August 11, 1988 |
The un-Greening of Gaston continues, with the Rams' No. 1 draft choice just now getting the hang of Camp Robinson and the quirks that accompany it. For instance, Gaston Green, the All-American halfback, the former UCLA superstar, has to learn, well, to run the Ram way. Considering Green's resume, this is a little like teaching a baby to wail. But the Rams are picky that way.
September 2, 1987 |
Gaston Green hasn't been able to get the sleep he needs before his afternoon practice because of all the interviews he has to do every day. And reading his mail takes about five times longer than it used to. And, oh yeah, his teammates nag him a lot to make sure he finds time for the weight room. Green thought about it a little more, then flashed that bright smile and said in that soft, easy, matter-of-fact way of his: "That's about it." That's it? That's all there is to the Heisman Trophy dash?
September 8, 1991 |
Another week, another gimmick. Just what the Raiders need in the wake of two mail-order offenses that left them on the short end of 51-3 and 47-17 scores. What the Raiders wouldn't give for a simple game of run-and-pass. First, it was Buffalo's no-huddle offense in last January's AFC title game. In last Sunday's opener, it was Houston's run-and-shoot.
September 23, 1991 |
The Great Letdown. The Chargers' highly-regarded defense was going to provide the foundation for success during the 1991 season, but instead it has become the springboard to victory for the opposition. The Chargers pulled within a point of the Broncos twice in the fourth quarter, but a series of defensive blunders forced them to retreat further on the scoreboard.
August 31, 2012 |
While UCLA's 49-24 victory Thursday could be taken with a grain of, well, Rice, it was a good start in Johnathan Franklin's attempt to run down Gaston Green. Franklin gained 214 yards, including touchdown runs of 74 and 78 yards. It gave him 2,883 yards rushing in his UCLA career, leaving him 848 short of Green's UCLA record. Franklin is eighth on the Bruins' all-time list, 31 yards behind Theotis Brown. It was the second time that Franklin has topped 200 yards in a game.
September 7, 2012 |
Johnathan Franklin arrived at UCLA fully aware of the distance he had to travel to match Gaston Green's career rushing record. And Green says he came to Westwood in 1984 ready to run down Freeman McNeil and climb to the top of the chart. There are other similarities between the player who is sprinting up UCLA's career rushing chart and the former player at the top of the list. Franklin, a compact 5 feet 11, 195 pounds, has now-you-see-me, now-you-don't speed. Green, at 5-10, 190, often left vapor trails in his wake.
December 3, 1987
Tailback Gaston Green and inside linebacker Ken Norton Jr. were given the Red Sanders Award as UCLA's most valuable players.
November 12, 1988
To all the Bob Oateses of this world who are ready to relegate Gaston Green to the hot-stove league waiver wire, it might be wise to turn the calendar back to 1972, when a certain Ram rookie running back labored in greater obscurity than Green is now, before turning in some stellar years for the local eleven. A clue to his identity? Gaston Green is wearing his old number (30) and his initials are L.M. (Lawrence McCutcheon). BILL SEIBEL La Verne