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December 27, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
As the time draws near for the Rose Bowl game this New Year's Day--as the stories are told and the names made famous--one who most certainly will be shrugged off is UCLA's quarterback, David Norrie. That's nothing new. Norrie went unnoticed through his first four years at UCLA, and when he finally became the starter this season, he was characterized as a solid, consistent athlete who patiently waited his turn. Every time he was mentioned, he was praised for having a great attitude.
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August 14, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Brett Hundley's outside-of-football interests include art, philosophy and history. And those all could come in handy as he takes over as UCLA's quarterback and tries to remind fans of another era. Thirteen long seasons have passed since a UCLA quarterback took the Bruins to a Rose Bowl. Thirteen NFL drafts have come and gone since a UCLA quarterback was deemed worthy of selection. The Bruins have had impact quarterbacks. Bob Waterfield, Gary Beban, Troy Aikman, Tommy Maddox, Cade McNown and others left their mark.
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November 10, 1985 | JIM MURRAY
When, after four years of waiting in the wings for his big chance, UCLA substitute quarterback David Norrie greeted his opportunity in spring training by getting in not one but two automobile accidents in a little more than a week, the campus wags were ready: "Johnny Unitas had such great peripheral vision he could see his ears. David Norrie can't even see a Cadillac." Others saw the bright side of it. "Those were the first completions David had all year," they noted.
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April 12, 2011 | By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times
Homer Smith, who served three stints as a UCLA football assistant coach and may have been college's most intellectually gifted offensive mind, died Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Smith, who spent 37 of his 39 coaching seasons at the collegiate level, never received the acclaim of the headliners he served — UCLA's Pepper Rodgers and Terry Donahue and Alabama's Gene Stallings. Smith was introverted and nomadic by nature, never spending enough time in one place to establish a school-specific legacy.
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December 29, 1985 | TRACY DODDS
UCLA quarterback David Norrie did participate in parts of practice Saturday afternoon, but Coach Terry Donahue was not at all sure that Norrie would be ready to start against Iowa in the Rose Bowl game. Donahue said that there is now some fear that the quadriceps muscle in Norrie's right leg, which seems to be strained, might even be torn. "It's up in the air right now," Donahue said. "His last practice was a week ago. We'll go as long as we can go (before making a decision).
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September 24, 1985 | TRACY DODDS
David Norrie will be the starting quarterback for UCLA in the Bruins' Pacific 10 opener Saturday at Washington. Coach Terry Donahue had no trouble making that decision, considering that Norrie led the Bruins to an easy victory over San Diego State last Saturday. The Bruins are 2-0-1 going into the game at Washington. The question now is who will start at tailback if, as the coaches fear, Gaston Green is still unable to play. Green sat out the San Diego State game because of a knee injury.
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October 22, 1994
Here's to Frank Batchkoff. A guy who played four years at UCLA during which time the team won two Rose Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl, a Freedom Bowl and seven of every 10 games it played. A guy who claims, "Donahue was our Achilles' heel." Frank would look for the manure in a room full of ponies. Ninety-five percent of the I-A schools in this country would love to have the record that Coach Donahue has established at UCLA. By the way, Frank, didn't you sell your Rose Bowl tickets this year to a Wisconsin fan?
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October 8, 1993 | GARY KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
David Norrie no longer calls plays for the UCLA football team, but the former Bruin quarterback is making a name for himself with his descriptions and insights about them. Norrie, who led UCLA to the 1986 Rose Bowl, is in his third season as the color commentator for Bruin radio broadcasts. A novice when he was hired in 1991 by KMPC-710, Norrie has learned and improved quickly. His experience as a player is evident in his analysis.
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April 12, 2011 | By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times
Homer Smith, who served three stints as a UCLA football assistant coach and may have been college's most intellectually gifted offensive mind, died Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Smith, who spent 37 of his 39 coaching seasons at the collegiate level, never received the acclaim of the headliners he served — UCLA's Pepper Rodgers and Terry Donahue and Alabama's Gene Stallings. Smith was introverted and nomadic by nature, never spending enough time in one place to establish a school-specific legacy.
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August 14, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Brett Hundley's outside-of-football interests include art, philosophy and history. And those all could come in handy as he takes over as UCLA's quarterback and tries to remind fans of another era. Thirteen long seasons have passed since a UCLA quarterback took the Bruins to a Rose Bowl. Thirteen NFL drafts have come and gone since a UCLA quarterback was deemed worthy of selection. The Bruins have had impact quarterbacks. Bob Waterfield, Gary Beban, Troy Aikman, Tommy Maddox, Cade McNown and others left their mark.
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January 1, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Game was an elixir for Bruins On the morning of Monday, Jan. 2, 1984, with UCLA set to play Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Bruins Coach Terry Donahue got a sickening feeling when he showed up at the team's pre-game meal at the Beverly Hilton. "Half the team was missing," Donahue recalled Monday. "I asked [trainer] Ducky Drake where everybody was, and he said they were sick." Food poisoning, or maybe a massive flu bug, had ravaged Donahue's team. And the sickest was starting quarterback Rick Neuheisel.
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October 22, 1994
Here's to Frank Batchkoff. A guy who played four years at UCLA during which time the team won two Rose Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl, a Freedom Bowl and seven of every 10 games it played. A guy who claims, "Donahue was our Achilles' heel." Frank would look for the manure in a room full of ponies. Ninety-five percent of the I-A schools in this country would love to have the record that Coach Donahue has established at UCLA. By the way, Frank, didn't you sell your Rose Bowl tickets this year to a Wisconsin fan?
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November 19, 1993
UCLA radio commentator David Norrie, a featured guest of the L.A. Bond Club USC-UCLA luncheon at the Biltmore Bowl on Thursday, delivered a rather eloquent speech. Then it was Craig Fertig's turn at the microphone. "I see where David had to use notes, but I don't. I had a formal eduction," said the Prime Ticket commentator, a former USC quarterback and assistant coach.
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October 8, 1993 | GARY KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
David Norrie no longer calls plays for the UCLA football team, but the former Bruin quarterback is making a name for himself with his descriptions and insights about them. Norrie, who led UCLA to the 1986 Rose Bowl, is in his third season as the color commentator for Bruin radio broadcasts. A novice when he was hired in 1991 by KMPC-710, Norrie has learned and improved quickly. His experience as a player is evident in his analysis.
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September 3, 1989 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
At UCLA, where success is sometimes measured as much by Trojan misfortune as by Bruin accomplishment, failing to reach the Rose Bowl with Troy Aikman was made just slightly more tolerable when USC lost each year to the Big Ten champions. Of course, that's not all that UCLA had to gloat about. While the Trojans were losing in Pasadena, the Bruins won bowl games in each of Aikman's two seasons in Westwood, establishing a National Collegiate Athletic Assn. record last Jan. 2 with their seventh straight postseason victory, a 17-3 beating of Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
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December 21, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Flipper Anderson knows about quarterbacks. As a fifth-year split end, he has worked with a bunch of different quarterbacks at UCLA--Rick Neuheisel, Steve Bono, David Norrie, Matt Stevens, Brendan McCracken. He even was a pretty good quarterback himself at one time, when he was a senior at Paulsboro High School in New Jersey. So, based on his experience, what's his opinion of UCLA's current quarterback, Troy Aikman? "He was a God-send," Anderson said.
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September 15, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Another tough road game, another heart-stopping finish, another big comeback hero. But this time the roles were reversed, and it was the senior quarterback, David Norrie, who came off the bench in relief of junior Matt Stevens to save the day as UCLA rallied to tie Tennessee, 26-26, with two eight-point touchdowns in the last five minutes.
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January 1, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Game was an elixir for Bruins On the morning of Monday, Jan. 2, 1984, with UCLA set to play Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Bruins Coach Terry Donahue got a sickening feeling when he showed up at the team's pre-game meal at the Beverly Hilton. "Half the team was missing," Donahue recalled Monday. "I asked [trainer] Ducky Drake where everybody was, and he said they were sick." Food poisoning, or maybe a massive flu bug, had ravaged Donahue's team. And the sickest was starting quarterback Rick Neuheisel.
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December 29, 1985 | TRACY DODDS
UCLA quarterback David Norrie did participate in parts of practice Saturday afternoon, but Coach Terry Donahue was not at all sure that Norrie would be ready to start against Iowa in the Rose Bowl game. Donahue said that there is now some fear that the quadriceps muscle in Norrie's right leg, which seems to be strained, might even be torn. "It's up in the air right now," Donahue said. "His last practice was a week ago. We'll go as long as we can go (before making a decision).
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December 27, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
As the time draws near for the Rose Bowl game this New Year's Day--as the stories are told and the names made famous--one who most certainly will be shrugged off is UCLA's quarterback, David Norrie. That's nothing new. Norrie went unnoticed through his first four years at UCLA, and when he finally became the starter this season, he was characterized as a solid, consistent athlete who patiently waited his turn. Every time he was mentioned, he was praised for having a great attitude.
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