April 5, 2009 |
Aaron Hester announced his presence with authority during UCLA passing drills, shouting, "I'm coming after you," at receiver Morrell Presley after an incomplete pass. Hester has the swagger to be cornerback. He ran step for step with Chris Forcier, who is billed as having 4.43 speed in the 40. Hester has the speed to be a cornerback. He cut across the middle, leaped, and picked off a pass. Hester has the ability to be a cornerback. Now comes the tricky part.
November 23, 2013 |
Diane Long will sit in an Edward Jones Dome luxury box Sunday, binoculars lifted to her eyes, her focus trained on the line of scrimmage. She won't be following the football much when the St. Louis Rams play host to the Chicago Bears. For four quarters, the trenches will be the center of her universe. On one side of the line of scrimmage will be Long's eldest son, Chris, standout defensive end for the Rams. On the other, her middle son, Kyle, rookie guard for the Bears. In the suite, a couple of nervous parents - Diane and her husband, Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long.
December 16, 2009 |
Alabama will bring a lineup powered by a record number of Associated Press All-Americans to the national championship game. Six players on the top-ranked Crimson Tide, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram , made the AP All-America team released Tuesday. Ingram was a unanimous choice, as was linebacker Rolando McClain . Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was voted to the team for the second consecutive season. Cornerback Javier Arenas , guard Michael Johnson and kicker Leigh Tiffin also were on the squad.
November 28, 2006 |
Eight USC players and two UCLA players were voted to the all-Pacific 10 first team and USC's Pete Carroll was voted coach of the year, the conference announced Monday. Carroll, who guided the Trojans to a record fifth consecutive conference championship, shared the honor in 2003 and 2005. The teams and award winners are selected by vote of conference coaches. "It's nice recognition from the fellas," Carroll said.
December 8, 2009 |
UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price was named the Pacific 10 Conference's defensive player of the year Monday. Price was so dominant that he received the honor despite the fact the 6-6 Bruins finished eighth in conference with a 3-6 record. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, a Heisman Trophy finalist, was named the offensive player of the year and Oregon's Chip Kelly is the coach of the year. Price, a junior who may declare for the NFL draft, led the conference with 22.5 tackles for a loss, which ranks him third nationally.
September 24, 2012 |
Matthew Stafford's playing status is up in the air for the Detroit Lions' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. That's all we know about the Lions' starting quarterback following Coach Jim Schwartz's meeting with the press Monday -- which is basically what we already knew before Schwartz's comments. “I don't have any comment on how anything went with him,” Schwartz said of Stafford, who was scheduled to have an MRI after straining a muscle in his right leg during the Lions' 44-41 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
October 14, 2013 |
It figures to be one of the more interesting, and odd, NFL games this season, Denver's Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis on Sunday to face the Colts for the first time. Manning had no plans to discuss the Week 7 game after Sunday's victory over Jacksonville, deftly dodging questions about it from reporters in Denver. "I think the good thing about this game today is that we will come in tomorrow, meet with the coaches, and really try to correct the mistakes from this game," Manning said Sunday afternoon.
September 20, 2008 |
UCLA found a way to handle Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama once before. The Bruins sent him to the hospital. Tuitama was knocked out of the 2006 game at the Rose Bowl, a 27-7 UCLA victory. But when not spending time in the ER, Tuitama has left the Bruins in need of an IV. In 2005, he threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-14 Arizona victory over a previously undefeated UCLA team. Last season, he threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-27 victory.
November 8, 2008 |
UCLA players might want to avoid looking at the calendar. With this afternoon's game against Oregon State at the Rose Bowl, they enter hostile territory. As linebacker Reggie Carter put it: "November hasn't really been our best friend." Over the last 10 seasons, the Bruins have gone 12-16 in the penultimate month of the year.
September 1, 2006 |
* Coach: Karl Dorrell, fourth season, 22-15. * Last season: 10-2 overall, 6-2 in Pacific 10 Conference, third place. * Key losses: QB Drew Olson, TE Marcedes Lewis, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, SS Jarrad Page, LB Spencer Havner, LB Justin London. * Returning starters: OG Shannon Tevaga, FB Michael Pitre, OT Noah Sutherland, OT Brian Abraham, C Robert Chai, DE Justin Hickman, DT Chase Moline, LB John Hale, CB Trey Brown, FS Dennis Keyes, DT Brigham Harwell, K Justin Medlock, P Aaron Perez.