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February 28, 2009 | David Wharton
After facing what UCLA Coach Ben Howland described as a "barrage" of jump shots against Stanford two days ago, his team figures to see more of the same against California tonight in Berkeley. The Golden Bears feature two players -- Theo Robertson and Jerome Randle -- who rank among the best three-point shooters in the Pacific 10 Conference. Howland noted that Randle, in particular, has 27-foot range. "He makes some bombs," the coach said.
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February 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, a defensive end from Bellflower St. John Bosco High, has signed a letter of intent with UCLA. Tuioti-Mariner, who is 6 feet 3, 255 pounds, has the potential to be a quality pass rusher, scouts say. He had 12 sacks in helping St. John Bosco to a 16-0 record as a senior. Wisconsin was among the schools that had offered Tuioti-Mariner a scholarship. ALSO: Half of Russian citizens approve of country hosting the Olympics National signing day: Southern California players make final decisions Snowboarder Shaun White withdraws from slopestyle event at Olympics
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September 22, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Tony Dye sat outside the UCLA football team's locker room, his head resting against a wall while ice packs soothed his muscles. His body was winding down after a practice, but his mind was churning full speed. "This is going to be different this week, I promise you," said Dye, the Bruins' starting free safety and a team captain. "There will be big hits. There will be great tackles. " Dye never raised his voice but spoke with the intensity of a big-tent preacher. With UCLA preparing to face a downtrodden Oregon State team Saturday in Corvallis, it was clear he'd had enough of the way the Bruins — himself included — play defense.
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January 18, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has been hired as the linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans, the NFL team announced Saturday. Spanos spent the last two seasons at UCLA, where his solid defenses were led by aggressive linebackers such as Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt. The Bruins had 14 sacks in 2011. They had 47 in 2012, Spano's first season, and 32 sacks last season. Before coming to UCLA, Spanos spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant. UCLA Coach Jim Mora said he would not hire a new defensive coordinator until after college football signing day on Feb. 5. ALSO: Kobe Bryant creates stir when he visits college class Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to buy cars for training staff Dennis Rodman enters alcohol rehab facility, according to agent  
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September 28, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Courtney Viney, a seldom-used cornerback, had a pointed question for his UCLA teammates before last Saturday's football game at Texas. "He asked us, 'Who are you?' " senior defensive tackle David Carter said. "He said, 'Are we going to be a welcome mat people walk all over, or we going be a team that, when we go out, people are afraid of us?' " The answer came in a dominant 34-12 victory over a Longhorns team that had been ranked No. 7 in the nation. UCLA's defense, ground down by 313 yards rushing in a loss to Kansas State and mauled into submission in a rout by Stanford, left Austin smelling like a Texas rose.
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November 16, 1996 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocky Long is learning how the other half lives. Long, UCLA's defensive coordinator, spent five seasons at Oregon State, where opposing coaches would go away muttering--usually victorious, but still muttering--about teams that run oddball offenses with unusually talented players. Ten games against teams with look-alike, if not play-alike, offenses, but always there had to be another plan for Oregon State and its run-everywhere wishbone.
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September 20, 1992 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The obvious mistake was probably dismissed as a technical malfunction when the update flashed on college scoreboards Saturday. Brigham Young down, 10-0, at halftime? At home? Impossible, unless someone kidnaped the first unit. Turned out UCLA kidnaped the first unit. Thumbing their noses at history, the Bruins somehow shut down production at America's quarterback factory.
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November 2, 1997 | BILL PLASCHKE
Brian Willmer had another long day Saturday, opponents running into him at twice his size, teammates running past him at twice his speed. But it was nothing like his Wednesdays. "Now Wednesdays, those are tough," he said. That is the day this UCLA middle linebacker arrives on campus at 9 a.m., and doesn't leave until 10 p.m. For 13 hours, there are graduate studies, football practice, and more graduate studies. Crunch time is when he runs off the field just before 6 p.m.
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October 20, 2010 | By Chris Foster
UCLA might be able to keep the ball long enough on offense. The Bruins might even be able to score enough points to win most games. But to win its game Thursday night at Oregon, UCLA's defense can't let the Ducks match anywhere near their 54-points-per-game average. Keys for the Bruins: tackling and pace. "There is going to be a lot of one-on-one tackling," UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers said. "They try to put guys in space and make you miss. That's how they create big plays.
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October 24, 1992
UCLA scored three consecutive second-half goals to break up a scoreless tie and roll to a 3-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Pacific Division college soccer victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday at UCLA. Midfielder Paul Ratcliffe started the scoring seven minutes after halftime. Adam Frye and Robbie LaBelle assisted on the score. Phillip Button came off the bench to double UCLA's lead at the 74-minute mark and Joe Max Moore made it 3-0 at 88 minutes.
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November 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The best offense may be a good defense . . . or a good defensive player. It's working for UCLA anyway. Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is hardly shy about poaching from the UCLA defense. Linebacker Myles Jack and defensive end Cassius Marsh have scored touchdowns this season. Eddie Vanderdoes joined the touchdown club in Saturday in the Bruins' 35-14 victory over USC. Vanderdoes, a freshman defensive tackle, has been used in the Bruins' short-yardage package this season.
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November 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Ishmael Adams, the short guy with the don't-try-to-tread-on-me glare at cornerback for the UCLA defense, waits for the inevitable. Against Arizona State last Saturday he didn't wait long. On Arizona State's second possession, quarterback Taylor Kelly lofted a third-down pass to 6-foot-4 Jaelen Strong, who easily outjumped the 5-8 Adams. Only Adams wasn't done. As Strong descended, Adams raked the ball from his arms - and probably took a skin sample as well. "We just sit back there sharpening our swords," Adams said.
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA starts the week a little beat up. The Bruins have had few injuries through the first three games but returned from Utah on Thursday with a much more crowded training room. Defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy was added to the list. He missed practice Monday with an undisclosed injury. His availability for Saturday's game against California is unknown. McCarthy started at left defensive end the first four games.  He can also play nose tackle. If he is unable to play, first-year freshman Eddie Vanderdoes will likely start.
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August 29, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA received good news on the injury front, as nose tackle Eli Ankou is expected to miss only four weeks because of a knee injury. Ankou was injured during practice Monday. But an MRI revealed only minimal damage. He was scheduled to undergo minor surgery Thursday and should be back by October. Ankou, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound redshirt freshman, is expected to provide depth on the defensive front. ALSO: Watch two Marlins slide into third base at the same time Watch Braves infielder Elliot Johnson impersonate a NASCAR driver Watch a squirrel run on to the court and interrupt play at the U.S. Open
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August 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA defensive players head into Saturday's game against Nevada better prepared than most to face the pistol offense. The Bruins ran the offense in 2010 and 2011. It was not a success, but the adventure may now pay off. Members of the UCLA defensive unit have a working knowledge of the offense, having faced it in practice. "The pistol is a strange offense," defensive end Cassius Marsh said, adding, "It is definitely a familiar sight for us. " The background "will definitely help us recognize formations and blocking schemes.
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August 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Navy SEALS took UCLA's football team a couple of hundred yards offshore recently and dropped them in the water. If there was ever a moment for Bruins' defensive backs to ponder "sink or swim," this was it. UCLA has to replace four starters in the secondary this season. Keeping one's head above water would seem to be the first order of business. Yet the Bruins are talking about making a much bigger splash this season. "We have guys who have the mentality to be the best secondary in the nation," safety Anthony Jefferson said.
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November 25, 2007 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
It didn't matter that the game was safely in hand. Didn't matter that the other team was hobbled by injuries, relegated to its fourth-string quarterback. As the clock ticked down on UCLA's 16-0 victory over Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, the Bruins still had their starting defense on the field. Players still swarmed to the ball on running plays. Still pumped their fists with each Oregon pass that fell incomplete. After a long, tough season, the defense wanted a shutout.
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September 26, 1993 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The UCLA defense appeared ready to break out the champagne on Saturday after holding the Stanford Cardinal to 25 points, 346 total yards, an average of 6.1 yards per play and 19 first downs. Against Stanford, Coach Bill Walsh's latest offensive incarnation, the Bruins were thrilled to give up a mere 25 points. "It's one of the best offenses in the country," Bruin defensive lineman Matt Werner said afterward. In the winner's locker room, 25 looked good--"especially if you score 28," Werner said.
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August 12, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Another practice passed in which UCLA freshman defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes was limited to individual work on the side. Vanderdoes was expected to be a big contributor at left defensive end, where the Bruins have a serious need. But he has been unable to participate in team drills because a sore back. Vanderdoes underwent an X-ray on Sunday and Coach Jim Mora said, “We're waiting for them to read it.” He added, “Eddie felt a lot better today.” Mora said things are reaching a tipping point, with the season opener against Nevada less than three weeks away.
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