UCLA assistant Jeff Ulbrich named defensive coordinator

Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich has been promoted to defensive coordinator, making official a promotion that had been expected for weeks. He fills the vacancy left by Lou Spanos, who left the Bruins last month to become the Tennessee Titans’ linebackers coach.

Ulbrich was also the team’s special teams coordinator, a unit that leads the country in blocked kicks and punts over the last two seasons, and was top-20 last fall in both kick and punt return coverage. The 36-year-old was nominated for the 2013 Broyles Award for college football’s top assistant coach. Continue reading

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Titans hire UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos

The Tennessee Titans have hired UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos as their new linebackers coach, the NFL team announced today.

Before joining the Bruins’ staff two seasons ago, Spanos had worked in the pros for 17 years, including a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers marked by two Super Bowl wins.

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Steelers tight ends coach, and later offensive coordinator, while Spanos was there.

“He has put together a great body of work during his career,” Whisenhunt said in a statement. Continue reading

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Notes and quotes: UCLA 37, Cal 10

UCLA hardly looked unstoppable in its 37-10 win over Cal Saturday, but it did enough to earn its place as a top-10 team.

Some notes from the night:

– The defense held Cal to a season-low 320 offensive yards. The Bears’ 10 points were the lowest of Sonny Dykes’ (relatively short) head coaching career. If not for some untimely penalties, the Bruins might have kept Cal out of the end zone entirely.

The front seven continued its run as one of the conference’s best, sacking true freshman quarterback Jared Goff three times and coming up with clutch stops. Safety Randall Goforth had an interception, while cornerbacks Ishmael Adams and Fabian Moreau combined for three pass breakups. Continue reading

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Lou Spanos: Cal receivers best UCLA has yet seen


Lou Spanos agreed that Cal receivers Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper are the best UCLA has yet to face this season. “By far,” the Bruins defensive coordinator said. “They’re tremendous kids. They got speed and they got some size too. They give us a great challenge.”

Harper and Treggs rank fourth and eighth in the Pac-12 with 558 and 418 receiving yards, respectively. (The stat is skewed a bit by Cal throwing a conference-high 55 times per game.) Spanos also said that the Bears’ four-receiver packages bore some resemblance to ones Utah used at Rice-Eccles Stadium last Thursday.

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Defensive coordinator Lou Spanos talks Utah offense


UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said this year’s Utah team uses very similar personnel to the 2012 squad that lost 21-14 at the Rose Bowl. One key difference is the maturity of sophomore Travis Wilson, who went from averaging 3.3 rushing yards per game to 62.75 — third-best among conference quarterbacks. Continue reading

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Anthony Barr: “If I were to have to choose today, I would probably stay.”

Anthony Barr talks NFL Draft by thejackwang

Was it hard to get over the Rose Bowl loss?

First couple of days after that loss were tough. We came back as a team, just kind of regrouped, talked about the season and the accomplishments we’ve made. Put that behind us and looked forward to this game. I think we’re all excited. I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m glad it’s close to home.

How much are you thinking about the talk around declaring for the NFL Draft?

I’m trying not to think about it too much. I know it’s kind of getting to that time. Continue reading

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