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.
December 26, 2013 |
UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr knows all too well how one decision can affect a football life. There may still be a Matt Barkley-shaped indentation in the Rose Bowl turf to remind him. Barr slammed the USC quarterback to the ground last season, separating his shoulder. Barkley, many believed, would have been a first-round pick had he declared for the NFL draft after his junior season a year earlier. But he returned to USC and wound up being part of Barr's NFL application. It was something Barr recalled, and eventually dismissed, when faced with the same should-I-stay-or-should-I-go moment last December.
December 22, 2013 |
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley could look across the city last season and see the perils of staying in school. Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley , whom many thought to be a first-round pick after his junior season, came back for a senior year. The Trojans finished 7-6. Barkley didn't win the Heisman Trophy. He slipped to the fourth round in the NFL draft last spring. A cautionary tale. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks Only, all Hundley has to do is look across the locker room to see the upside to playing another season at UCLA.
December 21, 2013 |
UCLA wrapped the first week of its preparation for the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Saturday, going through a mock game that Coach Jim Mora hoped would keep the Bruins focused. A year ago, UCLA came out flat against Baylor in the Holiday Bowl and was blown out, 49-26. Mora vowed to change the team's approach heading into the game against Virginia Tech on Dec. 31. The Bruins scrimmaged for about an hour, though it was not full contact. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks "I thought it was awesome," Mora said.