April 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It could average 400 pounds from tackle to tackle, and still the offensive line Johnathan Franklin runs behind in the NFL won't be as daunting as the line he had at UCLA. His line in college was a queue of seven running backs, and Franklin was at the bottom of the depth chart as a freshman. He typically got to touch the ball once per practice. "If I didn't do something with my one rep, I'd walk away mad," said Franklin, who this week will become the first Bruins running back drafted since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2006.
April 22, 2013 |
Danusia Francis, a charismatic freshman on the UCLA gymnastics team, had a little trick up her sleeve Sunday for the balance beam event final in the NCAA championships at Pauley Pavilion. Francis did something you probably shouldn't try at home — even on the ground and certainly not on a balance beam. It was a move she described as "a backward cartwheel with no hands. " And she landed it, the first collegiate gymnast to perform that difficult aerial trick on the balance beam.
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April 18, 2013 |
With its giant volume of applications from around the state and world, UCLA is once again the toughest UC campus to crack for students who want to enroll in the fall as a freshman. According to statistics released Thursday, UCLA offered fall 2013 admission to only 17.4% of California residents who applied and to 20.1% of its overall applicants, including those from other states and nations. As it has for several years, UCLA attracted the most freshman applications -- 80,494 this time -- of any public university in the nation, campus officials said.
April 9, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - After all the years and countless milestones, it's hardly possible for Connecticut to bounce a pass anymore without making history. Geno Auriemma, the master craftsman, and his series of master classes, have become as synonymous to women's basketball as Howard Johnson was to the ice-cream cone. Things just seemed vastly different in the world once they came along. On Tuesday, after being re-routed at times by injuries and, well, you know, Notre Dame, the Huskies arrived at the place they've come to know so well.
April 6, 2013 |
It is no longer rare for freshman tailbacks to start season openers for USC. C.J. Gable became the first true freshman to achieve the feat in 2006 and D.J. Morgan did it as a redshirt freshman in 2011. The Trojans' Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii is still months away, but Justin Davis might earn the opportunity to join that select group if he performs during training camp as he has in spring practice. Davis, who graduated from Stockton Lincoln High in December, rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown in 17 carries Saturday during a situational scrimmage at the Coliseum.
April 5, 2013 |
After his team's embarrassing finish to the 2012 season, USC Coach Lane Kiffin began spring practice determined to implement a more physical style to workouts. The switch has generally resulted in spirited, hard-hitting practices. But the approach comes with a cost. Kiffin announced Thursday that highly regarded freshman safety Su'a Cravens would have knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus Friday. Cravens, USA Today's 2012 defensive player of the year at Vista Murrieta High, had worked extensively with USC's first-team defense and appeared on track for a large role in the fall.