QB Jerry Neuheisel, LB Kene Orjioke plan to finish UCLA careers

Backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel and linebacker Kene Orjioke plan to finish their UCLA playing careers at the end of this season.

Both have a year of eligibility remaining, but are on track to graduate and were honored as part of the Bruins’ “Senior Night” ceremony during the team’s loss to Washington State last Saturday. Mora hinted that Neuheisel will become a graduate assistant next season.

“I don’t think you’ll see Jerry move very far away,” he said. “Jerry’s a UCLA guy. He’s already talked to me about coaching. He’d be a natural at it. Both of those guys, if they haven’t completed, they’re really close to competing their degrees.”

Neuheisel’s career will be best remembered for his performance in AT&T Stadium in 2014, one in which he threw a game-winning touchdown against Texas in relief of an injured Brett Hundley. Through three seasons, he has completed 42 of 70 passes for 379 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Orjioke, who is 20 years old, has 39 career tackles and two sacks. He missed most of the 2014 season after tearing his ACL, but has appeared in nine games this fall.

  • 88 Straight

    Good for Jerry. He is probably already as good a QB coach as Taylor Mazzone, if not better.

    • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

      An unselfish move by both players, as I would assume that it frees up a couple of scholarships…….

      • 88 Straight

        I think Jerry is 23. Orjioke may want to go the graduate transfer route. I think he has a year of eligibility left and may want more opportunity to play.

        • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

          At least Jerry is getting a golden opportunity to jump start his coaching career, if that’s the path he’s chosen….. it would be interesting to see him coaching Rosen…..

          • 88 Straight

            I like Jerry. If he had been blessed with a couple more inches of height and a stronger arm, he might still be playing. He has a bright future as a coach, IMO.

  • Laker Rod

    It disappoints to continually see 5th year seniors not play out their final year. This is when they should be at their best. People were talking about Kene Orjioke as a true frosh and was hyped up quite a bit. Mora even played him as a true frosh and he played very little. What a waste. This is exactly why UCLA can’t win any conference championships.

    Go look at the successful teams and you will see a good amount of redshirt seniors in their program.