UCLA links: Bruins likely short-handed at linebacker

Hawaii wide receiver Kalakaua Timoteo, center, drops the ball and gets leveled by UCLA linebacker Josh Woods, left, and hit from behind by defensive back Mossi Johnson (21) at the goal line, Woods was penalized for targeting and ejected, during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. UCLA won 56-23. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

The Pac-12 issued a statement Monday evening acknowledging the officiating error that left a crushing hit on Kenny Young unpenalized, but UCLA head coach Jim Mora said the public comment from the conference did little to rectify the error as one of the biggest leaders on the UCLA defense is working through the concussion protocol before the team’s game against Memphis on Saturday at 9 a.m.

“It was clear, it was concise, it was beyond reproach that it was a violent, flagrant target and for some reason the process failed,” Mora said of a blindside block that knocked Young out of the game in the first quarter.

Young’s status is uncertain as he works through concussion protocol, but fellow linebacker Josh Woods will surely be out for the first half against Memphis for the targeting call that he drew in the fourth quarter against Hawaii. Mora said there is no appeal process for rescinding the suspension.

More on the two controversial calls that could leave the Bruins without two of their starting linebackers. 

UCLA doesn’t officially discuss injuries during the season, so when it comes to the statuses of other players, here’s what we know and can speculate: Continue reading “UCLA links: Bruins likely short-handed at linebacker” »

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Jim Mora named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora walks back toward the lock room at half time during a NCAA college football game against the Texas A&M Aggies at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Head coach Jim Mora was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week after UCLA completed a 34-point comeback against Texas A&M on Sunday.

“Coach Mora’s Bruins certainly made a comeback for the ages,” Jim Terry, the chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, said in a statement. “Week one of the college football season had some amazing coaching performances, but we felt that UCLA’s come-from-behind victory stood out from the rest of the pack.”

The Bruins went into halftime trailing by 28 and fell behind by 34 with 4:08 left in the third quarter before turning in five straight touchdown drives to notch the second-biggest comeback in NCAA history.

Quarterback Josh Rosen was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his career-high 491 yards and four touchdowns during the victory.

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