September 7, 2008 |
You punt. You win. As coaching rhetoric goes, this hardly ranks with "win one for the Gipper." Still, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel has gone about convincing his team that sending punter Aaron Perez onto the field is not crying uncle. When Perez casts his punts against blue-gray October sky, victory is at hand . . . really. "People hear 'punt' and the first thought is, 'Oh we didn't score.' Or, 'we didn't get a first down,' " said Perez, a senior. "But if you have a punter who can help you in the field-position game, you put the defense on the field where it can create some turnovers or back the other team up and make them punt.
November 25, 2007 |
UCLA's football team turned to its No. 1 quarterback Saturday and Ben Olson responded . . . some. Out since injuring a knee against Notre Dame on Oct. 6, Olson replaced Osaar Rasshan in the second half of a 16-0 victory over Oregon. "I had prepared myself to play, but I didn't know I would for sure," Olson said. "I felt pretty good when I went in. It was one of those things where I haven't done it in over a month. I wasn't perfect in any sense."
September 9, 2003 |
Aaron Perez never kicked a football until three years ago, which makes his transformation from soccer goalie to UCLA-bound punter even more remarkable. "I never thought it was possible I could love something as much as soccer," he said. Perez is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior at Covina Charter Oak High. He switched sport allegiances after determining that his ability to kick booming punts would land him a college scholarship. His football career hardly started on an auspicious note.
August 3, 2004 |
An 11-year-old boy who was bitten by a shark off the Gulf of Mexico learned how to fight off the animal -- by punching it in the gills -- from watching television. "I was watching TV the day before and I saw that on the Discovery Channel," Aaron Perez said Monday on NBC's "Today" show. A surgeon at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital in Houston spent more than four hours reattaching the boy's arm after last weekend's attack. Authorities said the animal involved was a bull shark.
September 9, 2000 |
Granada Hills 47, North Hollywood 0--Joey Rodriquez caught three touchdown passes from Bobby Baca for the Highlanders at North Hollywood. Baca and Rodriquez hooked up for two 76-yard touchdowns within a six-minute span in the second quarter en route to a 33-0 lead at halftime. The pair connected again for a five-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Baca completed seven of 17 passes for 220 yards as Granada Hills outgained the Huskies , 460-176.
October 27, 2002
Spencer Schomer rushed for 154 yards, including a 79-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to lead Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-0, 3-0) to a 39-30 SCIAC victory at Occidental (4-2, 1-2) on Saturday. * Aaron Perez had a 70-yard fumble return to lead Pomona-Pitzer (3-4) to a 14-12 victory over Whittier (0-6).... John Sanders rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead Chapman (3-4) to a 48-43 victory over Thomas More College (4-3)....