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.
May 13, 2011 |
James Washington's Shelter 37 Foundation will hold a free football clinic for youths from fifth to eighth grades on Saturday at Los Angeles Southwest College. The camp, in its seventh year, is open to 500. They will work with 60 coaches, players and former players. Washington, a former UCLA and NFL defensive back, formed the not-for-profit Shelter 37 in 1993. "I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and I never had the opportunity to go to these camps," said Washington, who attended Los Angeles Jordan High.
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.
October 2, 2011 |
UCLA rediscovered something during its 45-19 loss to Stanford Saturday night in Palo Alto. At 6 feet 8, you would think tight end Joseph Fauria would be hard to misplace, but it had been a while since the Bruins had used him. Fauria, a transfer from Notre Dame, had six receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown against Houston in the season opener. He had only three receptions for 43 yards in the next three games. But he was back in the Bruins' plans against Stanford, catching three passes for 43 yards and two touchdowns.
December 4, 2010 |
USC rushing offense vs. UCLA rushing defense: The Trojans have been Tailback Who more than Tailback U this year. Leading rusher Marc Tyler has had stellar moments, as has Allen Bradford. But freshman Dillon Baxter traveled farther on a golf cart than he has on the field. The flip side is that UCLA's youth, inexperience and shoddy tackling have led to big days for running backs, though linebacker Akeem Ayers can have a dramatic impact on a game. Advantage: USC. USC passing offense vs. UCLA's passing defense: If Matt Barkley plays, the Trojans are more dangerous.
November 25, 2010 |
Jordan Zumwalt , UCLA's freshman middle linebacker, has a warning for opposing teams. The Bruins' defense has been trampled over this season, allowing 200 or more yards rushing in six games, but Zumwalt said, "You're not going to get it in the future, that's for sure. As soon as we get a year of college under our belts, college workouts, we're going to be beasts. We've got nothing but big things ahead of us. " There are up sides to the Bruins' defensive front. Zumwalt, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa and defensive tackle Cassius Marsh all are freshmen.