• Anonymous

    Are we looking at the Mormon Jonathan Ogden? A gentleman off the field, but a beast on. Please, oh please.

    WELCOME BACK XSF!!!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely caught me smiling Jon! Xavier is so well grounded and a natural leader in his demeanor and by example. Definitely adds a lot to look forward to this coming year. I echo the above statement –> Welcome back XSF!!!

  • Bruintx

    Admittedly, I wasnt overjoyed about Xavier leaving after his freshman year for his mission. However, I respected that he was doing something in which he truly believed. That doesnt mean I had to like it though.

    But now, given the current circumstances, his two year delay may be a real blessing in disguise for us. His talent probably would have been totally wasted these last two years. Hopefully coach Mora and staff can turn him into a 1st round draft choice.

    Welcome back Xavier!!

  • CUMMON MAN

    I hope his maturity and wisdom rubs off on his teammates. My passion bucket is filling up again…

  • mcnowner

    Fabulous interview Jon. I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the 10 minutes. XSF is great Bruin. Can’t wait to see him play next season.

  • Slippery Pete

    Come on Jon do it for the team. Strap on your old pads and helmet and let the X-man hit you as hard as he can. You could fill in as a bad DT for an afternoon.

  • bruinbiochem06

    X-man is back baby!

  • RXBruin

    Great interview Jon, and welcome back XSF!

  • Matt

    Incredible young man. Welcome back X! Go Bruins!

  • http://paul Ley

    Thanks Jon,
    WOW, this kid has grown mentally and is ready to go! Maybe his two year Mission was a Blessing in diguise so that it was not waisted on the last two Junk years. This gives him and the new look Bruins a fresh start!!!

    Go Bruins.

  • Abraham

    Yahweh works in mysterious ways. Glad to have Xavier back home.

  • Bruingold82

    Great man. Proud to see him in blue and gold. Welcome back XSF.

  • UCLAVES

    He mentions getting his degree. Hopefully we get 3 years of XSF. SOOO happy he is back. I echo other statements. While I was bummed when he was gone, these last 2 years would have been wasted with bad teams. Glad we get 3 more years of XSF instead of just 1.

  • Sunset Bruin

    Great interview, Jon. XSF is a fine young man.

    He may be the first UCLA All-American o-lineman in a long time.

  • Anonymous

    If I was a guy and forced to have a boyfriend for two years, I’d appreciate life too.

  • doubletroublebruin

    This kid is legit. Very excited to have him back at UCLA.

  • Sal Alosi

    I didn’t mean to do it, it just came over me. Coach Jim promises to keep me off the field for the first year.

  • cedar_23

    we wish we have more players like him

  • Anonymous

    Jon (pronounced Jay-on): just passing it on, the question was posed on yahoo ‘how do u pronounce Xavier?’ … “Best Answer – Chosen by Asker
    As a student at Xavier University i can’t tell you how much it angers us when people pronounce the X. Think about the musical instrument Xylophone. It is pronounced Zy-lo-phone, SILENT X. Xavier is the same way. Zay-vur, SILENT X. The parents who name their kids Xavier and pronounce it with an X are just ignorant and should be slapped because they don’t understand the rules of english pronunciation. Xavier is also a spanish name pronounced Ha-vee-air. X’s that start words are never pronounced as X’s!
    3 years ago “

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

    Interesting. The X-man thing tends to throw me off, but I’ll ask him about it next time. Thanks for pointing out.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, the ‘best answer’ from yahoo actually is not completely accurate. The letter X is not a “SILENT X”, it is just that it is pronounced as a Z in the beginning of these two words (xylophone and Xavier) used as examples.

  • Sal Alosi

    I didn’t mean to, it just came over me.

  • Sec21R14S110

    Actually Anonymous, Xavier in Spanish is pronounced za-vee-air with a Z sound just like zero, zeta etc. Javier with a J is pronounced Ha-vee-air as you mentioned. FYI.

  • Coach Thom

    Pronunciation aside, I’m thankful that Xavier has decided to return to the program and will help Coach Jim turn us in the right direction. A very admirable young man and a perfect role model for the rest of the team.