December 23, 1997 |
Washington State looked good in practice against Michigan, or that's what anyone might have thought after seeing the Cougars at the Coliseum on Monday. Washington State's scout team masqueraded as the Wolverines, dressed in navy blue jerseys, gold numbers and striped helmets. Where did Washington State find such elaborate costumes? Before every season, equipment manager Wendell Neal orders jerseys that resemble each of the Cougars' opponents.
November 29, 1996 |
It's a Sunday in November, yet the optimism of spring rings across the Cal State Northridge baseball diamond. The field is crawling with top high school players. A game is in progress, there is a waiting line at the batting cage, and both bullpens resound with the crack of balls hitting catcher's gloves. Coaches yell instructions, major league scouts point radar guns and college recruiters scribble in notepads.
November 5, 2012 |
In practices leading to Saturday night's game against Arizona at the Rose Bowl, UCLA's offensive scout team ran at a pace that its first-team defense thought was impossible. "It was a speed I've never seen," said defensive end Cassius Marsh. "The pace was unreal," said defensive back Sheldon Price. "Chaotic," said linebacker Eric Kendricks. The scout team performed so fast, in fact, that when UCLA faced Arizona and its high-powered, up-tempo offense, the Wildcats . . . started . . . to . . . look . . . slow.
April 26, 2012 |
UCLA was working on goal-line plays during practice Thursday when, suddenly, the wrong guy was in the backfield. Nose tackle Brandon Willis shed a block, then wrapped up running back Johnathan Franklin as he got the handoff. "He's an anvil, he's a piece of metal in there," defensive line coach Angus McClure said. "He's hard to move. " Willis is done moving. He crisscrossed the nation three times the last two years, from North Carolina to UCLA and UCLA to North Carolina.
November 15, 2012 |
Jerry Barkley walked onto UCLA's practice field Wednesday and went to work. Facing the Bruins defense, Barkley threw those quick slants he's famous for, plus a few out patterns, and even lofted a couple of deep passes. When practice was over, Barkley walked off the field and was Jerry Neuheisel again. Someday, Neuheisel may get to show UCLA fans what kind of quarterback he is. For now, the freshman plays like someone else each week as a member of the Bruins scout team. This week, that person is USC's Matt Barkley.
December 10, 1993 |
Another Friday night and Omarr Morgan was sitting in the stands watching the Hawthorne High football team defeat an opponent he had helped prepare the Cougars for. This was the scene for much of last season. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Morgan was, according to Cougar Coach Dan Robbins, one of the best players the Hawthorne starters faced each week.