What’s next for UCLA football’s struggling running game?

Bolu Olorunfunmi hopes to help UCLA cure its anemic running game that was second-to-last in rushing per game in the country. (Micah Escamilla/The Sun, SCNG)

UCLA’s inability to run the ball was the ultimate undoing of a talented team in 2016. All five running backs return under a new coach with a new scheme hoping to atone for last year’s failure.

“We don’t talk about it, we don’t mention it,” running back Bolu Olorunfunmi said. “We just know that we have to do better.”

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The Bruins have three experienced backs and two underclassmen jockeying for position in a crowded backfield. Rising junior Soso Jamabo is the presumptive No. 1 option, but head coach Jim Mora mentioned Olorunfunmi as someone who has “really stood out” from group.

Olorunfunmi sets himself apart with his bruising running style. He aggressively accepts contact both with the ball in his hand and while blocking. He led the team in rushing touchdowns last year with four while Jamabo led the team with 321 total rushing yards.  Continue reading “What’s next for UCLA football’s struggling running game?” »

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Video: Mike Fafaul and Bolu Olorunfunmi

Quarterback Mike Fafaul talks about whether he’s ever dreamed of starting a rivalry game like this and if he takes inspiration from former UCLA backup quarterbacks who have had big moments against USC.

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about the play of his offensive line last week and the competition between the running backs.

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Video: Bolu Olorunfunmi, Austin Roberts, Kenny Young

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about his role in pass protection last week and how he stays confident when the Bruins are the worst running team in the country.

Tight end Austin Roberts talks about the team’s 1-0 mentality, what the offense needs to to do improve and his confidence in Mike Fafaul.

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about facing Colorado and finishing the season out on the strong note.

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Video: Mike Fafaul, Darren Andrews, Bolu Olorunfunmi

Quarterback Mike Fafaul talks about starting for Josh Rosen and UCLA’s 27-21 loss to Washington State.

Receiver Darren Andrews talks about the frustrations on offense and sticking together as a team.

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about simplifying the running game and being “close” but not “there” on offense.

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