UCLA already has three conference losses after falling to Washington State on Saturday, but the Bruins still have a chance to clinch the Pac-12 South with wins at Utah and USC.
That lifeline came courtesy of the No. 18 Utes’ loss to unranked Arizona, a game that ended while UCLA was still trying to pull away from the Cougars.
“Us as players, we’re not going to admit it,” said running back Paul Perkins. “Well, we will– We always look at the scores and see what’s going on around college football. … Once we lost, we realized we still had a mulligan.”
He also talked about the Bruins’ success on the road, as well as quarterback Josh Rosen’s development.
UCLA will likely have its top two running backs in uniform again against Colorado this weekend.
Paul Perkins, who was the Pac-12’s leading rusher in 2014, and backup Nate Starks have recovered from their injuries enough to suit up for Saturday’s noon kickoff, head coach Jim Mora said Thursday.
“I would assume that both of them would play,” he said. “It looks like they’re both on track to play. I’m not too worried. I was more worried about Paul earlier in the week, but he’s done fine.”
Perkins injured his left knee in the second quarter of last week’s 40-24 win over Cal, after running for 73 yards on 11 carries. Starks was sidelined with a concussion that he sustained two weeks ago at Stanford.
How much the two backs play remains to be seen. The Buffaloes have what is statistically the weakest rushing defense in the Pac-12, allowing 209.5 yards per game and an average of 5.06 yards per carry. Continue reading →
UCLA freshman Soso Jamabo got his most significant workload yet last Thursday, when he took 18 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown in a win over Cal.
The five-star recruit has run with a bit more power lately after struggling with lowering his pad level when he first entered the program.
“Whenever I’m making plays,” Jamabo said, “or just in the game period, it’s always little flashes of, ‘You’re doing this right, but at the same time, you can do this better.’ It’s just being consistent, and working on the things I’m not very good at right now.”
He’ll likely receive a healthy share of touches again this Saturday at noon against Colorado. Starting running back Paul Perkins injured his knee last week, and left Tuesday’s practice after about 80 minutes.