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UCLA linebacker Josh Woods is lost for season with a knee injury

It was a little more than a week ago that UCLA senior linebacker Josh Woods contemplated his return to the practice field after missing nearly half of last season and most of spring practice with a shoulder injury. “I’m so excited just to be in a white jersey, just to be out there competing,” Woods...
Aug 18, 2018

UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson may have the edge for starting quarterback, but he still faces stiff competition

Dorian Thompson-Robinson might have one major ally in his quest to become UCLA’s second true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback: the user-friendly offense his team is running. “The spread offense is easier to teach than a lot of other offenses for the quarterback because it’s a lot...
Aug 17, 2018

Chip Kelly, UCLA's offensive-minded coach, will rely heavily on the Bruins' defense

Whether his Oregon defense had forced a turnover or given up a touchdown, held firm on third down or yielded a long run, Nick Aliotti came to appreciate the predictable silence from one familiar voice. It belonged to his boss, Chip Kelly. “He never once said a word on the headset during a game,”...
Aug 16, 2018

Tight end position is suddenly one of the deepest for UCLA

Tight end is no longer an afterthought at UCLA, the domain of players converted from other positions. It might now comprise the deepest pool of talent on the Bruins’ offense. Perhaps that’s why tight end won’t necessarily be a one-man operation on any given play under coach Chip Kelly. Tight end...
Aug 15, 2018

Mercy! UCLA's nonconference basketball schedule features a heavy religious bent

UCLA's men’s basketball schedule should provide more than a prayer for early season success. The Bruins will play six schools with religious affiliations as part of the nonconference schedule released Wednesday, with only one — Notre Dame — hailing from a major conference. The Bruins will also...
Aug 15, 2018

UCLA is changing its scheme and — it hopes — its attitude on defense

Marcus Moore tried to pack on extra pounds to play in UCLA’s new 3-4 defensive alignment, which requires the linemen to take up more space while guarding a larger swath of territory. While his weight fluctuated, he discovered that getting wider wasn’t as important as being nastier. “What really...
Aug 15, 2018

Two former UCLA basketball stars die tragically, leaving questions behind

Billy Knight seemed quieter than usual the last time he spoke with his younger brother Eric. They discussed the NBA’s summer league and players they thought might emerge as budding stars. It was an attempt to lighten the mood and steer clear of the grim reality facing Billy, a former UCLA basketball...
Aug 14, 2018

In this case, Bruins want to actually snap

Nearly two weeks into training camp, UCLA’s struggles don’t so much involve learning the nuances of a complex offense as they do mastering one of the most fundamental motions in football. Hut, hut, yikes? “We’re having trouble snapping right now,” guard Michael Alves said Tuesday. “We just, we’re...
Aug 14, 2018

Red Sanders' impact on UCLA football has lasted well past his death, 60 years ago Tuesday

The darkest day in UCLA football history started with a coaches’ luncheon on campus. While Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Oklahoma’s Bud Wilkinson and other top college coaches assembled in Chicago for a yearly all-star game, Henry Russell “Red” Sanders stayed behind in Westwood. Sanders reasoned that...
Aug 13, 2018

By sending its linebackers downhill, UCLA is hoping for an uptick in performance

Anyone watching UCLA deploy its linebackers in what’s officially been dubbed a 3-4 defense might come away slightly confused. On any given play, it could more closely resemble a 5-2 or a 4-3, depending on how many linebackers are blitzing versus dropping back into pass coverage. “A lot of pressures...
Aug 11, 2018

UCLA might have a weapon that Chip Kelly didn't use much at Oregon

UCLA’s Stefan Flintoft wouldn’t mind becoming the invisible punter. “In a perfect world,” Flintoft said Saturday, “I would never see the field because that means we just outplayed the other team completely.” It’s been known to happen with coach Chip Kelly’s previous college teams. At their best,...
Aug 10, 2018

UCLA cornerback Darnay Holmes hopes to bolster Bruins' secondary with returning veterans

He’s going to get beat at times, Darnay Holmes knows. It’s OK. It happens. One bad play isn’t going to define him. As a freshman, the UCLA cornerback wasn’t always so forgiving of his own mistakes. It took a gruff voice to spark a softer approach. It belonged to new Bruins defensive coordinator...
Aug 9, 2018

UCLA freshman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson looks 'mature beyond his years'

Chip Kelly described UCLA’s early training camp practices as “chaos” because of the swarm of true freshmen just starting to learn the coach’s hyperactive style. Not all of the newcomers seemed lost. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has already won praise for his quick mastery of the Bruins...
Aug 8, 2018

UCLA coach Chip Kelly wants running backs to make life uncomfortable for opponents

Chip Kelly went wild with his latest slogan. The UCLA football coach told his players he wanted them to be jungle tigers, not zoo tigers, the implication being that he wanted to fully unleash them with an aggressive mindset. “You’ve got to get out of your comfort zone,” running back Bolu Olorunfunmi...
Aug 8, 2018

UCLA broadcaster Josh Lewin set to launch mental health website in wake of recent suicides

The recent suicides of former UCLA basketball players Tyler Honeycutt and Billy Knight have prompted Bruins radio broadcaster Josh Lewin to launch a website to help people suffering from anxiety and depression. The site okaytogether.com, set to launch Thursday morning, is intended to provide a...

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