Weekly Q&A

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.

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Jon

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  • Anonymous

    How likely is it that UCLA lands both Muhammad and Anderson? Would this be the top class in the country?

  • UCLASteve

    I notice a lot of college bball teams are playing games overseas right now (i.e. UCLA women, u$c men, and Oregon in Italy; Georgetown in China; etc.). What are the rules around this? I thought the NCAA did not allow teams to play or be coached outside the regular season. And if this is allowed… why don’t more teams take advantage of this “extra” playing time and practice? Seems this is a great way to get teams conditioned and playing together early. Thanks

  • lbcbruin

    I don’t understand Neuheisal’s possible decision to go with a two-quarterback system, actually three, with the inclusion that Hundley will have a package created for him. Part of me believes he wants to go with Prince but can’t ignore Brehaut development and how that might play with the fans/media, especially if they begin to lose. i get, its a close battle, but it seems like neither prince or brehaut will feel like the # 1 QB. Not so much a question, but can you just comment on this. hope you are well, lbcbruin

  • Anonymous

    Do you think the pistol offense is an offense that should/can be run by elite level teams(not saying UCLA is elite atm)? I think Nevada runs it very well, but they do not have any vertical pass threat and thus quite one dimensional. Also, I’ve heard Norm Chow was not a fan of the pistol because of the footwork for deeper passes…true?

  • Brock

    Will manfro get any pt this year? Any standouts from him?

  • Semi-Pro

    Do you think, now looking back, that Brehaut’s decision to play baseball cost him the starting job?

  • ucla fan11

    Is a redshirt year for Hundley completely out of the question with all this “special packages” talk?? How can UCLA avoid the mistakes they made with Brehaut??

  • Anonymous

    Jon,
    This is a typical hypothetical question sports fans ask all the time.
    What if last year Brian Price had returned for his senior season and Datone had not gotten hurt. Would we have won more than 4?

  • Anonymous

    Ucla and Stanford trade quarterbacks. How many games do we win with andrew luck? Does stanford make it to a bowl game?

  • Chris

    Can you fix the link to the “Daily News UCLA Coverage” on the blog? It has a quotation mark in it which prevents it from linking properly. Thanks!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/ucla/2011/08/weekly-qa-86.html#comments Bruinfan123

    Jon, judging from what you have seen so far in fall camp, who would you say redshirts this year for the freshman and who do you envision seeing the field this year? Thanks for the hard work btw!

  • localbruin

    I see Petros moving to sideline reporter for college football telecasts as a demotion and as righteous punishment for his USC homerism. Is this what the network brass are telling you?

    Also, since you dodged my earlier request for confirmation of the Barry Thompkins Civil War injury rumor, I will accept your non-answer as a denial of same.

  • Cheat On!

    It’s a week before the season’s start. Is UCLA better than you thought at this point, or worse? What will surprise the typical fan about this team?

  • Anonymous

    Now that the season is just about to start, what is your final prediction for wins/losses?

  • Pistalion

    Can you ask the players if they find any improvement in performance from the dri-fit uniforms? I don’t care if they look that great (some people will complain because of the semi stripe) but does the fact its so small mean its harder to get held? Do players feel lighter because of less sweat? Not an adidas employee I swear, I just wish there were tangible benefits to the new jersies – although psychological effects might be beneficial as well.

  • Anonymous

    In 2003, Drew Olsen and Matt Moore were competing for the starting QB job under Coach Karl Dorrell. Moore had initially won the job, but got injured and eventually lost his place to Olsen. Moore than immediately transferred to Oregon State and after redshirting for a year, started in 2005 and 2006 that led to him being drafted and eventually starting for the Carolina Panthers.

    Do you seem something like this happening if it turns out that CRN recruited Brehaut solely to push Prince and would never actually start Brehaut over Prince (Brehaut could play baseball for OSU while redshirting behind Ryan Katz’s senior year)?

  • Spencer

    Any news on the Jermine Anderson situation?

    And since I’m on the topic, do Josh Shirley and company still have pending charges? What happened there?

  • John

    I’ve been looking at the weather forecast for Houston, and it is thundershowers for saturday, who would have the advantage on the ground, UCLA, or Houston?

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Was this sixth year deal a rubber-stamp for Keenum following the ACL injury against us in Game 3?
    What’s the limit to get another year, 4, 5 … under half of the season including a bowl?

  • ucla34

    Herbstreit picks Ucla to win our division. I definately think we have a shot! What do you think Jon?

  • BruinBall

    How has Jerry Neuhesial looked in camp? Is he a legit 3-star QB recruit who might be backing up Hundley a few seasons from now?

  • Bruinmed

    We hear our defense is inexperienced but has potential, how do they stack up compared to other Pac 12 defenses? Are they good enough to keep us in most games late into them? Awesome job with the blog by the way!

  • FG UW fan

    Spencer,

    I beleive that Shirley and the Richardson’s had an arraignment scheduled in a week or two, but it got postponed by the court until sometime in October.

  • Anonymous

    Are the players or coaches talking privately about last years borderline sinister play of Houston’s kickoff team? Any talk of being any type of motivation for this year? How would you respond if you were Coach Rick?

  • Anonymous

    Who covers the opposing team’s best WR? Hester or Price? Assuming our coaches wanted to scheme it that way… Or is it more of a question of matchups? If so, who covers the taller WR and who covers the faster WR? Also, who do you think is gonna start at SS?

  • cliq

    did you take my comment about video posts the wrong way?
    hope not :)

  • MaltBaa

    OK so Duke, Georgetown and whole bunch of other schools, even Humboldt State are playing BBall games in Europe and Asia over the summer, why not UCLA?

  • Anonymous

    Brandon Willis, I previously posted noting that I had read on the internet that Willis was returning to UCLA.

    Now that that has been supported is there a chance that he will be reinstated?

    I read that UNC opposes the transfer.

    What is Brandon’s current WEIGHT?

  • Anonymous

    Apparently the Houston players were guilty of a dirty play that was not “technically” illegal, but still a classless act that left Jared Koster with an injury that sidelined him for the season.

    Do you recall last year’s opening kickoff against Houston?

    and,

    Has the coaching staff reminded the players of this to further motivate the UCLA players…?

  • Sil

    How does this Bruin squad compare to last year’s at this moment during training camp? Would you say the offense is a step forward whereas the defense a step back?

  • DoubleTroubleBruin

    After all the progress you’ve made building this site and a developing a more loyal following, why in the world would you have Jill Painter, an obvious trojan homer with a well documented grudge against UCLA, fill in for you in your absence? I just don’t get it. One step forward… two steps back…

  • 909Bruin

    hey Jon, there has been talk for years that the culture of UCLA football needs to be changed. Do you think it has started to change with this team and do you think this is the staff to make that change in culture?? thanks!

  • Jake

    How much punt return work have we been doing? Who do you see as our primary punt returner?

  • tims

    can you tell us how you see the houston game unfolding?

  • Eater of the Dead

    Will the offense look totally different this year because of the contribution of Jim Mastro or just more nuanced? Do you think his experience will make it harder for Houston and other teams to game plan despite playing UCLA last year?

  • uclastevela

    Which quarterback, Prince or Brehaut, do the receivers (and tight ends and anyone catching a pass) prefer to be on the field with? Which quarterback do they trust the most? Which quarterback do the receivers have the best off-field relationship with?

  • Anonymous

    How many basketball scholarships does UCLA have available for 2012? Are they likely to make additional offers assuming some players jump pro next year?

  • BruinTran

    Jon,

    First, let me just start by saying thank you for your great effort in making this blog so interesting and informative. I know you get a few rude comments now and then but I suspect that those views are not shared by the majority of your readers. So please keep up the good work.

    As for my questions: (1) given the stable of running backs UCLA has this year, do you think UCLA’s run offense will be ranked even higher than last year? (2) I understanding from the various reports that Jordan James had an impressive camp but how is he ever going to get a handoff with Franklin, Bash, and Jones in the mix?

  • BruinADub

    Kip Smith was known for having a big leg in high school, but has yet to find the consistency needed to be a D1 PK. Jeff Locke would appear to be our best PK, but Coach has said that he’s worried that Locke would be overworked if he were the PK. Why don’t we let Smith kick off and Locke can handle the punting and place kicking? If I’m not mistaken, Chris Sailer did it not too long ago.

  • Bruintwin

    On the off chance UCLA starts off 3-0, do we get ranked? Will it take convincing victories over houston and Texas to achieve this or am I dreaming?

  • KingOfLA

    Last year after signing day, Rick Neuheisel implied that SC’s recruiting numbers were inflated because they’d signed a bunch of players who would never be able to qualify. The quote being “I know that there are at least members of their class that it will be difficult for them to be there. That, again, is for them to figure out.”

    Of the 31 players that USC signed, 30 of them were admitted to SC and cleared the NCAA, with the lone player who didn’t make it being Steve Dillon (the NCAA cleared him, SC did not, he went elsewhere). Was he just trying to deflect, or does he view Steve Dillon as being a ridiculously talented prospect who will likely be the first defensive player to ever win the Heisman trophy.

  • KingOfLA

    Last year after signing day, Rick Neuheisel implied that SC’s recruiting numbers were inflated because they’d signed a bunch of players who would never be able to qualify. The quote being “I know that there are at least members of their class that it will be difficult for them to be there. That, again, is for them to figure out.”

    Of the 31 players that USC signed, 30 of them were admitted to SC and cleared the NCAA, with the lone player who didn’t make it being Steve Dillon (the NCAA cleared him, SC did not, he went elsewhere). Was he just trying to deflect, or does he view Steve Dillon as being a ridiculously talented prospect who will likely be the first defensive lineman to ever win the Heisman trophy.

  • UCLABZ

    Since CRN announced he is going to use Hundley in special situation much likes he did with Brehaut. Do you think Neu is fiddling away Hundley’s freshman year, or does he not expect to get 5 years out of him anyway so he might as well get him up to speed as quick as possible so he can maximize his benefit to the team?

  • bruwin5931

    Hi Jon,

    This may be a while ago, but who were some of the notable recruits at the fall scrimmage? Thanks in advance.