Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin talks about reloading in the secondary, what he loves about his young crop of defensive backs and what he tells Mossi Johnson on the field.
Does our defense have a chance to be elite this season?
I don’t know what you want to count as elite, but I think they could be good. I think the move at linebacker was a very smart one as it both solves the problem at Sam, where they were struggling to find a reliable starter, and gets the best players on the field. Remember that the coaches moved DeChaun Holiday from safety to linebacker during last year’s training camp and then he was the No. 1 Sam during spring camp. It was a quick rise that, I think, could be attributed more to the lack of depth at the position than drastic, quick improvement at the new position. (This is not to say he wasn’t improving at the position, because he definitely was.) The starting 11 is extremely talented, as are the backups, but many of the reinforcements are unproven. Until some of the younger players, like Krys Barnes, Breland Brandt, Osa Odighizuwa and Chigozie Nnoruka, get into a game situation, you can’t really know how they’ll respond. But the defense is extremely talented, I think. Continue reading “Halfway point of training camp Q&A – Answers” »
Under Armour rolled out its home jerseys for the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams Friday.
Both feature the arched block UCLA logo in powderkeg blue across the chest, a patch honoring John Woden’s Pyramid of Success on the upper chest, and Under Armour’s newly designed “Champions Made Here” logo on the bottom hem. The men’s uniform is updated with a powderkeg blue and gold UCLA stripe trim on the jersey as well as on the waistband and down the leg of the shorts. The women’s uniform has the UCLA stripe on the waistband of the shorts and the script UCLA logo on the side, but no trimming on the jersey.
Here’s the promo video UCLA released, but I captured the only actual shot of the uniforms above:
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While the UCLA defense is rolling into its third year under coordinator Tom Bradley, the offense is just getting out of the gates with Jedd Fisch. When a reporter asked Fisch about battling Bradley’s defense on a daily basis, the first-year offensive coordinator couldn’t help but smile a little bit.
“Every day is a battle,” Fisch said. “It really makes it fun to scrap and claw and go against really, really good corners and really, really good defensive linemen and you really know you’re going against a really good Pac-12 defense.
Through heated practice rivalries and a unique reward system, UCLA is celebrating competition as training camp carries on, hoping that the entire team is better for it come Sept. 3.
Notes and observations from the day: Continue reading “UCLA football training camp 9: Halfway there” »