December 20, 2012 |
There was some disbelief last winter when first-year UCLA Coach Jim Mora installed Angus McClure as defensive line coach. McClure had spent most of his college career working with offensive linemen and tight ends. He had never coached defensive linemen on that level, and had spent three of his previous five years off the field, serving three years as the on-campus recruiting coordinator. At first glance, he didn't seem like a logical fit, and one of his first moves didn't do much to change that impression among players.
August 21, 2012 |
Heading into last season, UCLA's defensive line was considered one of its strengths. Heading out of it, that unit was a clear weakness. Offenses ran roughshod over UCLA's front line and ultimately torched the Bruins for 190.6 rushing yards a game. UCLA surrendered more than 200 rushing yards in seven games, including in the Pac-12 championship, when Oregon ran for 352 yards and rolled the Bruins, 49-31. In the end, UCLA's rushing defense ranked 96th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams and next to last in the Pac-12 Conference.
October 14, 1999 |
An upper respiratory infection is sweeping through the Bruins, especially the defensive line, causing several players to sit out practice and raising questions about the lineup for Saturday. Six players sat out Wednesday's workout--including Ed Anderson because of pneumonia and a 104-degree temperature--and 15 others participated with symptoms ranging from sinus problems to fever to sore throats.
August 22, 2012 |
George Uko started two games last season for USC. That qualifies the sophomore as a veteran defensive lineman for a Trojans team opening this season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the coaches' poll. "That makes me play better," Uko says of his role as an elder, "because I feel like I need to step up. " The situation demands it. USC is counting on Uko and senior end Wes Horton to lead a line that is regarded as the Trojans' biggest question mark. A few weeks before training camp began this month, tailback depth was the Trojans' most pressing issue.
October 15, 2000 |
The Bruins face Oregon State next week. The Beavers feature Ken Simonton, the leading rusher in the Pacific 10 Conference, and the Bruins might be forced to try to stop him without three of their top defensive linemen. Kenyon Coleman remains sidelined after knee surgery. Sean Phillips, Coleman's replacement, severely sprained his left ankle on the second play of Saturday's game and watched the rest of the game on crutches. Rusty Williams injured his right foot and also needed crutches.
August 21, 1997 |
When Darrell Russell left USC a year early and became the second pick in the NFL draft, he left the Trojans with a big hole on the defensive line. It measures about 6 feet 4 and 305 pounds. End George Perry is the only returning starter, and both tackles are gone--Russell and Matt Keneley. Senior Cedric Jefferson (6-2, 280) is taking Russell's position and junior Marc Matock is the other tackle. Junior Lawrence Larry, who Coach John Robinson said is having a great camp, is the other end.