The Bruins still have their heads up. UCLA football (0-4) remains the only winless team in the Pac-12, but the players and coaches are encouraged by the progress they are seeing in practice and on game days. Coach Chip Kelly highlighted quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson as one of the bright spots in the Bruins’ past few games. Kelly said the freshman has impressed him most through his ability and willingness to learn. “He’s really even-keeled, he doesn’t flustered out there,” Kelly said. “Sometimes the moment can get too big for younger kids – you know, they kind of get overwhelmed with it. He’s never once been overwhelmed by the moment and so you love coaching him because of his approach to everything. He wants to get better every day and he wants to learn every day.” Thompson-Robinson ranks near the bottom of the conference in most significant quarterback statistics, but he has been good at taking care of the football. Of the … [Read more...] about Spirits remain strong for UCLA football despite season’s disappointing start
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The No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0), led by quarterback Tua Tagobvailoa, meet the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (1-2), led by quarterback Andre Nunez, in an NCAA Week 5 college football game on Saturday, September 29, 2018 (9/29/18) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Click here for picks and predictions from Week 5 in college football. We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link. App users: For the best mobile experience, use the mobile web version. Here's what you need to know: Who: Louisiana vs. Alabama What: NCAA football When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala. Time: 12 p.m. Eastern TV: SECN Livestream: SEC Sports Watch Line: Alabama -48 Series record: Alabama leads 8-0. AP Top 25 poll WHAT'S AT STAKE? Alabama starts a stretch of four straight games against unranked opponents and has won an FBS-record 76 games in a row … [Read more...] about College Football Scores 2018: Louisiana vs. Alabama LIVE SCORE UPDATES and STATS (9/29/18)
The Bruins have a clean slate and a chance at redemption – but it is not going to get any easier. After failing to get a win during nonconference play, UCLA football (0-3) will get to start fresh with the beginning of its Pac-12 schedule Friday. The Bruins are also coming off of their bye week, and freshman defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia said the players took the time away from game planning to focus on their mechanics and finding a team identity. “Just getting a lot better fundamentally, tactically, … know who the team is as a whole,” Ogbonnia said. “We took, like, a day off I think. But it’s been good – we’ve been getting a couple practices in, so we’ve been working hard to get better.” The Bruins are committed to their youth, and the growing pains through the first three games of the season have been evident while UCLA has been losing by an average of 20.33 points per game and has not yet scored more than 21 points in a … [Read more...] about UCLA football looks to fix execution issues for beginning of conference play schedule
With Chip Kelly behind the wheel, UCLA football was expected to speed through the ranks of college football. One game against a mid-major program pumped the brakes on that plan. Behind their potential offensive backfield of the future, the Bruins (0-1) were unable to sustain any offense against the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0), falling 26-17 on Saturday night. Even though Kelly’s offenses during his tenure in Oregon were known for their prolific output, UCLA only mustered 306 yards on 68 plays. The offense also produced four three-and-outs and two turnovers on downs. The second of those, on the Bruins’ penultimate drive, came after Kelly’s decision to go for it on 4th and 1 from his own 36-yard line. But true freshman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s pass flew behind redshirt sophomore receiver Dymond Lee and off his outstretched hands. The Bearcats subsequently mauled their way down the field for running back Michael Warren’s third one-yard touchdown … [Read more...] about UCLA football opens Chip Kelly era with 26-17 home loss to Cincinnati
By Thuc Nhi Nguyen | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: August 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm | UPDATED: August 30, 2018 at 1:19 pm It’s game week, and finally, people have questions about the quarterback situation. If only we had answers as well. This week, we got an official confirmation of what we already knew. The quarterback race was, and still is, between three candidates: Wilton Speight, Devon Modster and Dorian Thompson-Robinson. It took three weeks to get the public confirmation from the coaching staff. At the very longest, they can delay the decision only two more days as the Bruins face Cincinnati on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. There’s a lot that will finally be figured out about the Bruins on Saturday, from quarterbacks to running back to just how many linebackers have even survived until game day. The long wait for answers will end soon. As always, I welcome your questions for this weekly mailbag feature. Shoot them to me on Twitter @thucnhi21 or by email … [Read more...] about UCLA football mailbag: Quarterback by committee?