHN WALL CAREER STATISTICS