August 13, 2009 |
Glenn Love practiced yoga. Tony Dye decided to get physical. Both UCLA players are well aware of what they have needed to do to challenge for the strong safety position. This is the only spot on the defense that appears to be wide open, with the competition expected to go well into camp. Love, a redshirt sophomore, has had his time limited the first two seasons because of hip and shoulder surgeries. Dye, a true sophomore, spent last season as the team's nickel back.
September 2, 2008 |
The image was poignant. There was UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft, surrounded by the media, talking about remaining calm. There, on the Rose Bowl's giant video screen, was Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel being anything but sedate, whipping fans into a frenzy. The reason for both photo ops could be seen in the faces of the Tennessee players as the 18th-ranked Volunteers trudged off the field following UCLA's 27-24 victory in overtime. "Look at Coach Neuheisel," Craft said. "He's driving them nuts."
August 10, 2009 |
As UCLA's football team opens official practice today in preparation for its Sept. 5 opener against San Diego State at the Rose Bowl, here's a look at the positions where there is the most -- and least -- competition for playing time: Jobs open Offensive line: The only thing more in need of reshaping is the U.S. auto industry. Center Kai Maiava has a role. Everyone else has to audition -- with good reason. Last season, the Bruins couldn't run block or pass block. Runners averaged 2.6 yards a carry, and quarterbacks were sacked 35 times.
September 5, 2008 |
The first issue about UCLA's paper-thin depth has been presented to Bruins coaches, who are trying to plug the hole created by the injury to tight end Logan Paulsen. Paulsen, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior, suffered a fractured right foot while making a catch on the Bruins' first offensive series against Tennessee. He is expected to be out at least eight weeks, and might sit out the rest of the season. It leaves the Bruins crunching numbers at tight end. Ryan Moya, who plays the Bruins F back -- a receiver/blocker who is moved around -- and true freshman Cory Harkey will now try to fill that void.
August 7, 2007 |
All the pressing questions about UCLA's football team are about the offense. Mostly, whether the Bruins would do things differently from last season, when they appeared to use a run-and-shoot-run-again offense. That seems to be changing, judging from spring practice and the first day of training camp Monday. UCLA fans had to rub their eyes and hope it wasn't a mirage: Bruins receivers went up field and got the ball.
November 17, 2006 |
Junior Chris Joseph and sophomore Kenneth Lombard led a group of eight UCLA players selected to the 2006 Pacific 10 Conference All-Academic football team. USC had a second-team selection in linebacker Clay Matthews. Joseph, a starting offensive guard, and Lombard, a reserve defensive lineman, were named to the first team for the Bruins, who had six players earn second-team and honorable mention honors.