UCLA linebackers coach Scott White talks about what he’s seen out of his position group, including the play of inside linebackers Jayon Brown and Kenny Young.
Linebacker Kenny Young — a Louisiana native — shared some of his thoughts on the UCLA-USC rivalry, including how it compares to Alabama-LSU.
“It’s both crazy,” he said. “I’ve been up there in Baton Rouge when it’s Alabama-LSU. It’s crazy. But over here, last year when we played SC, it was crazy too. The whole vibe was different.”
Young added that he didn’t understand the nature of the Los Angeles football rivalry until he arrived in Westwood. He had only been familiar with the Trojans until his junior year at John Curtis Christian High.
“When I came here,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh, it’s that big?'”
UCLA safety Tahaan Goodman should have been called for a targeting penalty against Washington State on Saturday, said Pac-12 vice president of officiating David Coleman.
Appearing on Pac-12 Networks today to talk specifically about targeting fouls, Coleman analyzed a few calls from the weekend with network analyst Mike Yam. One was Goodman launching himself head first at WSU quarterback Luke Falk, who had left the game earlier with an apparent head injury but returned to start the second half.
“It’s a definite– It’s a launch,” Coleman said. “We have to have our antenna up when something like that happens. As you see from this shot, there is definitely elbow to helmet contact, and that’s a targeting foul. …
“(Falk) had definitely given himself up (by sliding). And then you see the other player coming like he is, something bad is going to happen in a situation like that.” Continue reading
UCLA inside linebackers Isaako Savaiinaea and Kenny Young are both questionable to play at Oregon State next Saturday, head coach Jim Mora said.
Savaiinaea hurt his ankle against Cal more than a week ago, and was on the sideline in street clothes during the Bruins’ 35-31 win over Colorado yesterday. Young left in the second quarter with what Mora called an upper body injury.
Without the pair unavailable, UCLA put true freshman Josh Woods in for his first career appearance. He pulled his hamstring after about 12 plays.
Mora also listed as questionable offensive tackle Kolton Miller (knee), receiver Devin Fuller (ankle), receiver Stephen Johnson III, defensive back Ishmael Adams, offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, and cornerback Marcus Rios as questionable to play in Corvallis — but added that he doesn’t have a great “feel” for their status this early in the week.
UCLA left tackle Conor McDermott is “very questionable” to play against Cal this Thursday after spraining his knee, head coach Jim Mora said Sunday.
Arguably the best player on the Bruins’ offensive line, the 6-foot-9 redshirt junior missed the second half of this past Thursday’s 56-35 loss at Stanford. He was able to walk unassisted, but with a limp, after the game and had an MRI the next day.
“He was actually walking without a limp (today),” Mora said. “He has a brace on. We’ll just have to see.”
If McDermott doesn’t play, redshirt freshman Kolton Miller will be in line to make his first career start.
UCLA lost two other starters at Stanford. Continue reading