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October 3, 1996 | JIM HODGES
UCLA nose guard Jeff Ruckman, who won the starting position in the preseason, three weeks after being moved from backup linebacker, is anxious to play again Saturday night at Oregon, and he is hoping that his time comes just after kickoff. "I prefer starting because you can get the smell, the feel of the game right away," he said.
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November 12, 1997 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was a fullback then, mostly because nobody else wanted to be one, and it kind of fit his way of doing things. The job was leading Ricky Davis and Daron Washington and James Milliner through the line, or Skip Hicks around end or keeping defenders off quarterback Wayne Cook, and the idea was taking on the first player he saw wearing a different-colored shirt and belting him into oblivion.
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October 13, 1997 | JIM HODGES
It began in the second quarter, when Oregon's Akili Smith was sacked by Jeff Ruckman for a 10-yard loss, back to the UCLA 19, from which the ball was snapped on the next play, a futile field-goal try by the Ducks' Joshua Smith. Ruckman, a senior who has spent much of his five years in rehabilitation, stood up, pounded his chest and yelled loud enough for many of the stunned 42,314 at Autzen Stadium to hear. Actually, he said, it was Ruckman being Ruckman.
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October 13, 1997 | JIM HODGES
It began in the second quarter, when Oregon's Akili Smith was sacked by Jeff Ruckman for a 10-yard loss, back to the UCLA 19, from which the ball was snapped on the next play, a futile field-goal try by the Ducks' Joshua Smith. Ruckman, a senior who has spent much of his five years in rehabilitation, stood up, pounded his chest and yelled loud enough for many of the stunned 42,314 at Autzen Stadium to hear. Actually, he said, it was Ruckman being Ruckman.
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November 12, 1997 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was a fullback then, mostly because nobody else wanted to be one, and it kind of fit his way of doing things. The job was leading Ricky Davis and Daron Washington and James Milliner through the line, or Skip Hicks around end or keeping defenders off quarterback Wayne Cook, and the idea was taking on the first player he saw wearing a different-colored shirt and belting him into oblivion.
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September 24, 1996 | JIM HODGES
A week off has given UCLA some extra bodies to take to Michigan for Saturday's game. As of Monday, only cornerback Paul Guidry was doubtful for the game, and tight end Mike Grieb (ankle) and nose guard Jeff Ruckman (knee) were questionable. Meanwhile, the game at Oregon, Oct. 5, has been switched to a 7:15 start.
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August 14, 1997 | JIM HODGES
Kenyon Coleman didn't know how good he was until Notre Dame came along. "Notre Dame wanted me," he said. "That said I was among the elite. I thought I could play at that level, but I didn't know until then." After visiting Notre Dame, Coleman decided that his first impulse was the right one and signed with the Bruins. He has been among the most impressive of the freshmen, taking a turn with the first defensive unit Wednesday in place of injured nose guard Jeff Ruckman.
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November 1, 1996 | JIM HODGES
Derek Ayers, the only UCLA receiver who has caught a pass in all seven games, turned an ankle in practice and his availability for the Bruins' game Saturday against Stanford is questionable. Ayers, who has 13 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown, was running a pass route and slipped, turning his left ankle. He had sprained the same ankle in training camp. * Bruins sidelined for the Stanford game include free safety Shaun Williams and defensive end Darren Cline.
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September 4, 1996 | JIM HODGES
Danny Farmer comes by his two-sport prowess honestly. His father, George, played for national championship basketball teams for John Wooden at UCLA, and also for Tommy Prothro during football season, eventually winding up with the Chicago Bears for eight seasons. Danny's sports are volleyball and football and he sees similarities. "When [a pass] goes up, it's kind of like setting a volleyball," said Farmer, a freshman receiver. "When I'm setting a volleyball, it's kind of like catching a pass."
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September 10, 1993 | JIM HODGES
Freshman Skip Hicks, who scored a 40-yard touchdown in his second carry as a collegian, is the No. 2 tailback and is getting time playing No. 1 with Daron Washington sidelined because of a sprained ankle. In UCLA's final scoring drive Saturday night, Hicks and Jeff Ruckman, also a freshman, were the backs. * Kicker Jason Lesley had a long talk with Coach Terry Donahue about his situation at the school. Lesley, a freshman, was beaten out by Bjorn Merten in training camp.
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October 3, 1996 | JIM HODGES
UCLA nose guard Jeff Ruckman, who won the starting position in the preseason, three weeks after being moved from backup linebacker, is anxious to play again Saturday night at Oregon, and he is hoping that his time comes just after kickoff. "I prefer starting because you can get the smell, the feel of the game right away," he said.
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September 10, 1996 | JIM HODGES
Having read and heard that UCLA played fairly well and had some things to be proud of in its 35-20 loss to Tennessee, Bruin Coach Bob Toledo let it be known that there should be no misconceptions. "We're not satisfied with losing," he said. "I don't think there's such a thing as a moral victory. You either win or you lose. That's cut and dried."
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August 30, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER
An accumulation of injuries put linebacker Donnie Edwards on the sidelines and his chances of playing in Saturday's season opener against the University of Miami in doubt. Edwards, a key figure in UCLA's 4-3 defense, is suffering from a hip flexor, sore ribs and a sore lower leg. "He doesn't look healthy," said Coach Terry Donahue. "He's trying to practice hurt. "We'll probably turn him loose Saturday and see what happens.
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