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What Should Bruin Fans Expect From UCLA Football in 2015?

Today, we kick off the start of our Fall Football Preview by looking at what our expectations should be for the 2015 season. Specifically, we answer the question "Does having a new QB mean that Bruin fans should lower their expectations?" Last year, there was a lot of hype surrounding UCLA Football. Brett Hundley was on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice before the season even started. Everyone seemed to think that last year could be "the year" that UCLA broke its national championship drought in football. Well, we all know how that turned out. A tough loss to Utah at home without...
Bruins Nation Jul 26, 2015

Bruins Nation Quiz #4 - Who Said It?

Can you identify the source of some well-known and not-so-well-known quotes from UCLA athletes, coaches and administrators? "Never mistake activity for achievement." - John Wooden "Be quick, but don't hurry." - John Wooden Most of us know at least a few Woodenisms and are readily able to identify many more when we came across them. This is one of the first that I learned, and it remains a favorite: "Be true to yourself.Make each day your masterpiece.Help others.Drink deeply from good books.Make friendship a fine art.Build a shelter against a rainy day.Pray for guidance and give thanks...
Bruins Nation Jul 25, 2015

What Would You Ask UCLA Coach Jim Mora?

If you could ask Coach Mora a question at Pac-12 Media Days, what would it be? We've all thought it. "If we could just ask that person a question, I would ask him about..." Some of you may have a question you wish they could ask Coach Mora. Others may want to ask Seven-Win Sark something. Or, maybe you would want to ask Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott a question about the progress of getting Pac-12 Networks on DirecTV. Maybe you want to know if the officiating will be better. Or, perhaps, you have a burning desire to ask Wazzou Coach Mike Leach about pirates or Geronimo. Well, on Thursday...
Bruins Nation Jul 24, 2015

UCLA Baseball Bruin Bites: Mid-Summer Iteration

Catching up with UCLA Baseball. Welcome to Bruins Nation’s July, 2015, Bruins Baseball Bites! It has been almost two months since UCLA ended their season in unfortunate fashion against the Maryland Terrapins in the Los Angeles Regional. Here is a post-mortem on the season, a recap of some of the news since that time involving UCLA Baseball, including players who left the program and players who committed but will not be coming to the program, and a recap of Gerritt Cole’s performance in the MLB All-Star Game. 2015 Season Post-Mortem No doubt about it, the Maryland loss(es) stung. It...
Bruins Nation Jul 24, 2015

BOOM! 4* ATH Rahyme Johnson Commits To UCLA

He becomes the first player to commit as part of UCLA's 2017 Recruiting Class. Rahyme Johnson, a 2017 ATH from Salesian HS in Los Angeles, committed to UCLA this morning. The announcement came via Twitter. Because Rahyme's Twitter account is private, we are unable to embed the tweet of his announcement. Rahyme is 6' 4" tall. He weighs 190 lbs. and 247sports lists him as a composite 4-star Athlete. In his first two years in high school, he has played WR and CB. Hudl has his entire 2014 highlight film, along with his midseason highlights and highlights from specific games. Here are his...
Bruins Nation Jul 23, 2015

UCLA Basketball Turned to Unheralded Freshman GG, Good or Ghastly?

The sixth part of an eight part series reviewing the players Gyorgy "GG" Goloman was the most pleasant surprise of the 2014-15 UCLA basketball season.  Before the season the questions on GG were more like: Is GG for the men's or women's team? He's there to help with practice right?  Will he redshirt?, etc.  GG was the odd man out buried in the depth chart as the third string center and power forward. However, GG turned out to be the smartest player on the team last season.  A highlight of Kevon Looney shows GG's smarts and why he earned his minutes.  On this clip go to the 2:50 mark. ...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2015

BOOM! UCLA Lands 3* TE Jordan Wilson

The Bruins pick up a commitment from a 2016 TE from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. Jordan Wilson, a 3* TE from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN, has committed to play for UCLA. UCLA made him a scholarship offer during his visit to campus last week and Wilson didn't allow too much time to go by before committing to play for the Bruins. Hudl lists Wilson at 6'5" and 215 lbs. 247Sports.com says he isn't a traditional tight end because of his 7-foot wingspan. His size makes him an ideal Y Receiver in the Bruins' offense. He explained his anticipated role like this: I'm playing...
Bruins Nation Jul 21, 2015

Bruin Bites: UCLA Football's Kendricks and Owa Set to Make Their Marks in the NFL

With football just around the corner, we take a look at how our newest Bruins in the NFL are doing. While we wait for the Bruins to begin training camp in San Bernardino on August 10th, it seems like a good time to take a look at what is happening with some Bruins in the NFL. This season it looks like two of our newest graduates, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Eric Kendricksmay get significant playing time this upcoming season. #EmbraceTheGrind #Settle4Elite pic.twitter.com/COTtHOflYv— owamagbe odighizuwa (@LPJ_Odighizuwa) July 6, 2015 247 Sports writes that Owamagbe Odighizuwa can be one of...
Bruins Nation Jul 20, 2015

The UCLA Rule and UCLA in College Basketball

UCLA got lucky in 2015 but it did not the previous three NCAA trips UCLA's  "undeserved entry" and "lucky tournament" run has caused the NCAA to change its seeding rules.  As Yahoo's Dagger writes (emphasis added): The first change ensures that the last four at-large teams voted into the 68-team tournament field no longer automatically are sent to the First Four. Now the selection committee has the freedom to elevate one or more into the main draw if the ensuing seed scrubbing process reveals they a stronger resume than a team initially voted in ahead of them. This change should be known...
Bruins Nation Jul 20, 2015

Could College Sports Be Returning To Video Games Soon?

Conflicting information may point to the return of college basketball to video games. One of the side effects of the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA was the EA Sports cancelled its NCAA Football series. It had previously cancelled its NCAA Basketball series back in 2010 due to low sales. Well, SB Nation sister site Polygon is reporting that college basketball may soon be returning to a gaming console near you. This morning, Polygon reported that 11 universities including UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, Villanova and...
Bruins Nation Jul 20, 2015

UCLA Basketball Dominates NBA Summer League

Three former Bruins make the NBA's All Summer League Team, led by Kyle Anderson MVP Kyle Anderson was named NBA Summer league MVP and Norman Powell was named first team.  Actually, second team contained Larry Drew II.  In a sense the UCLA MVP of the last three years in basketball (NP4 14-15, Kyle Anderson 13-14, and Larry Drew II 12-13) were all dominate summer league players. While dominating the summer league is sort of like dominating AAA baseball, it is still a great step for the players and nice for the proram. In my opinion the circumstances for all three players could not be more...
Bruins Nation Jul 19, 2015

Bruins Nation Quiz #3 - UCLA Olympians Edition

Test your knowledge of the Bruins who have competed in the Olympic Games. I don't know if it's a curse or a blessing, but I'm a numbers person. I've spent 20+ years mentally accumulating all sorts of relatively useless statistical data. For example, I can tell you that Willie McCovey hit 521 home runs in his career, which ties him on the all-time home run list with Ted Williams and Frank Thomas. That total puts McCovey 13 home runs behind Jimmy Foxx and 15 homers behind Mickey Mantle. My ability to remember trivia may make me moderately useful at pub quizzes, but it also undoubtedly makes...
Bruins Nation Jul 17, 2015

UCLA's Perkins & Jack Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List

The final preseason watch list is announced and two Bruins are on it. UCLA's Paul Perkins and Myles Jack were both named to the Walter Camp Award Watch List today. The Walter Camp Award Watch List is the final preseason watch list to be announced. Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football...
Bruins Nation Jul 16, 2015

UCLA RB Paul Perkins Named To Doak Walker Award Watch List

The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to the nation's best running back. Bruin Running Back Paul Perkins was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List this morning by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum.  The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists on November 18, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on November 24. The committee will cast a second vote beginning November 30 to determine the...
Bruins Nation Jul 15, 2015

UCLA Football's Jordan Payton & Jake Brendel Earn More Preseason Honors

Payton is named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List while Brendel has been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. Two more watch lists were released this morning and each list contained one UCLA Bruin. The Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football and is presented by the Talahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, named Bruin WR Jordan Payton to its preseason watch list. Meanwhile, the All Sports Association which presents the Wuerffel Trophy, which is known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service," named UCLA C Jake Brendel to its...
Bruins Nation Jul 15, 2015

UCLA Basketball's Isaac Hamilton is a Hard Man to Figure Out

Number 5 in a series reviewing the eight players of last season UCLA's WTH basketball player for 2014-15 was Isaac Hamilton. Is he the scorer who torched just SC for 36 points? Or is he the guy who went 0-10 at Oregon State? Is he a good passer, such as he was at home with 21 assists during a three game home stand in the PAC 12? Or is he the guy who turned the ball over 7 times against North Carolina and Alabama? Is he the guy who had two good defensive games and help limit Stanford's very good Chasson Randle to 15-38 and 3 assists and 3 turnovers? Or is he the defender who let Devonte Lacy...
Bruins Nation Jul 14, 2015

New UCLA Football & Basketball Centers Will Break Ground August 27

The Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center will begin contstruction at the end of August. UCLA Athletics announced this morning that there will be a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center on Thursday, August 27th. The ceremonial shovel-turning on Aug. 27, featuring Athletics Director Dan Guerrero, benefactors Casey Wasserman and Mo Ostin, head football coach Jim Mora, head men’s basketball coach Steve Alford, head women’s basketball coach Cori Close and other special guests, will take place just west of Spaulding...
Bruins Nation Jul 13, 2015

Vote! Select the Aluminum Bat Era UCLA Baseball All-Star Team

Who are the best players to represent the four letters on the diamond during the past 40 years? On the eve of the 2015 Major League All-Star Game, it's a good time to look back at the many tremendously talented student-athletes who represented the four letters on the diamond before moving on to play professional baseball. From Jackie Robinson to Gerrit Cole, UCLA has produced dozens of outstanding major leaguers. In fact, some of those players have earned places in the midsummer classic--this year, former UCLA baseball standouts Gerrit Cole and Brandon Crawford have been selected to play in...
Bruins Nation Jul 13, 2015

UCLA Football's Ishmael Adams & Fabian Moreau Named To Thorpe Award Watch List

The Jim Thorpe Award is presented annually to the best defensive back in college football. Ishmael Adams and Fabian Moreau have been named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list The Jim Thorpe Award 2015 watch list announced today includes 42 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing eleven conferences. The Jim Thorpe Award honors the best defensive back in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out...
Bruins Nation Jul 12, 2015

Be Heard On Bruins Nation: How To Use FanPosts and FanShots

Find out how you can get published and read on Bruins Nation! So, you've been reading Bruins Nation every day for a while now. Or, maybe you just found the site after our new football uniforms were introduced a few days ago. Maybe you comment on every article you read or, perhaps, you've never commented on one. Hopefully, you've been coming back because we here at Bruins Nation do our best to offer the best coverage of the Bruins on the internet. And, while we scour the net for all the news related to UCLA athletics and other topics related to UCLA, there just aren't enough hours in the day...

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