YGQ, IGA – Part 1

You’ve got questions…

I’ve got answers…

Part 1:

1) What will happen to the RB depth chart when Ramirez comes back healthy?

I would be surprised if Franklin didn’t keep the starting job, or at least get the lion’s share of the carries. C-Ram is the team’s best blocking and receiving tailback, though, and that means a lot – A LOT – to Norm Chow. It’s why he got the job in the first place. I can imagine something like a 15-8-5 split with Franklin, C-Ram and Coleman.

2) How do you see the rest of our PAC-10 games W-L vs each team?

I see them winning at Stanford, losing to Oregon and Cal, winning at Arizona, losing at OSU, losing to Washington, beating Washington State, losing to Arizona St. and USC. They finish with a 6-6 record and a bowl game, probably the Poinsettia Bowl.

3) Are any incoming O-Line or WR recruits worried about our quality of young and talented Freshman and Redshirt Freshman depth and using that against UCLA?

I don’t think O-Line recruits have that in mind too much, as there is still a lot of competition going on. Plus, with the performance of Su’a-Filo, it’s quite clear that Palcic and Neuheisel will start a guy early if he warrants it.

4) Chow is quoted as saying if Prince is ready and released to play for Oregon, he will be playing. “He is the starter.” In your opinion, is that because Norm likes to stick with one QB or because Prince is really heads-and-shoulders above the rest right now?

Physically, Prince might be a hair behind Brehaut and mentally he might be a hair behind Craft, but I think Chow believes he is the best combination of brains and talent. I can’t fathom benching Prince after a win at Tennessee.

5) If Nick Ektabani gets a starting guard spot, who does he replace? Is he L or R side usually?

He played right tackle and right guard last year, and if he gets a starting job, I’d assume he gets in there for Eddie Williams. This is a big week for the UCLA offensive line, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a rotation.

6) Any inside info on the Hasiak situation? (Other than Neuheisel wanted to ‘slow him down.’ Have you noticed any stuff with the Defense after plays in practice?

Hasiak has called himself a “dirty player,” and as a former offensive lineman, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Every offensive lineman holds and pokes and grabs, the good ones just get away with it. I did not. Which is why I’m writing about UCLA instead of playing for them. There have been scuffles with a number of players, including a rather heated “discussion” between Reggie Carter and Hasiak. Gotta respect a freshman for sticking up for himself, though.

7) Why did Craft get the starting job over Brehaut? Was there a conflict in preference between Chow/Neuheisel? Any chance Brehaut starts/gets PT at Stanford?

Craft got the starting nod because he knows the offense, but more because Brehaut simply doesn’t. That is not an indication of Brehaut’s talent or brains; he is a true freshman behind a young offensive line, and it makes no sense to start him under less-than-ideal circumstances. For every Tate Forcier or Matt Barkley, there is a freshman QB who struggles mightily. Why do that? Also, regarding conflict, let’s just say Chow and Neuheisel are strong personalities with strong opinions.

8) Will the suspended 4 footballers return by the Stanford game? What were they suspended for?

Yes, they will return for Stanford. Their suspensions have been held tightly under wraps.

9) There have been internet rumblings about alleged tension between Neuheisel and Chow. What are your impressions of their relationship and how they get along?

Like I said earlier, they are strong, strong personalities. If there is a conflict, it has not been readily apparent.

10) What’s the status on whether Prince and/or Sua’Filo will take their LDS missions and when?

Both have said publicly that they would postpone their missions depending on how this year shakes out. Su’A-Filo, I just can’t imagine him giving up a possible NFL career that has started so early. I am not LDS, and I don’t want to speak on his convictions. I can say that if Ben Olson got the starting gig at BYU as a frosh, he would not have gone on his mission.

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  • lbcbruin

    Not bad Gold, not bad at all. Keep up the good work.

    lbcbruin

  • oooooooyea

    Yuck, so we go 3-6 the rest of the way?! I hope 5 losses at WORST, otherwise there be some ‘splainin to do…

  • TruBruin

    Wow, you see us finishing the season 2-6 after a 4-0 start? I like us over Oregon at the RB and although Cal is tough we play well against them at the RB (Unbelievably Dorrell never lost to Cal at the RB)
    I gotta believe we are going to have another win or two at the RB this year. Hard to see us going 2-4 at home this year!

  • Anonymous

    No way are we losing to Washington at home. Their win against $C notwithstanding, they are not a good team. Plus, we play at home.

  • Anonymous

    You really see us losing to Arizona St??? If Craft hadn’t single-handedly thrown 3 of THEIR touchdowns last year, we would have likely won the game. It was really comical last year. This year we’re at home and hell-bent on revenge against a team who, IMO, will not make a bowl this year.

    I honestly think this upcoming game against Stanford will dictate whether we go 6-6 or 7-5. As for everything else, I’d have to agree. Our best imaginable scenario would be to also win against Washington at home, but we’ll see about that.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/fantasy Jon Gold

    Sorry, that’s Ben Olson. Fixed.

  • AnOn

    Who is Ben?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand UCLA’s fan thought process that Washington is not a good team. Forget about last year. This year they had an unbelievable win against USC and almost beat a good LSU team. Why is it hard to believe that UCLA can lose to them? 0-12 is last year. I think UCLA goes 7-5, and yes, that includes a loss to Washington.

  • Mike H class of 90

    6-6, 7-5 sounds about right to me. We are 3-0 but have to remember that we are 3-0 against some pretty bad teams and didn’t exactly blow any of them away. More than likely we will be good enough defensively to win one of the games that Jon has us losing but bad enough offensively to lose one of the games he has in the win column.

  • Anonymous

    agree with your picks accept Oregon and Washington. I don’t think we are going to lose two games against flawed teams at home. I think we beat one of them, and maybe both, so I put the over under at this part of the season at 7.5 wins.

    are you also drinking the Barkley kool aid? Guy completed less than 50% of his passes, had zero tds and 1 interception against OSU. The running game was the entire offense. He had some nice throughs, but I don’t see why anyone thinks this makes him a wonderkid.

  • CAJason80

    Wow, that’s a pretty pessimistic view of the rest of the season. I have a hard time seeing us lose to either ASU or UDub – both games are at home, and neither of those teams are particularly solid.

    With the win at UT, looking at 8-4 isn’t really a reach at this point. I look at all the games remaining on the schedule, and I can’t say *anything* is a guaranteed loss. I’d say Cal, but Cal hasn’t won at UCLA in 10 years, and we have them at home. If I pick, we lose to U$C, Cal, Oregon, and Oregon State. Say we manage to pick off one of those games and drop one of the lower-tier Pac-10 games (entirely plausible) – that still puts us at 8-4.

  • Anonymous

    I just hope Neuheisel and Chow keep things respectful, and not let it get to the point where Carroll and Chow ended up. I had worries about this from the beginning.

    also, as a Bruin fan and a 3-0 record, I’m still hoping for an undefeated season! let’s shock the world! until we suffer a loss, that is what I’m hoping for.

  • Anonymous

    I think CAjason80 has it right. Every game from here on out is winnable. All of the more talented teams (except for SUC) we are playing in the PAC10 are at home and that’s huge. I wouldn’t like our chances if we had to play at Autzen stadium or even at Cal but both of those are at home. I still think we will go 8-4.

  • bruinbiochem06

    What happened to Neuheisel telling Norm Chow this was “his” offense?! I wasn’t aware there was tension between them, but I can tell you I was relieved while watching the Kansas St game that 1. we only played one qarter back. and 2. that it was Kevin Craft. That is what Norm Chow wanted. Neuheisel has got to keep it cool…
    BTW, Great job Jon, I’m plesantly surprised with the great job you’re doing with the Q and A!

  • BruinFaithful

    WOW!!!! Horrible assessment Jon. You really think we go 3-6 the rest of the way and go 6-6? No freaken way. I think 8-4 or 9-3 is very doable, with anything less than 7-5 being a HUGE disappointment. 8-4 means we go 5-4 the rest of the way with most of our tought games at home.

    In college football, the home team has a decided advantage. NOBODY in the Pac-10 has had a big road win yet. UCLA at Tennessee and SUC at Ohio State, are probably the biggest so far and I don’t think OSU is that good this year. No way they are a top 10 team. They almost lost to NAvy at home for god sakes.

    How you win on the road tells what you’re made of, as ANYBODY can win at home. Most of our tough games are at home. We’ll see how ASU does at Georgia. We’ll see how Washington plays at Stanford. We’ll see how Cal plays at Oregon. Most of the Pac-10 teams have been playing panzies at home. Now, the real season starts.

    I think you are giving Washington WAY, too much credit for the SUC win. That win only proved on thing, ANYTHING can happen when you have a good defense going against a struggling offense. That’s why I like UCLA’s chances. Our defense is GREAT and will only get better, as will our offense. I like our chances and I think you will be eating crow by year end. Barring any MAJOR injuries, I dont see us going worse than 5-4 the rest of the way.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with nearly all of the comments–a 6-6 record is a highly pessimistic prediction. This team should improve with time. I say 8-4 or better.

  • BruinFaithful

    What did I tell you Jonny? You see Cal getting their hats handed to them at Autzen? 25-3 at the half. I see a lot parity in the Pac-10 and the nation this year. This is what happens when you have a lot of good defenses and some young QB’s and offenses in the Pac-10. Uncharacteristically, I think the Pac-10 will be a defensively strong conference. Like the SEC of old.

    Unbelievably, you have UCLA going 0-4 at home in the conference this year, losing to Oregon, Cal, Udub, and ASU? When was the last time we got shut out at home in the conference? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!! Like I said, our GREAT Defense will keep us in games and our offense will do enough to win. i.e. scoring and not turning the ball over too much. I see us going 3-1 at home and no worse than 2-2.