As a return to his home state looms this week, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack talked his contentious history with the Washington fanbase, controlling his emotions, playing running back, and what he thinks of the Huskies’ two-way star Shaq Thompson.
UCLA’s Eric Kendricks and Myles Jack were both named among 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given each year to the best linebacker in the country.
Kendricks leads the Pac-12 with 93 tackles this season, and is just 43 tackles away from tying Jerry Robinson’s all-time school record of 468. The senior is coming off one of the best games of his career: a 16-tackle performance in the Bruins’ 40-37 win at Colorado that included an interception, as well as three third-down stops to force a punt or a field goal. All but one of his tackles were unassisted.
Head coach Jim Mora called it Kendricks’ best game of the season, adding that the tackle total wasn’t inflated by plays farther down the field. Continue reading
Myles Jack sometimes still watches film of UCLA’s 38-33 loss to Arizona State in 2013, one in which the then-freshman played exclusively on offense: “That was a tough game. That was a hard game to swallow.”