UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure talked about how impressive defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa looked in last weekend’s season opener at Virginia — but admitted he may have played the senior a little too much. He also reviewed the career debuts of true freshmen Matt Dickerson and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner.
UCLA’s offensive line allowed five sacks and committed five false starts in a 28-20 win at Virginia. Position coach Adrian Klemm was not happy: “It was probably one of the sh–tiest performances I’ve been a part of as a player or a coach.”
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Watching Jordan Payton play football can sometimes feel like watching a battering ram dressed in pads and a helmet.
UCLA’s junior receiver doesn’t jump the highest. He won’t wow anyone with pure speed. But you can be damn sure the 6-foot-1, 213-pound wideout isn’t going down on the first tackle.
Payton caught eight passes for 98 yards on Saturday, setting new career highs and playing a key role in the Bruins’ 28-20 win at Virginia.
His capped the game in fitting fashion. With 3:07 left in the fourth quarter, the Bruins were backed up on their own 18-yard line. On third-and-9, quarterback Brett Hundley zipped the ball to Payton, who shook off a defensive back and took off for a 35-yard reception. With a fresh set of downs, the team had enough time to run down the clock and escape its season opener unscathed. Continue reading
Playing in his first game since 2012, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa returned from multiple hip surgeries and looked like a star in UCLA’s 28-20 win at Virginia. The senior shared his thoughts about the Bruins’ season opener, one in which he helped cause two interceptions — both quickly turning into touchdowns.
After a star performance in UCLA’s 28-20 win over Virginia, linebacker Eric Kendricks was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
The senior recorded a game-high 16 tackles against the Cavaliers, but also made two more highlight plays: forcing a fumble that turned into a 75-yard touchdown return for safety Randall Goforth, and taking back a pick-six of his own a few minutes later.
Despite all that, he didn’t seem satisfied.
“I left a lot of stuff on the field,” Kendricks said Monday. “I can improve every week. I made a lot of little rookie mistakes. … If you watch the film, you’d see that I made some key mistakes in the pass game as far as drops and stuff like that, so I’m gonna get back to it.” Continue reading