Contest Winner Questions – BE REAL for Brian Price

You have always been a good student. Some people find high school more challenging because they feel the pressure to get good grades to get into college. How would you compare the academics of your high school to ucla?
Up here is not easy, but they give us a lot of help to pass classes with tutoring and study halls. You get the work done, they set it up to where you can pass.

Kevin Craft said he would not want to play on the line because of its inherent violence. What do you do to change from your usual mellow self to a man who has to meet violence with violence?
Football, you’ve got to flip a switch. You can’t play passive. You have to get out here and get after it. You have to play like a madman. Like Lawrence Taylor says, you’ve got to play like a bunch of crazed dogs. Coach Bullough says it’s a gift to get angry. You can’t just go in public and hit somebody, you’d go to jail. Out here, anything goes, you can hit the sh*t out of somebody. That’s what you play football for, to hit somebody.

You dominated offensive lineman, especially in high school. Have you ever felt sorry for an offensive lineman that you were having your way with, and then backed off a little to save him some dignity?
It’s my job. I tell them don’t take it personal, I’m just doing my job. We’re all on a mission out here

Without stating anything profane give us some examples of the trash-talking that goes on in a football game.
Anything goes, you hear it all. But personally, I don’t say anything in games. I got the nickname Quiet Storm in high school from my dad because I don’t say much. But you can feel the impact, though.

You are projected as a high NFL draft choice when you decide to leave ucla. How would becoming an instant multi-millionaire change your life?
It wouldn’t just change mine but the people who are close to me. Even those who are not. I plan on doing things back in the community to help kids who are unfortunate. I want to start back at home. It would be great to live the life I’ve never lived before.

You have six sisters. What did you learn about womanhood from them?
I’m a ladies’ man now. I know it all. I can read a lady like a book now. I can look at them and tell if something’s wrong. I know it all. Maybe not everything – I mean, it’s a gift and a curse.

Drawing is one of your hobbies. Do you have any pieces that you have displayed?
That is like an escape from the pain. I don’t talk about my problems; I just used to draw. I’m not the greatest. I just do it for fun. The tattoos I have, I’ve draw them out, most of them. Display? No. I draw and give them away to certain people.

You went to high school in Crenshaw which is located in South Central. Bruins say SC is located in South Central, and say it in a derogatory manner. I know South Central and like the people there. Tell us something about South Central.
It isn’t as bad as every makes it seem in movies and stuff. You have violence, but it makes you a stronger person. Every day is not like that. You actually learn how to become a man, you grow up fast. You make a lot of friends to become street smart. Growing up there was a great experience – going through tragedy wasn’t great, but it’s made me the man I am today.

You played 3 years of baseball in high school. Can you still hit the curveball?
It’s hard to hit a curveball, but I think I can do it, take it over the fence.

You are a history major. If you could change one event in history to make for a better world what would it be?
Change the world? I don’t know man, everything happens for a reason. I wouldn’t want to change anything. If I change something, something else will happen. I’ll just leave it as it is.

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Post-practice update

Hey folks,

Just got done talking to Courtney Viney – one bright kid – and I’ll have some interviews for you shortly.
Some quick tidbits:
*Kai Maiava sat out of practice with a sore back, with Jake Dean filling in at center, but he is expected to play on Saturday
*Glenn Love was hobbling throughout practice with a sore ankle, but is also expected to play
*Gavin Ketchum was out in full pads jogging a bit, but still is doubtful for Saturday
*Brian Price was out of practice, too, with an banged up leg, but he’ll play Saturday.

Coming soon: Rick Neuheisel, Courtney Viney, Richard Brehaut, Carnell Lake and Damien Thigpen…

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Price goes down

Star defensive tackle Brian Price collapsed to the ground and clutched his right knee moments ago during a 14-yard pass from SDSU’s Ryan Lindley to Vincent Brown.
After a couple minutes, Price walked off the field, heavily favoring that knee.

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What Brian Price Knows

Brian Price admitted that UCLA is effectively going into its Saturday matchup with San Diego State completely blind, with all SDSU practices closed and a brand new coaching staff.
What he knows is little, but he expects the Aztecs to closely resemble head coach Brady Hoke’s smashmouth ideals.
“I know they have a tough head coach, and I know he’s preaching toughness. I know they’re going to try and come out with some smash-mouth football. We’re not underestimating them; we’re taking them for what they are.”
The Bruins have pored over various game tapes, even old film from new SDSU coordinators Al Borges and Rocky Long’s days at UCLA.
“Last year it was like this against Washington State,” said Price, referring to second-year Cougars head coach Paul Wuff. “We looked all over for film. It’s the same now. Everybody’s used to it. And we have no school, so we can watch a lot more film.”

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Post-practice update

UCLA got after it on Tuesday morning, with Rick Neuheisel unafraid to get in his players’ faces. There was much 7-on-7 work as the Bruins try to absorb the schemes thrown at them, but there was also plenty of scrimmage.

I spoke with Neuheisel, Kevin Prince, Brian Price, Korey Bosworth and Norm Chow, and I’ll have that in a moment. Stay tuned.

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Quick chat with Brian Price

Brian Price on the defensive playmaking ability:
“I bank on myself making plays; if I make plays, the whole defense will make plays. But we’re all counting on each other to make plays. All camp we’ve been talking about everybody stepping up. It’s not about one guy, but 11 guys working together as a unit.”

On the offensive improvement from 2008 to 2009:
“I can tell a difference. I’ve been blocked a lot of times. In game time, everybody has to flip a switch, but I can tell a difference.”

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Report Card – DL

Defensive Line

Grade: A
High Marks: Let’s make this simple. The UCLA defensive line will be very, very, very good. Brian Price is more than a man among boys. He’s a grandfather among infants. Datone Jones was very impressive, as did David Carter.

Low Marks: The defensive second unit had its fair share of struggles, particularly on run defense, and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said he spotted several weaknesses.

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Post-scrimmage Report Card

After an inconsistent scrimmage, only one thing is painfully obvious: There are going to be fun times and sad times, and they might come one after another. For every breakaway run, there was a tackle-for-loss. There were great individual performances and disappointments.
There were shocking surprises – HEEEEELLLLLLLOOOO DAMIEN THIGPEN! – and there were met expectations – HEEEEELLLLLLLOOOO Brian Price.
Over the next hour or so, I’ll break down the performances by unit, with no delineation between first-, second- and third-strings.
Stay tuned…

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Three for the D

Chiming in real quick from Hawaii, but it looks like UCLA has landed three players on the Bednarik Award watch list.
With Brian Price, Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner on the list, the Bruins tie Penn State for tops in the country.
The Bednarik Award is essentially the top defensive honor in college football, and three Nittany Lions have won the award a total of four times – Paul Posluszny (twice), Dan Connor and Lavar Arrington.
USC’s Rey Maualuga won last season.

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Brian Price on Brian Price

Brian Price on being named to the Outland Trophy watch list:
“This is a team sport. There are 10 guys lining up next to me on that field who are working hard, and I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. I’m just the won getting the awards. And I didn’t even get nothing yet. My name is on a list. I’ll use it as motivation to just work harder.”

On the importance of winning awards:
“Coach was talking before camp that we’ve got to get to more black tie events. The award shows, the bowl games, we’ve got to get back to them. We have to get UCLA back on the map.

On competing for national awards:
“That’s everybody’s motivation to get back out here. Every single person out here wants to win an award, and everyone out here wants to win games. UCLA is not represented by 4-8; 4-8 isn’t good enough. That’s not UCLA. You look back and go into the Hall of Fame room, and it’s just incredible, what everyone has done. We have to live up to that standard.”

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