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November 6, 2011 | By Chris Foster
One week UCLA goes with a 212-pound defensive end. The next the Bruins put a wide receiver at defensive back. Call it daring, call it desperate, it has worked. "That is born out of necessity," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "No. 1, we had attrition because of injuries. No. 2, we weren't having success. " This weekend's surprise was Randall Carroll at cornerback, a position he hasn't played since his senior year at Los Angeles Cathedral High. Carroll, a junior wide receiver, was used in passing situations in the 29-28 victory over Arizona State, usually when UCLA employed four cornerbacks against the Sun Devils' spread offense.
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January 9, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
This is not the UCLA football program Xavier Su'a-Filo left. The offensive tackle went off to his Mormon mission in 2009, leaving behind a team that finished with a 7-6 record after winning the EagleBank Bowl. Coach Rick Neuheisel appeared to have the program pointed in the right direction. Su'a-Filo returned to find Neuheisel fired and the future in the hands of Coach Jim Mora , who met with the team on the first day of classes Monday. "It's a little sad," said Su'a-Filo, who started 13 games as a freshman in 2009.
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August 19, 2009 | Chris Foster
Freshman Randall Carroll found an able and willing instructor at UCLA even before classes began. Carroll, a speedy wide receiver from Los Angeles Cathedral High, sought out Terrence Austin this summer to tap the senior's experience. The tutoring has helped. Carroll is on the verge of securing one of the receiver spots, with the Bruins expected to rotate five at the position. Austin and Taylor Embree are locks for the position, with Nelson Rosario and Gavin Ketchum expected to be in that mix. Carroll appears to be holding off fellow freshman Ricky Marvray for the final spot.
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December 30, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Reporting from San Francisco — Datone Jones, UCLA defensive lineman, is dealing with the present with an eye on the future. Playing Illinois on Saturday is that kind of twofold assignment. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl trophy might not find a place of honor in the UCLA Hall of Fame, but it would make a nice bookend to the EagleBank trophy the Bruins won in 2009. "When game time comes, we're going to be ready to compete," Jones said. But there is more at work than pursuing a shiny bauble.
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November 9, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Aaron Hester crumpled to the ground midway through practice Wednesday after hurting his left ankle, but the UCLA cornerback's injury won't be the reason he doesn't play in the first half against Utah. After practice ended, cornerback Randall Carroll inadvertently told reporters inquiring about increased playing time after Hester's injury that Hester would be suspended for part of Saturday's game. "He wasn't going to get to play the first half, so I think it's going to stay the same," Carroll said of his playing time.
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October 21, 2011 | By Chris Foster
The Pacific 12 Conference on Friday handed down suspensions to six UCLA football players and four Arizona players for their participation in a fight during Thursday night's game. UCLA defensive tackle Cassius Marsh will serve a two-game suspension, and wide receivers Taylor Embree, Randall Carroll, Ricky Marvray and Shaquelle Evans were suspended for one game. Guard Albert Cid will serve a half-game suspension. All four of Arizona's suspended players are defensive backs. Shaquille Richardson and Jourdon Grandon will sit out one game; Mark Watley and Lyle Brown received half-game suspensions.
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March 29, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Top performance: At the Pasadena Games, Randall Carroll of Los Angeles Cathedral won the 100 meters in 10.54 seconds and also took the 200 in 21.79. The scoop: It was Carroll's first big meet of the season, and both times rank as the fastest in the state. He's the defending state champion in the 100 and 200, when he won with times of 10.42 and 20.91. He's headed to UCLA on a football scholarship. Why it matters: Carroll will face a strong challenge at the state championships June 5-6 in Bakersfield from last year's 100 runner-up, Charles Saseun of Rancho Cucamonga.
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May 14, 2008 | Steve Galluzzo; Anthony Stitt; Martin Henderson; Jaime Cardenas
The Varsity Times Insider blog, a source for observations, news and game coverage, can be found at latimes.com/highschool. Here are some excerpts we like to call "Best of the Blog": From the City Section You might think Jimmy Wellman would be out celebrating after clinching Taft's second consecutive City Section boys' team tennis title, but the Toreadors' sophomore had other plans. "I'm going right to work on the ball machine," he said. "I need all the practice I can get."
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November 5, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Quarterback Kevin Prince and wide receiver Nelson Rosario connected on a 76-yard scoring pass in a 29-28 victory over Arizona State at the Rose Bowl Saturday, UCLA's longest touchdown pass since its 2007 season opener. A pump fake by Prince suckered two defensive backs, leaving Rosario running free. The play gave the Bruins a 23-14 lead early in the third quarter. The last UCLA scoring pass that was longer was a 77-yard connection between Ben Olson and Joe Cowan against Stanford more than four years ago. Rosario finished with five receptions for 151 yards, moving him into 11th place on UCLA's career receptions list and 10th in receiving yards.
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December 12, 2011 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Some UCLA football players and members of the coaching staff were at odds Sunday after bowl game checks meant to help with living expenses were withheld. Some players did not receive checks for failing to attend what they called voluntary workouts during finals week, according to one parent who asked not to be identified because it could affect his son. The workouts were mandatory, plus those players had not turned in their academic exit forms for the quarter, said UCLA spokesman Nick Ammazzalorso, who added that players were told that the checks would be withheld.
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December 14, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Jim L. Mora , hired as UCLA's coach Friday, is quickly assembling his staff. Arizona State's Noel Mazzone will be the Bruins' offensive coordinator, Southern Methodist's Adrian Klemm the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator, Washington assistant Demetrice Martin will coach the defensive backs and Arizona State assistant Steve Broussard will work with the receivers. Martin and Broussard had already reached out to UCLA players. "It got a little different yesterday," defensive back Randall Carroll said.
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December 12, 2011 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Some UCLA football players and members of the coaching staff were at odds Sunday after bowl game checks meant to help with living expenses were withheld. Some players did not receive checks for failing to attend what they called voluntary workouts during finals week, according to one parent who asked not to be identified because it could affect his son. The workouts were mandatory, plus those players had not turned in their academic exit forms for the quarter, said UCLA spokesman Nick Ammazzalorso, who added that players were told that the checks would be withheld.
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December 12, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA players won't have to go hungry before playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. UCLA officials relented Sunday evening after Bruins football players expressed anger over living expense checks being withheld from those who had not completed three workouts and turned in an academic exit form during finals week. But some players were clearly still puzzled by the situation Monday. "We've got bills and stuff and we didn't get it so everybody was upset," center Kai Maiava said.
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December 11, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA resumed football practice Sunday, with new Coach Jim L. Mora expected to be in Westwood on Monday. There were still things to settle. Mike Johnson, the Bruins' interim coach, has been contacted by Akron, his alma mater, about the Zips' head coaching position. Johnson said he also will meet with Mora about staying on. Jim Mastro, run-game coordinator, missed practice. He was in Pullman, Wash., preparing to join the Washington State staff. UCLA players, meanwhile, broke a sweat in the first day of preparation to play Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, knowing they had a successor for Rick Neuheisel, who was fired Nov. 28. "The last couple weeks have been weird," quarterback Kevin Prince said.
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November 23, 2011 | By Chris Foster
They all came to see Matt Barkley at Santa Ana Mater Dei. Andrew Abbott , his teammate, would see recruiters from big-time college programs every day during visit periods. Few gave the smallish defensive back/receiver much of a look. "None of them were interested in me," said Abbott, a junior cornerback at UCLA. "It was a little annoying they wouldn't talk to me when I knew I was good enough to play. " Abbott has proved that and will once again be on the field with his friend Barkley, USC's quarterback, Saturday at the Coliseum.
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November 22, 2011 | By Chris Foster
The most effective target in UCLA's passing game the last two weeks has been Joseph Fauria , the 6-foot-8 tight end. Quarterback Kevin Prince has 27 completions in those games, with nine going to Fauria. The combination hooked up twice for touchdowns against Colorado last Saturday — the first touchdown passes Prince has thrown to Fauria since they were teammates at Encino Crespi High. "We figured it out the other day, it was our junior year," said Fauria, whose six touchdown receptions are the most by a UCLA player since Marcedes Lewis in 2005.
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September 26, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Wide receiver Josh Smith showed once again that UCLA has playmakers. Smith hauled in a 62-yard reception on the Bruins' first touchdown drive against Oregon State on Saturday. He finished with two receptions for 76 yards. "I'm the most comfortable guy with the ball in my hands," Smith said. "I try to show the coaches that in practice. I try to let them know I have even more explosiveness in games. " Yet those were Smith's first two receptions of the season, an example of how the Bruins' "pistol" offense often holsters weapons.
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November 10, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Secondary issues cropped up for UCLA Thursday. Coach Rick Neuheisel confirmed Thursday that cornerback Aaron Hester was suspended for the first half against Utah Saturday. Hester missed practice Thursday because of a sprained ankle. Safety Tony Dye , on the other hand, looks ready to return after missing the last five weeks because of a neck injury. Hester was reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference for comments about referees after the Arizona State game last Saturday.
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November 9, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Aaron Hester crumpled to the ground midway through practice Wednesday after hurting his left ankle, but the UCLA cornerback's injury won't be the reason he doesn't play in the first half against Utah. After practice ended, cornerback Randall Carroll inadvertently told reporters inquiring about increased playing time after Hester's injury that Hester would be suspended for part of Saturday's game. "He wasn't going to get to play the first half, so I think it's going to stay the same," Carroll said of his playing time.
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