December 17, 2012 |
UCLA opens the 2013 season against Nevada at the Rose Bowl. There will be two noticeable holes in the Bruins' roster - running back Johnathan Franklin and punter Jeff Locke. UCLA has 18 seniors who must be replaced. Franklin and Locke present the biggest challenges. "You can't replace a Johnathan Franklin and Jeff Locke, both their production and the influence they have on the players around them," Coach Jim Mora said. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule Franklin gathers UCLA running backs at the gate at Spaulding Field before practice.
June 23, 2013
With so many established pitchers floundering this season, staff writer Tim Hubbard shows there are plenty of non-household names that can help bolster any fantasy owner's rotation. Mike Leake SP | Cincinnati It wasn't until the Reds scrapped plans to move Aroldis Chapman into the rotation in late March that Leake slipped out of camp as the team's fifth starter. It has proven to be a great decision. Leake has been Cincinnati's best starter the last two months, going 6-2 with a 1.86 ERA since May 1. Jeff Locke SP | Pittsburgh Locke was solid, if unspectacular, in seven minor league seasons and after a call up to the Pirates last year, but the left-hander has broken out in 2013, going 6-1 with a 2.03 ERA. He's allowed only four earned runs in his last seven starts.
April 22, 2013 |
UCLA ends practice the same way every day: Ka'imi Fairbairn stares at the goal posts from 52 yards away and to the left. Fairbairn stood at that distance and angle in December, watching his field goal attempt hook wide. He then watched Stanford celebrate a 27-24 victory in the Pac-12 championship game. “Coach puts me in that position every practice to help me get over it,” Fairbairn said. There is a need for Fairbairn to learn such things and grow - not so much as a kicker, but as a leader.
August 9, 2013 |
Sean Covington, UCLA's freshman punter, has a lot to learn. “I don't get 'butterflies,'” Covington said. Well, they're flying insects. But that's not important right now. What Covington claims immunity to are those cold-sweat, night-terror nerves that can accompany a first college game. When he lines up to punt against Nevada in the Rose Bowl on Aug. 31, it will be just another football moment, he says. "I guess I have a stiff stomach,” Covington said. He has more going for him than that.
February 6, 2013 |
UCLA's national signing day started with two players Wednesday morning, one who will make an immediate impact and another who could figure prominently. Sean Covington, a punter from St. Petersburg High School, and Caleb Benenoch, an offensive lineman from Katy (Tex.) Seven Lakes, have signed their letters of intent. Covington is expected to lessen the blow of losing Jeff Locke, arguably the top punter in UCLA history. Covington is ranked third at his position by Scout.com and 12th by Rivals.com.
April 27, 2013 |
UCLA defensive back Marcus Rios will miss at least six months, and possibly the entire 2013 season, because of a fungus infection in his sinus area. Rios, a freshman last season, has undergone six surgeries to remove the infection since last October. He will undergo another surgery in the next two weeks. “It started as a sinus infection last October,” Rios said. “Then they found the fungus infection behind my eye and beneath my brain.” Rios said that “it's very rare.