UCLA spring camp notes: Asiantii Woulard has solid practice

» Asiantii Woulard has clearly improved through the course of this spring, and he probably had the best day out of all the quarterbacks today. But his best moments this month have usually come in 7-on-7 situations, and that was the case again on Wednesday. While he’s capable of making good-looking throws when there isn’t pressure bearing down on him, he hasn’t shown that consistency against an actual pass rush.

It’s worth wondering how much Woulard could have benefited from some real game action last season. He didn’t play a single down as a redshirt freshman, even though the Bruins could have given him a few late-game reps in more lopsided contests against Arizona State, Washington, or USC. Continue reading

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UCLA hires Bill Roth as new play-by-play announcer

UCLA has hired Bill Roth as its new play-by-play announcer for football and men’s basketball, officially replacing the recently retired Chris Roberts.

Roth will come to Los Angeles to become the Bruins’ lead radio broadcaster after serving in the same role at Virginia Tech for the last 27 years, a span that saw him earn spots in both the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Syracuse University’s WAER Hall of Fame. The 11-time Virginia Sportscaster of the Year will end his tenure in Blacksburg with Saturday’s spring game.

“I have tremendous respect for the UCLA tradition, having grown up sitting in front of the television in awe of national broadcasts featuring UCLA teams playing at historic venues like Pauley Pavilion and the Rose Bowl,” Roth said in a statement. “From hearing ‘Sons of Westwood’ blaring through the speakers to witnessing championship teams led by larger-than-life coaches, I am well aware that this is one of America’s most iconic institutions. Continue reading

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