Guard Kris Wilkes talks about what went wrong against Colorado and wanting to bounce back against Oregon State.
— Nate Meadors (@NateMeadors) January 15, 2018
UCLA lost four juniors on offense to the NFL draft, but its defense will remain mostly intact for a much-needed bounce-back season.
Junior Nate Meadors announced he will be returning next season on Monday, giving the Bruins three-fourths of their starting secondary back. UCLA won’t lose any defensive juniors to the draft, letting go of only four senior starters.
- From CBS Sports: Former Washington quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels will transfer to UCLA
- Scott Quessenberry talks to the Darren Smith Show about preparing for the NFL draft and why Josh Rosen will make a good pro
- Athlon Sports has UCLA ranked fourth in its early Pac-12 football rankings
- UCLA legend Kenny Easley turned 59 years old on Monday
Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame safety @Easleyforce5! Easley played 7 seasons for the @Seahawks. Selected to 5 Pro Bowls and the @NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984. pic.twitter.com/mYsdkZlHqA
— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) January 15, 2018
Senior Jordin Canada set the UCLA record for career assists while leading No. 14 UCLA to a 93-55 win over Colorado in Boulder on Sunday as the point guard tallied 10 points and 11 assists.
Her 700 assists surpassed former Bruin Erica Gomez‘s (corrected) record of 697, and Canada is the first player in Pac-12 women’s basketball history to record 1,800 career points and 700 assists.
The Bruins (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) jumped out to a 16-0 lead against the Buffaloes and never looked back as the lead ballooned to as many as 41. Japreece Dean had a career-high 21 points with five 3-pointers.
Canada had only one turnover with her double-double as UCLA had six double-digit scorers and 13 steals. The Bruins secured their first road sweep of the Pac-12 season with Friday’s 81-74 win over Utah.
“I think we’re starting to finally believe who we are and that’s defense,” Canada told the Pac-12 Networks after the game. “Our defensive intensity is huge and we showed that these past two games. I thought we were aggressive and I thought we attacked every opportunity that there was to get stops.”
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 14, 2018
Former UCLA linebackers Myles Jack and Anthony Barr each had interceptions in their respective teams’ divisional playoff victories on Sunday, helping the Jaguars and Vikings to the AFC and NFC championship games, respectively.
Barr had four tackles and one tackle for loss in Minnesota’s thrilling 29-24 win over the Saints while fellow former Bruin Eric Kendricks led the Vikings with 10 tackles.
Former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath made 3 of 4 field goals for the Vikings, including a 53-yarder that but Minnesota up by two with 1:29 to go. Drew Brees led the Saints on a field-goal drive to regain the lead, but Case Keenum‘s 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs as time expired pushed the Vikings into next Sunday’s NFC championship game at Philadelphia (3:40 p.m. PT).
Jack had six tackles in Jacksonville’s 45-42 win over Pittsburgh and picked off Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter after breaking up the pass and securing the catch while tapping his feet in bounds before falling out. The Jaguars face New England in the AFC championship on Jan. 21 at 12:05 p.m PT.
— z-#Sacksonville (@Jaguars) January 14, 2018
Other former Bruins in action:
- Jayon Brown had one tackle in Tennessee’s 35-14 loss to the Patriots on Saturday.
- Takkarist McKinley had two tackles, including one sack, in the Falcons’ 15-10 loss to the Eagles on Saturday.
First off I want to say thank you to the @AtlantaFalcons for giving me the opportunity to play this game I love. Also would like to thank our fans for the support you guys have shown since I got here! And finally my teammates Love yahh ✌ #riseup #InBrotherhood #finemelater pic.twitter.com/xRvUfogEt5
— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) January 14, 2018