Happy rivalry week, friends. If you have UCLA football questions, as the Bruins face USC on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN) at the Rose Bowl, then leave them below or shoot me an email — firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post answers THURSDAY.
Is Kennedy Polamalu a good coach? Does he just need time?
When you look at his track record of producing running backs at both the college and NFL level (Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, Paul Perkins), that should probably tell you that he has some skill as a coach — a developer of players, an educator of young people. I think he remains highly respected among players and fellow coaches, despite the immensely disappointing performance from the offense this year. Continue reading “Weekly Q&A – Oregon State answers” »
Leave your UCLA football-related questions below — or shoot me an email at thnguyen(at)scng(dot)com — as the Bruins face Oregon State on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins need three wins in their last three games to earn a shot at a bowl game. I’ll post answers to your questions on THURSDAY.
With Josh Rosen done for the year, wouldn’t it make sense to get Devon Modster some experience for next year? We are losing these games anyway with Mike Fafaul. I’m sure he is a good kid but 4-8 is 4-8.
The other reporters and I were discussing this as well, and yes, it does seem to make sense to give one of the freshmen experience, but there are also other things to consider. You don’t want to make it just any experience for him; you want to make sure it’s a good experience and he can have success and build confidence. It’s hard to come by that kind of success when you’ve been servicing the scout team the entire year and running around trying to be a different person every week at practice.
Also, if one of the freshmen gets experience, how important is that really going to be next year when you assume/hope that Rosen will be back and healthy anyway? It would be different if Rosen was leaving and UCLA was looking for someone for next year, but experience or not, Modster (or Lynch) would still be the backup next year. Do you want an “experienced” backup? Sure, that’s always the dream, but then it brings us back to the first concern of whether that experience was good and built confidence. For Fafaul’s sake, I don’t think he’s the reason why they’re losing these games. He’s prone to turnovers, which is a huge problem, but if he had even a middling running game to help him out, then I honestly think the results would have been different. He’s cut his teeth for four years now, understanding 100 percent that he’s probably not going to play and now he’s got this chance and he’s trying to make the most of it. Let the dude live a little.
For those wondering, I think it is indeed Modster in line after Fafaul and before Matt Lynch. The two true freshmen are still essentially QB3 and QB3a, but this week, when Rosen was not on the practice field, Modster was not dressed as a scout-team quarterback, suggesting that he was taking the No. 2 reps to Fafaul. This is the first time I recall in the past few weeks that Modster wasn’t dressed as a scout-team quarterback.
With one of the Pac-12’s stingiest defenses and a balanced offense, Colorado is the surprise leader of the Pac-12 South. The Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1) are in the midst of their best season since 2005. We caught up with Brain Howell of The Daily Camera and BuffZone.com to figure out what’s behind Colorado’s big season.
1. From the outside, it seems like this Colorado team came out of nowhere. Not many people expected the Buffs to be anywhere than last in the Pac-12 South and now they have a very real chance of winning the division. From someone who has followed regularly, what indications (if any) were there that this year would unfold this way?
The Buffs have been better than I expected, but I did predict they’d win seven games and get to a bowl game because I did see them as a team ready to win. First and foremost was the experience factor. They are loaded with seniors and juniors this year, many of them playing significant roles, and many of those guys have seen the field throughout their careers. With that, the leadership on this team is phenomenal, and since the end of last season, there’s just been a different vibe around this team because of that leadership. They’ve managed to put that all together and now they’ve confidence to go with it. Going up tempo on offense has helped, too. That’s brought a new attitude to the offense. Continue reading “Five questions: The Daily Camera’s Brian Howell on Colorado” »