October 25, 2012 |
UCLA receiver Jerry Johnson appears ready to rejoin the Bruins offense. Sore ribs prevented him from playing against Utah and limited him to one series against California. “He will helps us,” Mora said. “We use a lot of guys. It's not uncommon to have 11 different guys catching the ball. We need to do that and I don't think we did that last week.” UCLA had six receivers catching passes against Utah. The Bruins used three first-year freshmen at receiver -- Kenneth Walker, Jordan Payton and Devin Fuller.
October 23, 2012 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who just last year held the same position at Arizona State, won't be fanning any flames this week. His current quarterback protégé, Brett Hundley, can help UCLA become bowl eligible in October for the first time since 2005 if the Bruins can win Saturday at Arizona State. But standing in the way are the Sun Devils, who also have a prolific first-year starter at quarterback. Taylor Kelly, a redshirt sophomore, was groomed by Mazzone the last two seasons.
September 12, 2012 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone won't have to look far to find old friends Saturday. He can just glance across the Rose Bowl field to the Houston coaching staff. Cougars Coach Tony Levine was a graduate assistant under Mazzone at Auburn. Running back coach Ken McClintock was a running back at Minnesota when Mazzone was a Gophers' assistant. Wide receiver and special teams coach Jamie Christian was on staff with Mazzone at Arizona State. "I learned everything from them," Mazzone said.
April 14, 2012 |
UCLA running back Dalton Hilliard swung out of the backfield, caught a short pass and turned it into a quality gain during practice Saturday. The idea of running backs as eligible receivers is essential to offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's philosophy. But in recent seasons, the thought was treated at UCLA as if it might bring NCAA sanctions. "This is definitely different than our old offense," running back Johnathan Franklin said. "This is going to be a great opportunity to get the ball in space.
April 10, 2012 |
UCLA's fourth spring football practice ended near dusk Tuesday, and as the field began to empty, a 310-pound offensive lineman began sprinting, thundering sideline to sideline in a sweat-soaked shirt. Xavier Su'a-Filo is trying to shake loose the cobwebs from two years away from football, when the sophomore offensive lineman was on a Mormon mission. He's also trying to adjust to an offense with a tempo he described by snapping his fingers three times in quick succession. "It's no-huddle, you've got to constantly be going," he said.
April 2, 2012 |
Noel Mazzone, UCLA's new offensive coordinator, never got around to watching game tapes to see what quarterbacks he inherited. No reason, he said. Mazzone had only a few short meet-and-greet conversations with Kevin Prince and Brett Hundley, and even fewer with Richard Brehaut, during his first two months on the job. This is a new era around Westwood, and at first pass it has a laid-back look, right down to Mazzone's T-shirt and goatee. All he's missing is a flannel shirt and Nirvana CD. Then, with the voice of a general, Mazzone paraphrases George Patton: "A simple plan, finely executed today, is better than a perfect plan executed next week.