April 5, 2014 |
What a difference a (pro) day makes. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had a great one, consistently hitting his receivers in stride. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater did not, struggling with his timing and accuracy in a choreographed on-campus workout that NFL scouts traditionally expect to be polished and seamless. Manziel is the top pick in this mock draft, and Bridgewater tumbles out of the first round. That's based not only on the players' pro day performances, but also on the seismic shift of free agency, in which teams such as Oakland and Tampa Bay addressed (at least for the time being)
February 17, 2014 |
The NFL Combine is set to begin on Saturday in Indianapolis, and there's going to be a Crenshaw-Dorsey reunion. Former Crenshaw players De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Martin are scheduled to participate, as is former Dorsey receiver Robert Herron . Herron, who went to Wyoming, has a great story to tell about overcoming the odds, but he has terrific speed and figures to make a positive impression. Martin, a standout at USC, is one of the top centers in the draft. And Thomas' versatility should be on display.
February 7, 2014 |
Jeff Ulbrich, UCLA's linebackers coach, has been promoted to defensive coordinator. He replaces Lou Spanos, who was hired last month by the Tennessee Titans to coach the NFL team's linebackers. Ulbrich, who turns 37 on Feb. 17, spent the last two seasons working with the linebackers, one of the Bruins' strengths with future NFL picks Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt and, in 2013, freshman Myles Jack. Ulbrich also coached the UCLA special teams. It leaves UCLA with one staff spot to fill.
January 18, 2014 |
UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has been hired as the linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans, the NFL team announced Saturday. Spanos spent the last two seasons at UCLA, where his solid defenses were led by aggressive linebackers such as Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt. The Bruins had 14 sacks in 2011. They had 47 in 2012, Spano's first season, and 32 sacks last season. Before coming to UCLA, Spanos spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant. UCLA Coach Jim Mora said he would not hire a new defensive coordinator until after college football signing day on Feb. 5. ALSO: Kobe Bryant creates stir when he visits college class Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to buy cars for training staff Dennis Rodman enters alcohol rehab facility, according to agent
December 30, 2013 |
The holiday season has rarely been a joyful time for UCLA. The Bruins have won in only four of their last 14 bowl appearances heading into Tuesday's game against Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the story lines: What's my line? It's far from a hot-topic item, and it's guaranteed not to trend on the Internet: UCLA's success on offense hinges on the play of its line. Will it be an Arizona State-like game, when quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked nine times?
December 28, 2013 |
EL PASO - UCLA All-American linebacker Anthony Barr has a different idea of "fun. " This week that describes going up against Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas , a 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Asked whether he ever had to tackle someone so big, Barr said, "I don't think so, but it'll be fun. " The Bruins are hoping Barr has a rollicking good time. Thomas is the key to the Hokies' offense, UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said, much in the same way that quarterback Brett Hundley makes the Bruins' offense tick.