“Last year we went 4-8, the year before, we weren’t much better. This felt like a cleansing, a surreal moment. This isn’t the ’08 Bruins, this is 2009. Seeing everyone’s emotions out there, you can see it that everyone is honed in. The young guys, the old guys – everybody’s ready for a change.”
“It was a really emotional win for me and my brother, with my grandfather passing. To see my mom up there, crying in the stands, Korey and I just looked at each other, and we started tearing up a bit. We know he was watching. Wish he could have been here.”
On his punishing hit of SDSU’s Brandon Sullivan:
“I told Reggie Carter and a couple guys, ‘I’m back!’ It feels so good, words can’t even describe it. When you make hits like that, it never hurts. When I saw him, I just went for it. It felt real good.”
On the 14-3 deficit to start the game:
“We had everyone’s adrenaline pumping and everyone’s nerves were kind of pumping, and they had a couple of good drives on us. But once all that happened, and it was all of a sudden 14-3, we all came up as a defense and said, ‘Calm down, you know what to do.’ After that second touchdown, five three-and-outs, and things started clicking.”
On the UCLA defense not panicking:
“We’ve got vocal leaders and we’ve got show leaders. We have a lot of veterans. We kind of looked at each other and knew within ourselves that we need to step up our game, not let those little BS things keep happening to us. But for some of the younger guys, it does help to have guys come together and verbalize it. Even if they were saying things we already knew.”
Practice ended with a spirited run-through, with players seeming very eager for Saturday to come quickly.
The Bosworths were back on the field, Jeff Baca was primarily running with the first team at left guard and Tony Dye appears to have separated himself at strong safety.
I spoke with several players about the air-quality issue, and they are very anxious to play. They do not want to see this game postponed…
Foster Louis Bosworth Jr., the grandfather of Korey and Kyle Bosworth, passed away yesterday in Texas. The Bosworths will remain with the family for a few days, and are expected to return for practice on Sunday.
Both Bosworths said their grandfather was instrumental in their lives. All my condolences.
Running back Christian Ramirez was at practice on crutches and wearing a walking boot. Ramirez said he has not had X-rays and does not know if he will. Johnathan Franklin ran with the first time and performed well.
Kyle and Korey Bosworth missed practice because of a family matter.
Kyle Bosworth on what he saw from the offense:
“I definitely saw good things; I saw the running game improve – we definitely have some guys in the backfield. We have some weapons. But also, on special teams, Thigpen was so fast, man. That’s going to be our X-factor right there. I definitely saw some things that were missing last year.
On finding defensive playmakers beyond Brian Price, Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner:
“Defense is 11 guys, and having a couple good guys who can make those big plays are crucial, but I think we have a really solid defensive front. The whole 11, really.”
On the defense’s progress against a young offense:
“You really can’t gauge – these are your guys, and for two weeks in camp you’ve gone against them. You want to do really well against them, and we have, but I can’t say we have better talent or worse talent than other teams. These aren’t the guys we’re gonna play at USC or Oregon.”