Five questions: The Arizona Daily Star’s Michael Lev on Arizona

UCLA is searching for a bounce-back performance against Arizona after a heartbreaking loss to Stanford. The Wildcats are just two years removed from their Pac-12 South championship, but fell quickly from the divisional perch. They finished fifth in the Pac-12 South last year and revamped their entire defensive staff this year. They have a dangerous mobile quarterback who nearly led them to an upset victory over Washington last week. The Arizona Daily Star’s Michael Lev answered some questions about quarterback Brandon Dawkins, the team’s struggling defense and its running back situation. 

1. Brandon Dawkins took over the starting role for an injured Anu Solomon and had some success. Even if Solomon is healthy, will Dawkins keep the starting job and if so, what necessary component does he bring to the offense?

I believe he will keep the starting job. He isn’t as polished a passer as Solomon, but Dawkins is a superior athlete. He can be a real difference-maker with his legs. We weren’t sure he could run effectively against Washington’s vaunted defense, but he did and then some (176 yards, two touchdowns). He has a big frame and a strong arm and has shown promise as a passer. But he still needs a lot of work (reading defenses, remaining patient in the pocket) to become a proficient all-around quarterback. Continue reading

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UCLA practice links: Marques Tuiasosopo willing to challenge Josh Rosen

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and quarterback Josh Rosen talk over a drill during spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and quarterback Josh Rosen talk over a drill during spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

The partnership because quarterback Josh Rosen and his positions coach Marques Tuiasosopo is “not always coke and ice cream,” according to head coach Jim Mora, but that’s what makes it so good for the Bruins.

Rosen pushes Tuiasosopo and the coach pushes right back. That relationship is key in unlocking Rosen’s potential on the field.

More on the dynamic between Tuiasosopo and his star pupil, from Ryan Kartje.

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Video: Josh Rosen, Bolu Olorunfunmi, Jayon Brown

Quarterback Josh Rosen talks about bouncing back from Stanford, working with Marques Tuiasosopo and still getting to the College Football Playoff.

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about finding someone to take the lead running back position, coming back from Stanford and playing night games.

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about handling Arizona QB Brandon Dawkins, staying motivated against Stanford and the season Kenny Young‘s having.

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Weekly Q&A – Arizona

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It’s that time of the week. Ask your UCLA football-related questions below in the comments — or shoot me an email at thnguyen(at)scng(dot)com — as the Bruins try to bounce back from a difficult Stanford loss.

UCLA is at the Rose Bowl against Arizona on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff on ESPN. Answers to your questions will be posted THURSDAY.

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