Neuheisel On:

Neuheisel on the post-practice skirmish between Stanley Hasiak and Reggie Carter:
“We have a bunch of guys who are willing to stand up. Now it’s just, stand up at the appropriate times. I’m enthused by the fight in our team, now it just has to be harnessed.”

On preparing for a new head coach in San Diego State’s Brady Hoke:
“You just try to harness as much info from the backgrounds of the particular coaches. And you guess. You guess. The hard part about that for us is you’ve got so many new players that you feel like you might be giving them too much. Stuff that they might not need to know because it might not happen. It’s a quandary. It’s tough.”

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Three for the D

Chiming in real quick from Hawaii, but it looks like UCLA has landed three players on the Bednarik Award watch list.
With Brian Price, Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner on the list, the Bruins tie Penn State for tops in the country.
The Bednarik Award is essentially the top defensive honor in college football, and three Nittany Lions have won the award a total of four times – Paul Posluszny (twice), Dan Connor and Lavar Arrington.
USC’s Rey Maualuga won last season.

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Throwback Threads

Coach Neuheisel revealed a powder blue throwback jersey that the Bruins will wear in their Nov. 7 matchup with Washington.

The jersey is a throwback to the 1967 uniform worn by Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban. Beban led UCLA to a 7-2-1 record at quarterback and, according to a UCLA press release, will serve as honorary Homecoming captain.

Several players, including Reggie Carter, wore the throwback jerseys at Media Day.

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Reggie Carter at Media Day

On the retuning defense:
“Last year, we didn’t finish first in the conference or in the country,” Carter said. “There was nothing to be too excited about. We have a lot of improvement to make, a lot of room to get better. Our goal is to dominate and be the best in the conference. There’s no way we can drop off because we’re still working to get better and we’re hungry for victory. Regardless of how we think we did, we won four games last year, and that’s a terrible season.”

On Reggie Carter:
“I have all the confidence in myself,” Carter said. “If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? I think I’m unstoppable, and I’m going to play like it. My teammates think that, too.”

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Media Day continued

Rick Neuheisel on UCLA’s team leaders:
“Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner on defense, Logan Paulsen on offense – those are all big time leaders. They’ve been around here. They’ve been here through good times and lean times. Those guys all understand what it takes. They watched a senior class last year do the best they could and fall short. I know they’re eager to maybe even take it a notch up.”

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