Sorry for the long delay, I had to take care of some office stuff before practice that ran a bit longer than I expected. As in three hours.
Back to the fun stuff: With two practices to prepare for Stanford, the Bruins are more than eager to get out there and prove that their 3-0 start is no fluke. Practice was crisp on Wednesday, as UCLA prepares for the conference-leading Cardinal.
Reggie Carter had some awesome stuff to say about preparing for Toby Gerhart, Kai Maiava chimed in on the anticipation of attempting to become 4-0, but Logan Paulsen said that is not the ultimate goal.
I’ll be back throughout the night with updates, so thanks for checking in,
While the temperature dipped on Tuesday afternoon, UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel did not believe his player’s energy did.
The Bruins were active on offense and playmakers on defense, as there were a handful of crunching hits. Andrew Abbott popped Randall Carroll with a beautiful shoulder tackle late in the day.
Here are a couple of interesting things to note:
After starting the same offensive three straight games just once last year – Weeks 4 through 6 – the Bruins have put out the same group every game this year.
UCLA must keep an eye on electric returner Chris Owusu. Owusu averages 59.2 yards per kick return. Fifty. Nine. Point. Two.
On the offensive line continuity so far:
“It’s paying off so well. All of us, we communicate on the field, and we just know we’ve got each other’s backs. It just comes with the repetitions in practice. This is group as a whole, having five guys who just want to kick some butt. That’s what we were missing last year. People were calling us soft. This year, definitely, we’re the hammers and the other team is the nails.”
On playing with a line leader like Kai Maiava:
“Playing especially with Kai Maiava, he’s such a good center. That’s what we were missing – that leadership role on the line. He’s been taking that role, and I’m proud of him.”