After missing last year’s USC game with a broken collarbone, receiver Devin Lucien preparing for his first on-field taste of the rivalry. He talked a bit Tuesday about his family’s history with Trojans’ safety Su’a Cravens, as well as a pair of old USC pajamas he had to toss out.
UCLA forward Wanaah Bail be available for the Bruins’ Thursday game against Nevada, coach Steve Alford said this morning. The freshman had knee surgery in late June, and finally practiced with full contact for the first time last week.
A former three-star prospect in 2012, Bail is an athletic big man who adds depth to the frontcourt and provides another option in UCLA’s transition offense.
– Linebacker Anthony Barr, on Saturday’s game: “It’s Southern Cal. If you can’t get up for this one, you don’t belong in the locker room. Pack your bags. Go home. We don’t want you.” But how much, if it at all, would a win make up for the lost chance at a Rose Bowl berth?
– Columnist Tom Hoffarth takes a look at rivalry implications on both sides, featuring this line: “Call it the Coach O Bowl for USC, if you like. Or it’s the Oh-No-You-Don’t Bowl for UCLA.”
Ishmael Adams’ career debut as a returner last Saturday didn’t go unnoticed. The 5-foot-8 cornerback’s 234 all-purpose yards against Arizona State earned him a mention as Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. Continue reading →
Wanaah Bail (left knee injury) and could be back with the Bruins soon. UCLA coach Steve Alford said the forward has been practicing with the team, and that he would discuss the freshman’s status with a doctor after his postgame interview on Sunday night.
UCLA had a chance to work on its dunking skills, and Norman Powell had five of UCLA’s 10 slams in this 106-65 win over Chattanooga.
Powell’s windmill dunk was the highlight of the evening as were the 106 points. UCLA hadn’t scored more than 100 points in a non-exhibition game in five years. And that’s because defensive-minded Ben Howland was coach.
This was a new kind of UCLA look to be sure. Kyle Anderson nearly had another triple double with 17 points 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Jordan Adams scored a team-high 22 points, and Tony Parker had a career-best 14 rebounds.
The Bruins are 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first seven games.
Left tackle Simon Goines is done for the season after fracturing his right fibula. He had surgery done Sunday morning at around 8 a.m., and will not be able to put weight on it for eight weeks.
He had returned to the starting lineup Saturday night after missing four games with an injured MCL, and his absence again forces three true freshmen onto UCLA’s first-string offensive line. The unit had one of its worst showings of the season against Arizona State, allowing nine sacks. Head coach Jim Mora said that after looking at film, quarterback Brett Hundley would have had a hard time avoiding most of those even with an early throw or run.
USC’s defensive front is just as impressive than the Sun Devils’. The Trojans have 32 sacks on the season to ASU’s 34, and are slightly ahead with 82 tackles for loss to 77.
– Receivers Grayson Mazzone and Darren Andrews will both have surgery for torn knee ligaments. Continue reading →