December 19, 2013 |
Those sticking to the numbers would not expect UCLA senior Cassius Marsh to be high on an NFL team's shopping list. His 6-foot-4 frame checks in around 260 pounds, far below the beef normally found on an NFL defensive line. Yet that smaller stature has helped him become a player likely to go mid-round in the spring. "What they are looking for are good football players, first and foremost," said UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos , who spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant.
February 7, 2014 |
UCLA basketball Coach Steve Alford saw the bad habit form in practice. "You'd get a good hour, then the next 20 minutes you'd see the intensity drop," Alford said. The players noticed things weren't right in recent games against California and Oregon, but the Bruins won anyway. "It started on the defensive end, then we had trouble scoring," said point guard Kyle Anderson. It took a free fall during the 71-67 loss to Oregon State on Sunday before there was full acknowledgment of a problem.
November 30, 2013 |
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.
December 2, 2013 |
Everybody in the Pac-12 Conference knew Myles Jack was double trouble. Now it's official. UCLA's star linebacker-turned-running-back has been chosen freshman defensive player of the year in the Pac-12. And also freshman offensive player of the year. Jack, who came to UCLA as a linebacker, doubled as a running back in the Bruins' last four games and ran for seven touchdowns and 267 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. On defense, he made 70 tackles. He clinched a 34-27 victory over Utah by intercepting a pass at the five-yard line with 16 seconds left.
November 19, 2013 |
UCLA tackle Torian White was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of felony sexual assault. UCLA police responded to a call from an apartment complex near the campus about 3 a.m., the school said in a news release. White, a redshirt sophomore from Inglewood, was arrested a short time later and booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Twin Towers correctional facility. As of late afternoon Tuesday, he was in custody without bail. No charges had been filed. White was scheduled to have a hearing Monday, but "we have asked for more investigation," said Jane Robinson, public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
March 22, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Florida is still out there. This is where a young man's mind could wander. UCLA players have been snared in this trap before. The fourth-seeded Bruins are so close to Memphis that they can almost smell the cheeseburgers cooking at Graceland. All that stands in their way of a shot at top-ranked Florida in the NCAA South Regional semifinals is little ol' Stephen F. Austin. The TSA at LAX seems more of a travel obstacle than SFA. The Bruins have 100 NCAA tournament victories.
November 28, 2013 |
Quarterback Brett Hundley's sophomore season at UCLA has been just that … a sophomore season. The "ooohs" and "aaahs" that followed his breakout freshman season have subsided a little. Hundley threw for a school record 3,740 yards in 2012 and his 29 touchdown passes were the second-most in UCLA history. Add to that 355 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and that word "Heisman" was being tossed around. That chatter has been muted for the moment. Hundley's numbers are similar to last season's with two games still to play - USC on Saturday and a bowl game.
January 18, 2014 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Steve Alford is unlikely to plan a Utah family vacation any time in the near future. The UCLA coach has not enjoyed his last two visits. His final game as New Mexico's coach was the third-seeded Lobos' loss to Harvard in Salt Lake City in the NCAA tournament last spring. His return as UCLA's coach was an oh-what-might-have-been moment: a 74-69 loss to Utah on Saturday. UCLA (14-4 overall, 3-2 in Pac-12 Conference play) was flat-footed at the start. By the time the No. 25 Bruins' effort arrived at the Huntsman Center, they were buried too deep.
November 21, 2013 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone saw Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley for the first time two years ago. Did he look like a future NFL quarterback? "Yes," Mazzone said Wednesday. "He had all the physical attributes. " Different time, different scene, different quarterback, different opinion: Mazzone had been Arizona State's coordinator in 2010 when he first sized up Taylor Kelly. Was Kelly an NFL possibility? "No," Mazzone said, smiling. "That's why I'm really proud of him. " UCLA and Arizona State play at the Rose Bowl on Saturday with a lot at stake, including first place in the Pac-12 Conference South Division.
January 17, 2014 |
SALT LAKE CITY - There are advantages to having a 6-foot-9 point guard such as Kyle Anderson . That was evident not so much in Anderson's play for UCLA on Thursday as it was in the performance of teammate guard Norman Powell . Powell, a 6-4 junior, matched his season high with 19 points in prodding the No. 25 Bruins to a 69-56 victory over No. 21 Colorado. Powell's play had roots in Anderson's presence. "What is happening is teams are trying to put big guards on Kyle," said Coach Steve Alford , whose team plays Utah on Saturday afternoon.