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This is the beginning of the story of how UCLA football returns to glory
UCLA Bruins 2011 Media Guide
With coach Rick Neuheisel recently being fired following his crack cocaine and hooker addition becoming public, the UCLA program has turned to University of Tennessee alum Michael Bratton to turn the program around. He really has his work cut out for him. Bratton brings a Pro Style attack to a Bruins program that ranked 116th in passing in the nation in 2010. Hoping to salvage the career of Junior QB Kevin Prince, however if Prince cannot get it done dual threat hotshot recruit Brett Hundley comes to campus this summer. Hundley will be given every opportunity to win the starting job but expect Prince to be the opening day starter, based on experience and a slightly better arm. Whoever wins the job will be handing the ball to one of the Pac-12's leading returning rushers Jonathan Franklin who rushed for 1,127 yards last season. His backup Derrick Coleman, no relation to the NBA player, is a solid number two option. Look for the Bruins to lean heavy on the run during Bratton's first year as coach. The receiving corp has talent, including 6'5" Taylor Embree, although have failed to live up to expectations and have been known more for crucial drops then game breaking plays.
On defense the story is much of the same, there is talent however the Bruins ranked 94th in total defense last season and 86th is scoring defense and that was with two second round picks whom have left the program and on to the NFL. The strength of the defense will be the defensive ends and the secondary, if the Bruins can disrupt the pocket and the secondary to force some big plays the defense could turn things around sooner rather then later. Look for SS Tony Dye to lead this young defense in year 1 of the Bratton era.
As for special teams, the Bruins return one of the best punters in the nation in Jeff Locke. Hopefully they won't lean on him to carry the team, otherwise it could be an extremely long season. The Bruins say goodbye to 2010 Lou Groza winner Kai Forbath, it will be a true challenge to replace him with anyone on the roster. Don't be surprised if Locke handles both kicking duties this fall.
2011 Schedule (Prediction)
@ Houston (*)
vs San Jose State (W)
vs Texas (L)
@ Oregon State (*)
@ Stanford (L)
vs Washington State (W)
@ Arizona (W)
vs California (W)
vs Arizona State (*)
@ Utah (W)
vs Colordo (W)
@ USC (L)
Pac-12 Championship - site to be determined
* = swing game
With two potential top 15 opponents in the first five games the schedule isn't doing the Bruins any favors. The Houston and Oregon State games will go along way to determining how well the season plays out. Many games for the Bruins this season look like swing games. They won't know what they have until they hit the field and start hitting. A couple early upsets and this team could possibly compete for their division title in the new look Pac-12. A couple early losses and they could be missing a bowl game for the second strait year.
I waxed FAU 29-10. They had 5 turnovers, including their first 3 possessions. FAU was really over matched. It never really was a game, not as close as the score indicates. My starting QB tore a muscle in his shoulder, he's out 8 weeks.
Week 2 UCLA @ Houston
Houston started the game strong, mixing up the pass and the run made it tough for UCLA to stop. Beall their running back capped the opening drive off with a 42 yard run:
After that run I was pretty disheartened, but I came back strong with a good drive capped off with a long TD pass.
Later on in the 1st quarter my star OLB Westgate made the play of the game, pick 6 against Case Keenan:
Later in the 2nd quarter by safety makes a great play in the end zone to keep Houston from scoring right before half.
The 2nd half was more of the same for Houston, turnovers that killed them.
Final score: UCLA 21 Houston 7
My tenacious D came to play for the second strait week, shutting down the high flying Houston offense. UCLA forced 4 INT's, 2 in the endzone, which killed any momentum Houston had.
R. Brehaut 7 for 12 for 124 yards and 2 TD's. Good job of managing the game for UCLA.
J. Franklin had 75 yards on 15 carries and a receiving TD before getting hurt in the 3rd quarter
R. Marvray had 3 catches for 94 yards and a TD
S. Westgate lead the team with 9 tackles and had a pick 6
D. Riley had 2 INT's to go along with 7 tackles
T. Dye had an INT as well
Total offense: 241, 13 1st downs, 100% conversions in the red zone
C. Keenan 16 for 33 for 250 yards and 4 INT's
B. Beall had 93 yards on 13 attempts and a TD
J. Johnson had 7 catches for 96 yards
N. Saenz had 9 tackles
Total offense: 343 yards, 15 1st downs, 0% conversions in the red zone
great write up
Texas 3 UCLA 38
This game was never in question. I scored a TD on the first possession and a field goal my next possession. I really shut down their offense, they had 4 first downs for the game and 84 yards of total offense! UCLA's defense is back in a big way!
Jonathan Franklin was player of the game, he had 33 carries for 188 yards and 4 TD's!
UCLA attempts to bounce back after the loss to Oregon State against #3 in the nation Stanford. Coach Bratton commented before the game, "The only way we are going to win this game is to win the turnover battle and play a great defensive game."
On UCLA's first possession, they did anything but follow coaches game plan. Pick 6 for Stanford.
Stanford takes the early 7-0 lead. It's not looking good for UCLA.
The next UCLA possession we go back to our bread and butter, 50 yard TD run for Franklin.
Next Stanford possession, on 3rd and 32, Andrew Luck reminds us why he is so coveted by the NFL.
The next couple of quarters the teams combine for 3 FG's, both defenses have really come to play today!
In the third quarter UCLA QB Richard Beuhart pulled one out of his ass on a busted play.
On the next possession Andrew Luck forces one that he really wants back...
A late rally by Stanford is too little too late, final score: UCLA 27 Stanford 24
Stanford is dethroned!
UCLA @ Arizona State
This game was an offensive struggle to say the least. Both teams had a chance to get closer to locking up the Pac-12 South division with a win, so you knew going in the game was going to be a tough one!
UCLA QB Richard Brehaunt connected on a hailmary pass for a gain of 31 yards, after it was tipped twice. That says everything you need to know about this game, that was the longest offensive play of the day for either team and the ball just didn't want to bounce Arizona States way.
Arizona State QB Brock Osweller ended up throwing 3 picks against the stout UCLA defense, two in the end zone. That really killed any momentum they had all day.
UCLA kicker Jeff Locke continues his stellar season making 3 of 3 kicks (long of 45 yards), which were the only scores of the day.
UCLA 9 Arizona State 0
1st Downs: 9
Total Yards: 247
Passing Yards: 91
Rushing Yards: 104
1st Downs: 8
Total Yards: 213
Passing Yards: 106
Rushing Yards: 23
UCLA @ Utah
UCLA wins their sixth in a row by a score of 49-21!
The first quarter was a score fest as the teams combined for 28 points! The game was very back and forth as the defensive's really looked worn down as the season winds down. The deference came in the 2nd quarter as UCLA kept up the frantic pace and Utah just couldn't, as the Bruins score 28 in the 2nd and Utah is shut out. UCLA gave their starter the 4th quarter off to rest up for the rest of the Pac-12 schedule.
UCLA RB Jonathan Franklin rushed for 267 yards and 2 TD's!!! Utah backup QB Tyler Schreve passed for 225 yards and a TD after replacing the injured starter Wynn (UCLA LB Westgate knocked his ass out for two weeks!).
Alamo Bowl 2012
UCLA (11-2) vs OKLAHOMA STATE (8-4)
story to come...
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