UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure makes his pitch for why nose tackle Kenny Clark should be Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, and also talks about the development of sophomore Matt Dickerson and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.
Utah will be without star running back Devontae Booker for at least the rest of the month, giving a tremendous boost to the UCLA defense that visits Salt Lake City on Saturday.
According to both ESPN700 and the Salt Lake Tribune, Booker has been scheduled for a minor meniscus surgery today. He is expected to be out until at least the Utes’ bowl game. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound leads the FBS with 268 carries, and is second in the Pac-12 with 11 touchdown runs. His 1,579 yards from scrimmage accounts for more than 40 percent of Utah’s total offensive output.
The Bruins had praised Booker all week long, with defensive tackle Kenny Clark calling him the “best running back we’ve played all year.”
“Booker’s a tremendous athlete,” Clark said on Wednesday. “Strong runner. Can’t arm tackle him. He’s going to run through arm tackles. … He’s just a powerful runner, man. He’s fast. He has good balance. You hit him, he stays on his feet.”
UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark notched a career-high three sacks against Washington State last weekend, giving him five on the season to tie linebacker Aaron Wallace for the team lead. The junior talked about his pass rushing, as well as what he thinks of Utah running back Devontae Booker.
UCLA remains in control of the Pac-12 South, but after a dispiriting 31-27 loss to Washington State, the Bruins are facing an uphill climb. Here’s our coverage from the Rose Bowl last night.
» Josh Rosen put UCLA up late, but the defense couldn’t close out 69 more seconds.
» The final minute is what stands out, but the Bruins made plenty of mistakes earlier, particularly in the red zone.
» Ka’imi Fairbairn set a new Pac-12 career scoring record in the first quarter.