August 9, 2010 |
In two seasons, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel has managed to get the Bruins back to the Karl Dorrell level. A 7-6 record, a trip to a lower-tier bowl game and a promise of better days ahead were the results of the 2009 season, all benchmarks of Dorrell's tenure as the Bruins' coach from 2003 to 2007. There are reasons why the Bruins have yet to soar under Neuheisel, deeply rooted in the cupboard-is-bare program he was handed. But setting sail on his third season, with training camp opening Monday, even Neuheisel knows he has to deviate from that path.
September 7, 2010
There are certain stereotypes about the makeup of linebackers, and at first glance UCLA's Patrick Larimore seems to fit the blueprint. His favorite movie: "Gladiator. " His favorite video game: "Call of Duty. " What he likes about football: "The contact. " Yet, scratch the surface and you find a 6-foot-3, 250-pound football player who depends every bit as much on brains as brawn. "He's a smart kid," said Clark Lea, who coaches UCLA's linebackers. "[But]
December 22, 2009 |
UCLA will be without a key member of the offensive line and two reserve players when it takes on Temple on Dec. 29 in the EagleBank Bowl at Washington. Starting center Kai Maiava, the cornerstone of the offensive line, and reserve tight end Morrell Presley are academically ineligible, Coach Rick Neuheisel said. UCLA also will be without reserve guard Stanley Hasiak, who has been sent home to Hawaii for personal reasons, said a source in the program who wasn't authorized to speak about the issue.
December 19, 2009 |
Senior defensive tackle Jess Ward has left little pieces of himself all over the UCLA practice field. He has had his left knee operated on twice and missed three weeks at the start of this season because of a sprained right knee. And now, while preparing to play Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29, Ward is ignoring the pain in his right shoulder that limited his practice time earlier in the week. Nothing is going to keep him from one last game. "You don't necessarily think you'll miss killing yourself, working your butt off, but as get you get closer to the end, you start thinking about what you're going to miss," Ward said.
December 15, 2009 |
UCLA's EagleBank Bowl game preparations were interrupted Tuesday . . . by the players. The Bruins resurrected the most visible of UCLA football traditions after finishing stretching exercises. Coach Rick Neuheisel called his team into a huddle, exhorted them by barking, "Let's have a great effort today!" then watched as the players bolted over the practice field wall and took off, ending practice. The tradition is known as "Wall Day," an event Neuheisel thought he had ended last spring.
December 18, 2009 |
Bill Cosby, comedian, actor and former Temple football player, can sum up in one word what he remembers about his days as an Owls running back. "Fumbling," Cosby said. That may have been the case for his two-year career at Temple. But Cosby is not dropping the ball for Temple these days. In fact, he has been carrying it. Cosby has given the Owls a clear advantage over UCLA in the area of former-player-turned-Hollywood-personality with the EagleBank Bowl looming Dec. 29 in Washington.
December 28, 2009 |
UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price has been a headache for opposing coaches and players the last two seasons. Relief might be in sight. Indications are the junior will play his final game for the Bruins against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl at Washington and then make himself available for the NFL draft in April. Price hasn't made any official announcements, but his play speaks volumes. He has 22 1/2 tackles for a loss -- third-most nationally -- and was voted the Pacific 10 defensive player of the year despite playing for an eighth-place team.
December 30, 2009 |
OK, so UCLA proved it can win a game played in a dump that felt oddly like a walk-in freezer built on a skating rink. "We're very excited about being the EagleBank Bowl champions," Coach Rick Neuheisel said Tuesday, and how many coaches could or would ever want to say that? Sure, it was brilliant, finishing 6-6, putting the Bruins in position to face a bowl patsy and ending the year on a positive note. And good for the Bruins, they beat a Temple team that until this season hadn't had a winning season since '90, and that's 1990, hadn't played in a bowl game since 1979, and beat only one team all year long with a winning record, and that team was missing its starting quarterback.
December 14, 2009 |
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince , still recovering from a shoulder injury, took one snap and handed off. That was his high point for practice Sunday. Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel is confident that Prince will be back by "midweek" and be ready to play against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29. Prince, though, came off as more pragmatic. "One doctor told me that I might be ready to play or I might not," said Prince, who suffered an AC sprain against USC. "There is no set timetable."
December 17, 2009 |
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince tested his throwing arm, tossing passes in drills Wednesday during practice. "It was a step forward," Prince said. It was the first time Prince had thrown passes in drills since suffering an AC sprain and mild separation in his right shoulder. "It's not perfect," Prince said, "but it's better." Prince injured the shoulder in the USC-UCLA game on Nov. 28. Whether he can play against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29 remains to be seen.