UCLA v. USC Report Card

UCLA REPORT CARD
RESULT: USC 28, UCLA 14
RECORD: 4-8
WEEK 12 GPA: C-

QUARTERBACK
Richard Brehaut wasn’t awful, but have to feel like he could’ve done so much much more against suspect USC pass defense.
C-

RUNNING BACKS
I don’t care if Johnathan Franklin fumbles every time he touches the ball, there’s ZERO reason for giving him one carry in second half.
C-

WIDE RECEIVERS
Dropped touchdown by Taylor Embree sullied what was an other-wise decent night.
D+

OFFENSIVE LINE
Expected more out of offensive line featuring four senior starters 12 games into season, even against talented Trojan defensive line.
D

DEFENSIVE LINE
David Carter, Cassius Marsh looked impressive in pass rush, but little else from front four.
C-

LINEBACKERS
Akeem Ayers – three tackles, .5 tackle-for-loss – continued recent run of baffling play. Is he still a first-rounder?
D

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Aside from Allen Bradford’s 47-yard screen touchdown, very impressive game by UCLA DBs, particularly Tony Dye (13 tackles, interception).
B+

SPECIAL TEAMS
Shame of all shames: Four USC games, zero field goal attempts for Kai Forbath.
C

COACHING
Offensive play-calling still confounding, but defensive game-plan good until fourth quarter.
C-

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  • TruBruin

    Jon,
    You have got to be kidding right? No, Really….your joking right…..That was an uninspired, Heartless performance by a poorly coached football team. I think that all your “Quotable” segments have drawn you close to the players and its not allowing you to call a spade a spade. Dude, There was no fire or desire or “passion” coming from this team period! I have watched every minute of every game this season, half live at the RB. This team simply did not improve as a team as the season progressed. Neuheisel deserves, at the most, 12 more games in which he better win 8 or he should rightfully be fired. He should be fired if he uses a scholie on his son Jerry whom is a nice kid but worthy of a spot on Valley College’s football team.

  • cv

    Jon what happened to Rick’s must win eight games? This team barely won 4. Next year is a six win year at best.

  • awash

    I too was so out of my wits on the offensive play calling. 4th series after Franklin goes for TD. 1st play a blind pass – good thing it was knocked down, it may have gone for a pick six. Then after Coleman has a great run for a 1st down, we throw 3 straight passes! And Brehaut had only 1 completion prior and that was an easy toss to Rosario. We should have been running the ball down their throats.

    Then 1st and 25 and we run twice into the middle of the line and Franklin fumbles. Even without the fumble, out of field goal range and would have about a 3rd and 23?

    Then the toss by Brehaut going to his left for a fumble, that should not even be an option for him. The receiver should just have just been a blocker!!

    Why don’t we throw more screens to backs or short slants? Especially when it’s obvious that SC is blitzing or kicking our butts on the line of scrimmage and giving the QB no time to throw down field.

    Chow looks like he hates the Pistol!!

  • Bill West

    I agree with your report card.. especially the comments regarding Franklin and Brehaut.. Franklin’s fumble was a bad turning point in the game but to not play him more after that was crazy

    and Brehaut was handcuffed for 3 flippin quarters!! Did they not see what he did last week or listen to Kiffen talk about their weak secondary!! at first I thought maybe they were just trying to fake SC out and that they would start to pass eariler! The kid’s got talent lets use it!

    And the criticism on his pitch..”IF” he would have made it he would have been a hero like the arizona game..ya it was risky but he’s a play maker

    and jezz the capper for me was the dropped touchdown pass by Embree..THAT CANNOT HAPPEN!!

    Hope Zumwalt’s OK hes going to be great next year

    Speaking of next year, I am ready to look ahead and stop complaining about this year..hopefully this year will make them “ALL” more hungry for next season