November 12, 2011 |
The ball was snapped to the USC punter and an old football movie broke out. He tucked the ball high under his right arm. He pumped his legs as if riding a bike. He began running stiff-backed and straight, pumping, pumping through a giant hole in the stunned Washington defense. Only when the punter had covered nearly half of the field did a Husky finally jump in front of him, but the punter kept pumping, flattening his nemesis as they crashed together into 1940. Knute Negrete, All-American.
November 4, 2011 |
It's pretty simple. A victory over No. 20 Arizona State on Saturday and UCLA is tied for first place in the Pacific 12 Conference's South Division. The Sun Devils can all but wrap up the division -- and a place in the conference championship game -- with a win. Staff writer Chris Foster examines the game's issues and matchups: Take it away Turnovers are the key to winning -- and losing -- football games. Has there ever been a coach who didn't have that go-to line ready?
September 22, 2011 |
Jeff Locke , best known as UCLA's punter, improved his NFL stock with his two field goals against Texas last Saturday. Locke, subbing for the injured Kip Smith , made kicks of 49 and 51 yards. He is already considered one of the top punters in the nation and handles kickoff chores for the Bruins. "Obviously, he showed he is diverse," Coach Rick Neuheisel said, which should resonate with NFL scouts. "As you're trying to secure roster spots, he would be very valuable, especially on a 45-man roster," Neuheisel added.
September 5, 2011 |
Kip Smith is going to be given every chance to be UCLA's kicker … unless someone else is better. Coach Rick Neuheisel is adamant that "we've got to keep working with him to get him to trust himself. " Yet how much trust Neuheisel will extend to Smith will depend on whether someone else— perhaps punter Jeff Locke — kicks better this week. "That will be part of a long conversation with Kip in terms on how we go forward," Neuheisel said. "We want him to win the job. " Whether he can remains to be seen.
August 22, 2011 |
If there was one clear decision that came out of UCLA's scrimmage Saturday, it was the need to solve the Bruins' kicking issues. That had punter Jeff Locke kicking field goals Monday. He made kicks of 34 and 35 yards during the two-minute drill work at the end of practice, while kicker Kip Smith watched. This is the direction Coach Rick Neuheisel said he was forced to move after Smith's wobbly performances. He made a 47-yard field goal, but missed a 30-yard try and was also wide on one extra-point attempt, during the scrimmage.
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August 16, 2011
Sherman White College athlete in point-shaving scandal Sherman White, 82, a 1950s college basketball star at Long Island University who served jail time for point shaving, died Aug. 4 of congestive heart failure at his home in Piscataway, N.J., said his wife, Ellen. The 6-foot-8 White was one of the nation's best college players for LIU in the late 1940s and led the nation in scoring in 1951 with more than 27 points per game. White appeared destined for a successful NBA career, but he was arrested in 1951 for taking money to fix the outcomes of games.
December 18, 2010 |
When it comes to invaluable weapons, kicker-punter Connor Loftus from Anaheim Servite has been one of the best this season. He came into Saturday night's CIF state championship Open Division bowl game with 15 field goals, including a long of 53, and he hasn't missed from under 40 yards. In the Pac-5 semifinals, he had a 68-yard punt against Mission Hills Alemany. Even more impressive is his ability to put the ball consistently into the end zone on kickoffs, forcing teams to drive nearly the length of the field against one of the best defenses in the Southland.
October 20, 2010 |
Brett Favre doesn't want to talk about any subject but the Green Bay Packers, while the NFL is seeking more information about allegations he sent suggestive messages and lewd photos in 2008 to a woman who worked for the New York Jets. Speaking on a conference call with reporters in Green Bay ahead of Sunday night's Minnesota Vikings-Packers game, Favre called the NFL's investigation into his alleged behavior a "league matter. " Minutes later, he declined to answer a series of questions about the situation in his weekly Wednesday news conference with Minnesota media.
September 9, 2010 |
Conrad Ukropina, the junior kicker-punter for Los Angeles Loyola, is an Eagle Scout with a 4.4 grade-point average. But that doesn't hide the fact he proudly possesses the peculiar personality traits associated with kickers. "They're definitely a little bit out there," Ukropina said. Kickers are the ones riding a boogie board during a hurricane warning. They're the ones begging the coach to let them try a 55-yard field goal that no one thinks can be made. They're the ones faking a broken leg with outlandish screams to convince referees to call a 15-yard penalty for roughing-the-kicker.
September 1, 2010 |
It appears that UCLA will have quarterback Kevin Prince available for Saturday's game at Kansas State. Now the Bruins must see about their most effective offensive player from last season. Senior kicker Kai Forbath , battling a leg injury, had a tee time set for Wednesday, but had to take a mulligan. Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza Trophy winner, has kicked little the last two weeks. "I warmed up [Wednesday] and it felt good running around," Forbath said. "But I took a few swings and felt it a little bit. We didn't want to risk it. " Forbath, who passed on entering the NFL draft last winter, led the team with 108 points.