Defensive end Cassius Marsh, who had back-to-back sacks: “They can’t tell us that we’re little boys anymore. No one can doubt us anymore. We’ve been validated. We definitely won the game, that’s for sure.”
The stories in today’s issue of the Los Angeles Daily News:
» My game story, on a dire running back situation paving the way for Myles Jack’s four-touchdown night, the most on the ground for UCLA since Maurice Jones-Drew.
» More on Myles Jack, from columnist Vinny Bonsignore.
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said weeknight games are part of the price of generating national exposure for the conference.
More game notes from UCLA’s 41-31 win over Washington, their eighth straight over the Huskies at the Rose Bowl.
– Your latest dose of Myles Jack hype, this time courtesy of Cassius Marsh and Devin Lucien:
Defensive end Cassius Marsh had his second career touchdown catch, a two-yard grab that gave UCLA a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Brett Hundley found him after faking a handoff to linebacker Myles Jack.
Marsh also relishes his main role in the reverse-wishbone package, which utilizes him as a blocker for Jack.
“I like to block,” he said. “I don’t know why. I think it’s because I’m always on the other side of it. It’s fun to be able to attack the defense. I know it so well. I know where they’re going.”
In the mood for a round of meaningless-but-encouraging awards? Have some midseason All-Pac-12 team mentions, courtesy of college football guru Phil Steele.
Steele named eight UCLA players to his all-conference squads, with outside linebacker Anthony Barr and left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo leading the way on the first team. The pair also landed on Steele’s midseason All-American team, with Barr earning a first-team nod and Su’a-Filo a second.
Center Jake Brendel and linebacker Eric Kendricks both made the midseason second team. Receiver Shaq Evans and running back Steve Manfro joined the pair there, but earned their spots for contributions at kick and punt return.
Quarterback Brett Hundley ended up on the third team, behind Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion. Defensive end Cassius Marsh rounded out the UCLA names on the list.
Defensive end Cassius Marsh apologized Wednesday for swinging at a Cal player this past weekend and getting himself ejected at the Rose Bowl.
The senior committed back-to-back offsides penalties in the second quarter, then reacted when the Bears’ lineman swung at him. UCLA won 37-10, but his three penalties helped set up the Bears’ lone touchdown. Though he was clearly baited, Marsh downplayed that as a mitigating factor.
“It was my fault,” he said. “It was my mistake for reacting. There’s no excuse for my actions. I let down my team, I affected my team, I hurt my team. That’s never OK. I felt horrible about it. It’s a hard thing for me. I’m sure you guys know, it’s been something I’ve been working on my whole career. I will continue to do so. Continue reading
– Many Bruins still have last year’s back-to-back Stanford games fresh in their minds: UCLA’s 35-17 loss at home followed by a 27-24 heartbreaker in the Pac-12 Championship. Head coach Jim Mora is trying to make sure it doesn’t become their primary focus this weekend.
“I hope that — I think somewhere deep down in their psyche is payback, payback, payback,” he said. “But if you make that your main motivation, I think you make a mistake. You have to focus on this game, this year, and what it’s going to take to win this game, this year.”
His role as a coach will be to talk to the team the right way in order to instill calm heading into the weekend.
“You don’t necessarily whip them into a frenzy on a Tuesday,” Mora said. “You let it slowly build so you create the right mindset going into a game.”
– Defensive end Ellis McCarthy is expected to play at Stanford after sitting out last Saturday with a head injury. Continue reading
SAN BERNARDINO – UCLA’s Monday evening practice ended early when a fight broke out between a few players.
The trouble began near the end of the session at Cal State San Bernardino when defensive end Cassius Marsh began scuffling with an offensive player. Tensions rose between offense and defense, escalating when receiver Shaq Evans ran in from the sideline and began jawing loudly with defensive back Anthony Jefferson.
Head coach Jim Mora halted practice half an hour early and made the entire team run widths of the field for roughly 10 minutes. Continue reading
NFL teams drafted four Bruins in April, the highest number for UCLA since 2005. Could the school best that mark next spring?
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ranked the 25 college programs with the most talent for the 2014 draft. The Bruins made the cut, along with four other Pac-12 teams:
Can UCLA’s defensive front survive the loss of a first-round pick — the team’s first since 2006? Cassius Marsh, pegged as a third-round talent in some early projections, now succeeds new Green Bay Packer Datone Jones as the Bruins’ best defensive end. By most observations, he’s matured since 2011, a year that saw him storm out of spring practice and later suspended two games for an October brawl at Arizona.
“Sometimes, he may stop on that line, but not over it,” said defensive line coach Angus McClure. “I call it a ‘controlled insanity.’ You want to go to that line but you don’t want to go over it. Certainly, he’s learned to manage it.”
The rest of the line, however, is a muddled with injuries. Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Ellis McCarthy both sat out spring while rehabbing from their respective hip and knee surgeries, while nose tackle Brandon Tualiaupupu tore his ACL in mid-April. Continue reading
The 2014 NFL draft is less than a year away! Depending on who does or doesn’t declare, the Bruins could have two first-round picks for the first time since 1981.
Here’s a roundup of some too-early mock drafts/prospect rankings.
Brett Hundley — No. 8
Anthony Barr — No. 20
Chris Burke is higher on Hundley than anyone else listed here, and is also lower on Barr — whom he calls a potential “Von Miller-type” should he be drafted by a 4-3 team. The analyst does hedge a bit on the No. 20: “Odds are, in the long run, that Barr might be off the board well before this next April.” Continue reading