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May 14, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa could sit out the 2013 season after surgery on his right hip Tuesday. UCLA Coach Jim Mora feared he had lost the sophomore defensive lineman for the season, but doctors found that the damage wasn't as extensive as previously believed. Owamagbe had a frayed rotator cuff in his hip, and Mora was unsure of the timetable for his return. Odighizuwa, who will be a junior this fall, underwent surgery on his left hip during the off-season and did not participate in spring practice.
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February 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Kylie Fitts, a defensive end USC lost, has signed a letter of intent to play at UCLA. The Bruins also landed linebacker Deon Hollins Jr. and offensive lineman Kenny Lacy. Fitts is ranked ninth at his position by Rivals.com and 12thby Scout.com. He originally committed to USC, but announced Tuesday that he would go to UCLA. GRAPHIC: UCLA recruits Hollins, a linebacker from Missouri City (Tex.) Marshall High School, played on the defensive line, with his hand on the ground, in high school.
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December 20, 2012 | By Chris Foster
There was some disbelief last winter when first-year UCLA Coach Jim Mora installed Angus McClure as defensive line coach. McClure had spent most of his college career working with offensive linemen and tight ends. He had never coached defensive linemen on that level, and had spent three of his previous five years off the field, serving three years as the on-campus recruiting coordinator. At first glance, he didn't seem like a logical fit, and one of his first moves didn't do much to change that impression among players.
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November 5, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
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.
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October 10, 2012
UCLA's secondary went to single coverage Tuesday, three days after a 43-17 loss to California. It was rough night for Bruins defensive backs. Cornerback Sheldon Price was beaten deep by receiver Keenan Allen. Cornerback Aaron Hester nudged along two Cal scoring drives with penalties. Coach Jim Mora has preached accountability, but the only defensive back to address UCLA's pass coverage was senior safety Andrew Abbott, who said he would be speaking for the entire unit from now on. "That is just how it is in our secondary," Abbott said.
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October 6, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
There is truth in every cliche, so Saturday night's Pac-12 Conference football game between UCLA and California could very well be won in the trenches. The Bears (1-4 overall, 0-2 Pac-12) rank last in the nation in pass protection. Quarterback Zach Maynard may be better acquainted with opposing defenders than he is with his own offensive linemen, who are allowing five sacks per game. His meet-and-greet at Memorial Stadium on Saturday could well be UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.
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September 22, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes and Chris Foster
Oregon State 27, UCLA 20 (final) The Beavers were able to run out the clock, improving their record to 2-0 with the victory. They were the only team left in college football entering this weekend with only one game played. The Bruins have lost their first game in four outings this season. Oregon State 27, UCLA 20 (1:47 in the fourth quarter) The Bruins needed a touchdown. They had to settle for a field goal, a 35-yarder from Ka'imi Fairbairn. The kick was good, pulling UCLA to within a touchdown of Oregon State.
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September 6, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
This won't rank among firsts in history alongside Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, but this weekend's slate of college football games has produced the first 70-point spread in the history of Vegas. Florida State is favored by 70.5 points over Savannah State on Saturday. According to Vegas oddsmakers, we're attributing pregame.com here, that eclipses the 60-point spread Hawaii enjoyed over Northern Colorado in 2007. Just to note, if you took Northern Colorado in that game, you won as Hawaii's winning margin was "only" 57 (63-6)
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September 4, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA is up against a quarterback who threw for 354 yards and tossed five touchdown passes last week. And yet the Bruins' coach and players are worried about Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez's ability to run the ball. . "He's slippery," UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. "You've got to get a whole body on him. He's wiry and has really good feet. He can get himself out of harm's way quickly. " Martinez completed 26 of 34 passes in 16th-ranked Nebraska's 49-20 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
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