Quarterback Marcus Mariota earned himself a bit of additional respect on Saturday. After taking some big hits from UCLA linebackers in Oregon’s 42-14 win Saturday, his demeanor impressed even Anthony Barr.
“I think people don’t give him enough credit for his toughness and his competitiveness,” the Bruins’ All-American said. Continue reading →
After whiffing on several point guards and losing former four-star commitment Trevon Bluiett, UCLA finally has one name on its 2014 recruiting board. The newest Bruin is 6-foot-10 forward Gyorgy Goloman, a Hungarian native who will make his United States high school debut this season in Florida. Scout.com first reported the news.
Goloman has a three-star rating on Scout.com, but is not rated on Rivals.com. He had offers from New Mexico, Richmond and Davidson.
Quarterback Brett Hundley didn’t go into great detail on what went wrong in his 64-yard passing performance Saturday, mostly framing the 42-14 loss at Oregon as a learning experience.
“There’s always those stepping stones that you’ve got to cross over,” he said. “That you’ve got to cross over to really become great at any position. These are games that I really believe I can learn from, and hold dear to.”
Hundley said the hit he took at Utah early this month hasn’t had a lingering effect on him either physically or mentally. The quarterback’s vision went blurry after his head hit the turf at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Asked about offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s contracting playbook, he stuck to script and said the Bruins just need to execute what’s called.
— The notebook in today’s Daily News covers Hundley’s possible decline in confidence, as well as injuries (Eric Kendricks, Ellis McCarthy, etc.) and some changes in defensive starters.
A 42-14 loss at Oregon knocked UCLA down five spots in the latest Associated Press poll, the Bruins settling in at No. 17. (They fell to No. 19 in the USA Today coaches poll.) The Ducks stayed at No. 2 and held on to three of 60 first-place votes.
Stanford is one spot out of the top five after a gritty 20-12 win at Oregon State. Arizona State rejoined the rankings following its bye week.
For a half, UCLA looked like it had a chance to upset Oregon. Then, reality set in as the Ducks unleashed 28 unanswered points, running away with a 42-14 win. A few thoughts from the Bruins’ trip to Autzen Stadium.
1. UCLA isn’t there yet. Everyone knew before the start of the season that the back-to-back Stanford-Oregon ringer would test the Bruins’ mettle. They didn’t exactly rise to the occasion. Jim Mora put it best with an expressive outburst after the loss: Continue reading →