April 13, 2013 |
UCLA is still going through the process of finding a running back, or running backs, to fill the void left by Johnathan Franklin. That chore could be a bit easier a year from now. Rushel Shell, who is leaving Pittsburgh and looking at other schools, attended the Bruins' practice Saturday, getting the A-list treatment. That included a conversation with Franklin, who gained 1,700 yards last season and is awaiting the NFL draft. "He was telling me about the program - how it's about to take off," said Shell, who gained 641 yards rushing as a freshman at Pittsburgh in 2012.
April 6, 2013 |
There is no one in UCLA's spring practice who has more to prove than running back Malcolm Jones. And no one knows that more than Jones. "I'm a changed man," Jones said. "I'm not the selfish and immature person that I was before. I'm in it for the team, no matter how much I play. " Jones walked away from UCLA, and his scholarship, last September. He spent the fall pondering where to transfer. At the end of deliberations, Jones came back to Westwood. Now comes the hard work: making up for lost time.
February 22, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Determined to curtail the fumbling problem that plagued him earlier in his career, UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin carried a football with him everywhere he went before his senior season, taking it to dinner, the movies … even when he went to bed. All the while, people on campus - teammates and others - would try to poke, jab and rip it from his grasp. "Just random people would come up and try to hit my ball," Franklin said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
February 6, 2013 |
UCLA got a recruiting bonus Wednesday. Running back Malcolm Jones, who left UCLA last fall, will return to the Bruins program as a walk-on, Coach Jim Mora said. Jones was a high-profile recruit out of Westlake Village Oaks Christian, where he was named the national Gatorade player of the year as a senior. But Jones career meandered his first three years at UCLA. GRAPHIC: UCLA recruits The 6-foot, 220-pound running back had 313 yards rushing in three seasons before leaving after the 2012 season opener.
January 30, 2013 |
All the right stuff seemed to be there Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion, when the Bruins took on the rival USC Trojans in men's basketball. The recent $138-million upgrade to Pauley left it still shiny and new. The place was overwhelmed with the soft blue of Bruin colors, as it should be. It was UCLA's home game, UCLA's night. They promoted it as "Blue Out" night, and the faithful responded. All the current essentials of game-night noise and hype in big-time basketball, pro or college, were rolled out by the Bruins.
December 28, 2012
Earlier in the week I angrily wrote in about the Daily Trojan (a.k.a. L.A. Times) and the above-the-fold article with a huge picture of Matt Barkley and a below-the-fold, tiny article and picture on UCLA and Johnathan Franklin. Matt Barkley didn't even participate in the article on himself. On Christmas Day, I disgustedly wrote in again about the huge article and picture on Marqise Lee/USC and the tiny article on UCLA. Another nice gift to the Trojans. Well, after driving to San Diego to watch the Holiday Bowl, I profusely apologize for my previous missteps.