September 15, 2011 |
Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson remembers last season's game against UCLA this way: "They took what we gave them. " The Longhorns gave a lot. UCLA rumbled for 264 yards rushing in a 34-12 rout at Austin. Johnathan Franklin led the way with 118 yards rushing and Derrick Coleman ran for 94, including a 29-yard touchdown. "My role is to go out and get tough yards and be physical," Coleman said. "That's what I did and that's what I'm about to do again. " Not so fast, Robinson said.
April 20, 2010 |
UCLA guard Jeff Baca looked up and saw tailback Derrick Coleman's backside 20 yards down the field during a live scrimmage during Tuesday's practice. "That was awesome," Baca said. "You make a block, look up and see your tailback in front of you, then one guy misses him, and he's gone. That's encouraging." Coleman's 39-yard touchdown run is why the Bruins have made the change to the "pistol" offense this spring. UCLA averaged a woeful 3.5 yards a carry a year ago, underscoring the need for a consistent running game.
November 12, 2009 |
UCLA is headed in a different, bigger direction with its running game this week. Derrick Coleman , a 6-foot, 230-pound sophomore, will get his first start of the season when the Bruins play at Washington State. UCLA has struggled with its running game in recent weeks, and the number of fumbles has become a concern. That has brought the focus to Coleman, who had seven carries in five games before he gained 49 yards in 13 carries against Washington on Saturday. "We need to see more yards after contact and we obviously need to see more security with the ball," running backs coach Wayne Moses said.
October 15, 2009 |
Cornerback Sheldon Price's on-the-job training probably will get held over for one more week. Price, a freshman, will start against California this week, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said, and probably will continue in the role against Arizona on Oct. 24. UCLA coaches were hoping Aaron Hester (cracked fibula) would return for the Arizona game, but Coach Rick Neuheisel said that Hester is at least one more week away. Hester, who started at cornerback in the season opener, did little more than run Wednesday.
August 25, 2009 |
UCLA tailback Johnathan Franklin doesn't play mind games when he runs. He darts one way, then another, then kicks in the speed. Nothing he can really explain. "I don't know, maybe I'll see my lineman's butt, or maybe green grass, or the defense move the other direction," Franklin said of his jitterbug style. "Rather than think about it, I just do what my instincts tell me." That style set him off on a 60-yard dart-and-dash touchdown run during Saturday's scrimmage. It was the centerpiece of a 99-yard performance that helped propel him into the No. 1 tailback spot during this morning's practice.
August 14, 2009 |
UCLA running back Milton Knox spent the last few months running up and down the large hill near his family's house. Occasionally, he hit the dunes in Manhattan Beach, plowing his way through the heavy sand. "I'm a man on a mission this year," Knox said. "I know the playbook. The game has slowed down for me. I have to show them what I can do." There is some urgency for Knox and fellow redshirt freshman Johnathan Franklin . Junior Christian Ramirez and sophomore Derrick Coleman are the top two tailbacks.