Freshmen Of Influence

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It’s still early but some of the freshmen are emerging: Everyone’s heard about wide receiver Juju Smith’s excellent play. Who else? At the scrimmage, cornerback Jonathan Lockett made some plays, including a blocked field goal. Safety John Plattenburg keeps getting mentions from the coaches.

Bryce Dixon is noticeable especially because of the tight end shortage. Adoree Jackson’s been hurt the past few days but should get plenty of time at cornerback. Wide receiver Ajene Harris (above) has made plays and done better initially than I expected.

It is always easier to gain attention at the skill positions. At the same time, I’m a little surprised none of the freshmen linemen other than Toa Lobendahn seem to be challenging for a starting spot yet with essentially three open spots.

Damien Mama’s getting reps at right guard but is clearly behind Khaliel Rodgers. Viane Talamaivao’s been over at left guard firmly behind Lobendahn. And Chris Brown’s been behind them.

Defensively, not much has been said about linebacker Olajuwon Tucker, who is physically imposing. Or defensive end Malik Dorton. Or linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. This is not a negative because these guys are barely a 10 days into their college careers. But everyone always wants to know about the freshmen and that’s the current status.

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  • UCLA Bleauz

    Thank you, Scott.. this report was well written, informative, succinct and without emotion..See, Violet?.. I can give credit where and when credit is due

    • Violet

      Bravo, well done. This was a pretty good report.

      • Jethro G Sabbath

        Have you retired from acting?

        • Violet

          Why do you keep asking me this? Are you setting me up for some kind of “zinger”? I once played a sunflower in my 1st grade play, but nothing since.

          Any other film or video is “unathorized”!

          • UCLA Bleauz

            I’ll take a mouthful of sunflower seeds…. ;)

          • Violet

            You almost made my entire Bunco group fall out of their chairs!

          • TrojanFamily

            Bucket plays Bunco too?

            #Bucketisintouchwithhisfemininesidetoday

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            I keep asking because you don’t answer. You always talk about bunco but never about your movie roles.

  • party_opponent

    “At the same time, I’m a little surprised none of the freshmen linemen other than Toa Lobendahn seem to be challenging for a starting spot yet with essentially three open spots.”

    I blame Kiffin.