Three for Three with Jeff Baca

On getting Nick Ekbatani back:
“To get him back means more competition, more rotating, and it is killer. He’s a senior, a returting starter, the only guy who started 12 games last year, and he’s a special player.”

On being forced into action last year:
“The experience I got last year was awesome – they didn’t want to use me; last year the plan was for me to redshirt when I first came in. But its football and I ended up getting thrown in there. That experience is huge. I know so much about the game because of those eight games last year. I see stuff and I know stuff just from experience.”

On having a seven- or eight-man offensive line:
“I’ve never been around an offensive line like this. Last year, we did not have an eight-guy line. We just didn’t have the depth. This year, it’s different to me. Coming out of high school, you have your starting five, and that’s just your starting five. Where he’s from, the NFL, you have an eight-man line and they rotate. I’m a big fan of that.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Three for Three with Jeff Baca

On missing practice with pink eye:
“I’ll be back tomorrow. I’ve been on antibiotics all day. They just needed to get me past the contagious period. I just tried to teach guys and give guys tips that are playing in my spot. I try to help and take mental reps on the sideline if I’m not going to be able to take physical reps.”

On preparing without a game this week:
“You still…it’s just like how do you gear up for the weight room in January when you don’t have a game until September? You just kind of got to do it. It’s the same thing this week. We know we’re going to have a game coming up soon. Instead of three days it’s 10 days. It’s just something that you’ve got to do and get ready for because you know another one is coming. You can’t slack off at all.”

On Nick Ekbatani’s return and potential starting role:
“Coach isn’t vocal about stuff like that. He hasn’t said anything or told us anything. I actually have no idea how that’s going to change things. Today I just know that they rotated in, trying to get guys reps and I know that he (Ekbatani) is a senior. We’ll see from there.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Leftovers

Wayne Moses on the “revenge” factor:
You talk about personnel and personalities and everything, and really, the guys who are going to decide it are between the lines. All the, ‘He said, they said’ – we need to get to be 2-0. Whoever that is in front of us, we need to be 2-0.”

Korey Bosworth on the similarities between last year and this year:
“It’s a totally new team. They have a home game, which is a completely new thing. It’s a whole different factor when you have to leave your home field. We really have to throw everything out the window. Wipe your hands clean, start fresh.”

Korey Bosworth on revenge:
“I’m sure they’ve got that in their minds. But we have that in our minds, too; that nobody thinks we can win. Even last year, nobody thought we could win. When we did, a lot of jaws dropped. But people still doubt us.”

Jeff Baca on pregame hype:
“We’re all buying into this. We have to get this program back to the top, where it belongs. Hopefully, this is our season right here. This is our hype, bringing UCLA back up to the top.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Two for Two with Jeff Baca

On his preference, right tackle or left guard:
“I think it’s still up in the air – I think I’ll find out once I settle down and play a position. I don’t have a preference. It’s not an adjustment that’s too drastic.”

On how UCLA’s planned zone blocking schemes will help him switch back and forth:
“Being in this scheme is pretty universal, everybody almost has the same job. That helps a lot, switching positions. The gap zone part of it, I wouldn’t say it’s easier, but if you just play your gaps, you’re good.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email