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August 29, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody warned quarterback Ryan Fien. Everybody told him: Royal High is not UCLA. The Marmonte League is not the Pacific 10. And sure, Fien was smart enough to know, deep down, that they were right. But when you come out of high school on top of the mountain, as Fien did, it's hard to believe you have to start all over again at the bottom of the depth chart. After all, he had a gun for an arm, a record book for a legacy and enough colleges on his trail to boost his confidence level sky high.
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May 4, 1997 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ryan Fien is just another new face at the Oakland Raiders' mini-camp this weekend. Just another free-agent quarterback scratching to make it in the National Football League. In the pros, the players are bigger and faster. The playbook reads "like a foreign language." Over the past few days, Fien has occasionally sidled up to veteran David Klingler to ask such rookie questions as, "What route was that again?" Yet the Simi Valley native insists that he feels, well, almost at home.
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May 4, 1997 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ryan Fien is just another new face at the Oakland Raiders' mini-camp this weekend. Just another free-agent quarterback scratching to make it in the National Football League. In the pros, the players are bigger and faster. The playbook reads "like a foreign language." Over the past few days, Fien has occasionally sidled up to veteran David Klingler to ask such rookie questions as, "What route was that again?" Yet the Simi Valley native insists that he feels, well, almost at home.
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October 16, 1996 | JEFF FLETCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ryan Fien can't keep a straight face as he details how perfectly his life seems to be going these days. His grin becomes a chuckle and Fien shakes his head, almost in disbelief. Hard to explain how quickly things have changed. Since pulling off a UCLA football uniform for the last time 10 months ago at the Aloha Bowl--ending what the quarterback described as the worst year in his life--Fien's football fortunes have taken a dramatic turn for the better.
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February 4, 1992 | JEFF RILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a discussion with UCLA quarterback Tommy Maddox, Ryan Fien of Royal High in Simi Valley said Monday he will recant an unwritten commitment he gave Texas and sign a letter of intent with the Bruins on Wednesday. Fien, the Southern Section Division II player of the year last season, gave Texas an unwritten commitment Jan. 20, but regained interest in UCLA after Maddox said Friday he will make himself available for this year's NFL draft.
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September 27, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Tailback Skip Hicks, trying to come back from a serious knee injury, still may apply for a redshirt season, according to Coach Terry Donahue. "I think he'll give it one more week and make a decision after the [Fresno State] game," Donahue said. Hicks, a junior, returned to the lineup against Oregon on Sept. 16 and ran 52 yards for a touchdown on his first carry, but he rushed for minus-six yards in four carries against Washington State. For the season, Hicks has gained 48 yards in six carries.
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August 21, 1994 | JIM HODGES
Eighty plays were scheduled Saturday, with full contact and officials--everything UCLA needed to get an idea of how ready it is to play Tennessee in two weeks. The answer is: not all that ready, because the 80 were marked down to 77--or 16, depending on who is counting. The first 61 plays did not finish in a tackle, the better to keep Bruins free of injury. The other 16 were run with third- or fourth-stringers.
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August 16, 1995 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't blame UCLA quarterback Ryan Fien for being a little fidgety. A junior from Simi Valley, Fien, 21, has started one game in three seasons at UCLA. Needless to say, Fien feels ready to assume a starting role for UCLA's opening game against Miami on Sept. 2 at the Rose Bowl. "This is something I think about every day," Fien said. "I talk about it every day with my receivers. I talk about it with my parents all the time. In a way, I'm just sick of waiting. "I'm sick of working out everyday.
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September 5, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was truly a night to remember, a moment to savor--his first game as UCLA's starting quarterback. Ryan Fien, a junior, had such a moment Saturday night after waiting three years to get the job. But he has little to savor, practically nothing to remember. A concussion Fien received in the second quarter of Saturday night's opener against Miami at the Rose Bowl made the rest of the game a blur.
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October 16, 1996 | JEFF FLETCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ryan Fien can't keep a straight face as he details how perfectly his life seems to be going these days. His grin becomes a chuckle and Fien shakes his head, almost in disbelief. Hard to explain how quickly things have changed. Since pulling off a UCLA football uniform for the last time 10 months ago at the Aloha Bowl--ending what the quarterback described as the worst year in his life--Fien's football fortunes have taken a dramatic turn for the better.
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October 17, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA Coach Terry Donahue announced Monday that despite quarterback Cade McNown's shaky performance against the Arizona Wildcats, the freshman will start Saturday's game against Stanford. And don't expect any protest from Ryan Fien, UCLA's starting quarterback when the season began. If Fien, a junior, has learned anything in this most frustrating of seasons for him, it is that keeping his mouth shut is the best way to keep his options open. "It's tough being a backup," he said.
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September 27, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Tailback Skip Hicks, trying to come back from a serious knee injury, still may apply for a redshirt season, according to Coach Terry Donahue. "I think he'll give it one more week and make a decision after the [Fresno State] game," Donahue said. Hicks, a junior, returned to the lineup against Oregon on Sept. 16 and ran 52 yards for a touchdown on his first carry, but he rushed for minus-six yards in four carries against Washington State. For the season, Hicks has gained 48 yards in six carries.
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September 5, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was truly a night to remember, a moment to savor--his first game as UCLA's starting quarterback. Ryan Fien, a junior, had such a moment Saturday night after waiting three years to get the job. But he has little to savor, practically nothing to remember. A concussion Fien received in the second quarter of Saturday night's opener against Miami at the Rose Bowl made the rest of the game a blur.
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August 29, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody warned quarterback Ryan Fien. Everybody told him: Royal High is not UCLA. The Marmonte League is not the Pacific 10. And sure, Fien was smart enough to know, deep down, that they were right. But when you come out of high school on top of the mountain, as Fien did, it's hard to believe you have to start all over again at the bottom of the depth chart. After all, he had a gun for an arm, a record book for a legacy and enough colleges on his trail to boost his confidence level sky high.
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August 16, 1995 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't blame UCLA quarterback Ryan Fien for being a little fidgety. A junior from Simi Valley, Fien, 21, has started one game in three seasons at UCLA. Needless to say, Fien feels ready to assume a starting role for UCLA's opening game against Miami on Sept. 2 at the Rose Bowl. "This is something I think about every day," Fien said. "I talk about it every day with my receivers. I talk about it with my parents all the time. In a way, I'm just sick of waiting. "I'm sick of working out everyday.
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August 21, 1994 | JIM HODGES
Eighty plays were scheduled Saturday, with full contact and officials--everything UCLA needed to get an idea of how ready it is to play Tennessee in two weeks. The answer is: not all that ready, because the 80 were marked down to 77--or 16, depending on who is counting. The first 61 plays did not finish in a tackle, the better to keep Bruins free of injury. The other 16 were run with third- or fourth-stringers.
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October 17, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA Coach Terry Donahue announced Monday that despite quarterback Cade McNown's shaky performance against the Arizona Wildcats, the freshman will start Saturday's game against Stanford. And don't expect any protest from Ryan Fien, UCLA's starting quarterback when the season began. If Fien, a junior, has learned anything in this most frustrating of seasons for him, it is that keeping his mouth shut is the best way to keep his options open. "It's tough being a backup," he said.
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August 28, 1993 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wayne Cook and Ryan Fien are native Southern Californians. Rob Walker is a Texan and proud of it. Cook and Walker are the sons of coaches. Fien's father, Hank, is chief engineer at a hospital. Cook is a 22-year-old junior, Walker and Fien sophomores. Fien and Cook thrive on the long pass, Walker on ball control. Their paths have converged at UCLA, where each wants to be the starting quarterback. Each started last season, two of them when his predecessor was injured.
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