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UCLA football: Myles Jack dealing with increased attention

November 19, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley hands off to Myles Jack during the Bruins' victory over Washington on Friday.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley hands off to Myles Jack during the Bruins'… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Another day with a Jack attack.

Freshman linebacker Myles Jack resided under the media glare Tuesday. A Sports Illustrated writer dropped by to chat. He did a lengthy interview with Fox Sports to be used prior the Arizona State game Saturday.

Jack has been a phenomenal defensive player all season. His interception with 16 seconds left allowed UCLA to hold on to beat Utah, 34-27. Yet, play a little running back and the klieg lights go on.

“It’s definitely a little overwhelming,” Jack said. “This is a team effort. The offensive line is blocking great because everyone knows you’re running the ball third-and-one. It’s great to give the team attention. But it’s not about me.”

Besides, Jack said, all he is doing is following orders.

“I really have just one play,” Jack said. “I ask Brett where I go. Brett says, ‘Myles, go right’ and I go, 'OK.’ I look over to the marker and see that it is third-and-one and focus on getting that yard.”

Well, it has been more than one yard. He has 179 yards rushing in 19 carries the last two games. He has scored four touchdowns.

Jack, though, remains grounded. Teammates see to that, particular fellow freshman Eddie Vanderdoes, who struck the Heisman Trophy poise while Jack was doing a radio interview last week.

“Eddie gives me a hard time,” Jack said. “It’s all love.”


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