Weekly Q&A

Hey guys,

Fire away with questions for this week’s Q&A. Please don’t post new questions on the answers section, because I don’t always check the comments. Save them for next week.

I’ll finish off last week’s leftover questions shortly…

Thanks
Jon

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Claypool Super on Tuesdays

Should Garret Claypool ever decide to run for president, just go ahead and mark down your vote.
His Tuesdays, after all, have been pretty super.

UCLA’s midweek matchups have been all-but-guaranteed with Claypool on the mound, as the El Camino Real of Woodland Hills product has become the Bruins’ most consistent pitcher.

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Quotables: Kevin Prince

You seemed to have a bit of an edge in spring ball compared to last season. Getting a little cocky?
Kevin Prince: “It’s not cockiness, it’s more of just a self-confidence after going through a season and playing a significant amount. Going into last season, there were those doubts. I hadn’t played for two years, it was my first time in a division one college situation. Now, knowing I can do it, knowing I can practice, knowing I can work hard, it brings a lot of self-confidence. I expect myself to do a lot better than last year. I don’t expect to be the greatest in the nation, but one of my goals is to be one of the top QBs in the Pac-10, if not the top QB in the conference.”

Do you feel the pressure to deliver – and deliver big – in year three?
KP: “Any new coaching staff, the third year is the one. We’ve improved so far – not drastically – but this third year is the make-or-break year. Being the third-year for coach Neuheisel and Coach Chow, I think it really will be a big season for us. We can’t take any steps backward. We have to go forward, and it can’t just be a little bit.”

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Since I’ve been gone…

Hey guys, sorry I didn’t give a head’s up first: I’ve been on Tour of California duty for the last several days.

I was, however, at the NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot this morning, and got a chance to visit with Maurice Jones-Drew for an extended period. I’ll have the interview up Monday morning, along with my chat with Kevin Prince.

Here are links to a few of my Amgen stories:

Stage Six preview

Lance Armstrong story

Stage Six feature

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Terrence Jones flips to Kentucky

Portland forward Terrence Jones, who verbally committed to Washington recently but never signed his LOI, has flipped to Kentucky. In other news, Bruin fans breathe a little easier. He would have been a monster in the Pac-10.

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Mamba chooses USC

Crenshaw star DeAnthony Thomas wrote on his Facebook page earlier tonight that he was choosing USC. Mamba will join a talented class of early commits for the Trojans, including Mater Dei quarterback Max Wittek and wide receiver Victor Blackwell and Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) defensive lineman Jalen Grimble.

I’ve left a message for him, and I’ll try to talk with him in the next couple days.

(UPDATE): Just talked briefly with Mamba, and he confirmed. We’re talking in depth tomorrow.

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Moore, Forbath, Ayers named Phil Steele first-team All-American

From UCLA:

Three members of the 2010 UCLA football team have been named first-team All-Americans by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. In addition, 10 Bruins were named to the magazines various All-Pac-10 teams.

Senior place kicker Kai Forbath, junior free safety Rahim Moore and junior outside linebacker Akeem Ayers were all selected to the publication’s first team.
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