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 “Cassius Marsh sorry for losing temper, drawing ejection” »