» Center Jake Brendel returned after sitting out UCLA’s season opener recovering from a sprained knee, but two more Bruins went down on Saturday during the Bruins’ 42-35 win over Memphis.
Receiver Eldridge Massington looked wobbled his way off the field, appearing to hurt his left ankle. His limp didn’t look severe and he moved without assistance on the sideline. The redshirt freshman tore his left ACL back in high school, but this injury doesn’t look related.
Safety Randall Goforth left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return. He had injured his shoulder in training camp, and likely aggravated it on Saturday. His potential absence is especially concerning given that the UCLA secondary has underachieved compared to preseason expectations. The unit looked like one of the Bruins’ deepest, but hasn’t locked down opponents through two weeks.
Junior Fabian Moreau, who looked like a lockdown corner through spring and training camp, might be the most disappointing member of the defensive backfield.
» UCLA gave up 469 offensive yards to Memphis, the most the Bruins have surrendered to a regular-season nonconference opponent under third-year head coach Jim Mora.
Perhaps more concerning was that the Tigers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. It was the second straight game that UCLA failed to outscore their opponents in the second half; the Bruins had done that against eight straight nonconference opponents — compiling a 190-51 advantage through the past two seasons.
» This might be the most surprising stat of the season so far: Through two games, UCLA has notched just one sack while allowing nine to opposing teams. Continue reading