Bill Roth spent nearly three decades at Virginia Tech, but left Blacksburg to become UCLA’s new play-by-play announcer this week. After the Bruins’ practice on April 23, he talked about why he decided to make the move, when he knew about the possibility, and some of his career influences.
All-everything linebacker Myles Jack is good at a lot of things, but he wants to be a better pass rusher.
“I feel like things have slowed down,” he said. “I understand the angles, what I need to do in certain situations more with a year under my belt. Watching film this offseason, I understand more what I need to do. Hopefully it’s going to transpire this year. That’s really what I’m working on, to get a sack this year. One at least.
“I didn’t get one last year. I was kind of upset about that.”
Didn’t you sneak one sack in at the end of UCLA’s last season?
But Myles, you were credited with one in the Sun Bowl. There it is on the box score: In the third quarter, on 2nd-and-12 at the UCLA 30-yard line, you sacked Mark Leal for eight yards.
“Oh, I did? Oh, OK. I’ll take that.”
In Wednesday’s edition of the Daily News:
— My story on UCLA’s 42-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl, and where the Bruins sit heading into 2014. (Mainly, awaiting Brett Hundley’s NFL draft decision.)
— Jill Painter’s column on why quarterback Hundley should go pro after his standout showing in El Paso.
— A notebook on linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, who closed his UCLA career with co-MVP honors in the Sun Bowl.