Video: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Scott Quessenberry, Kenneth Walker III

Defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner talks about keeping a lid on Christian McCaffrey, moving past the loss to Stanford and how he handles constantly changing positions on the defensive line.

Center Scott Quessenberry talks about what he thinks about night games, the struggles in the running game and moving on to Arizona.

Receiver Kenneth Walker III talks about the possibility of a shorter receiver rotation, why the Bruins have had trouble connecting on the deep ball this year and what’s going on with his hair.

  • Laker Rod

    I don’t agree with Jacob Tuioti Mariner in that he claimed UCLA played the last series like how they did the entire game. This isn’t true.

    What the UCLA D did on the last series was go with a straight 4 man D line who were always in the same alignment/gap on I believe every single play on that drive. It was a pure 4 man rush/attack with 7 guys reading and reacting.

    Previously to this, the UCLA D was mixing it up by having the linemen shift a bit and linebackers fill in certain gaps between the tackles and ends and they would line up close to the line of scrimmage but some would back off into coverage. We fake blitzed at times. There was none of this on the last series. We went straight vanilla.

    While the Bruins didn’t necessarily need to blitz on every down…they could have disguised the alignments better and came once or twice.

    I look at it this way. If you expect your players to make a big play on defense…then you must have them think aggressively and not passively. You have to tell them…make a play. Go after it.

    If you have them in read and react mode…it doesn’t work…especially at the college level.

    In addition, even if the D is aggressive and guesses wrong…especially early within a last series drive…the only bad thing is that you gave up the touchdown but it would have occurred with more time left on the clock which gives you the chance to have the ball last!