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18 Apr 19
CollegeFootballTalk

Colt Garrett will take two years of eligibility with him as he enters the NCAA transfer portal.

18 Apr 19
WOW-RAK

Ravi Shastri appointed as RAKEZ Corporate Ambassador Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) has welcomed Ravi Shastri, Head Coach of the India National Cricket Team, former India Cricketer and TV commentator, as its exclusive Corporate Ambassador to the Indian business community. As the face of RAKEZ, Mr Shastri will be representing RAKEZ in networking events, […]

18 Apr 19
Colusa County News - (530) 458-4141

The Colusa RedHawks showed great skill in Friday’s game against the Pierce Bears with a win of 18-0.  RedHawk Christian Lyss was effective out on the field and with his pitching. Lyss was one of four pitchers, who not only racked up points, but also developed valuable experience on the mound as the team gears […]

18 Apr 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
I Guess So

My adorable son was born four and a half months ago, and these have been the hardest four and a half months of my life. I know, you hear the same thing from every parent; but my son is,…like, a really good baby! He’s such a nice person in fact, that I know that these […]

18 Apr 19

As April grinds away, College Football teams are finishing up their spring practices. Spring games are a fans last chance to watch football for the forseeable future, but also give a glimpse into the team they will be seeing next year. As a bulk of the teams depart for a few months, before summer conditioning […]

18 Apr 19
Press Telegram
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Daily News
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Daily Breeze
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Pasadena Star News
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Orange County Register
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Whittier Daily News
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Redlands Daily Facts
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Press Enterprise
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
Daily Bulletin
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.
18 Apr 19
SCNG
LOS ANGELES — Every practice for five weeks, UCLA defensive linemen repeatedly ran through the same circuit of drills every morning. They smacked tackling dummies, high-stepped over cones and rushed at a grad assistant pretending to be a quarterback … then did it all over again the next day. The Bruins, tied for the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 last year, hope the extra practice produces a much-needed pass rush. “We weren’t great at that last year and it’s something we have to obviously improve upon,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “And it can’t always be scheme. … At certain times, you’re playing against really well-coached teams that know exactly what you’re bringing and then you’ve got to win one-on-one battles, and that’s what the game of football comes down to – who can win the one-on-ones?” UCLA’s pass-rushing options are thin during spring practice. The team’s sacks leader from last year, Keisean Lucier-South, has not been at practice this month due to academic obligations. Kelly said the outside linebacker is still expected to return to the team by summer. Lucier-South had four of UCLA’s Pac-12-low 15 sacks last season. Only four of the sacks were attributed to defensive linemen, with Osa Odighizuwa accounting for three of them. Odighizuwa, a redshirt junior, is the elder statesman on a defensive line mostly populated by promising young players like Otito Ogbonnia, Tyler Manoa and Atonio Mafi. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic and a great motor,” Kelly said of Odighizuwa. “So he kind of sets the tone from an effort standpoint for those guys and they all kind of follow his lead.” Spoken like a true veteran, Odighizuwa said he was encouraged by the team’s pass rush improvement in practice, but is “never satisfied.” “Coach talks about being obsessed with improvement,” Odighizuwa said. Defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase and outside linebackers coach Jason Kaufusi regularly check in with players to ask what they feel they want to work on and how the coaches can help address perceived weaknesses. Learning and refining a variety of pass rush techniques have been high on the list of priorities. “I feel like everything comes with practice,” outside linebacker/defensive end Odua Isibor said. “I feel like no pro has gotten to where they’ve gotten to without practice and building experience.” For inspiration, Isibor studies film of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the two-time defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year who led the league in sacks last season. There is one particular move Isibor wants to adopt as his own. The redshirt sophomore doesn’t want to describe it in too much detail. He’ll let his opponents know firsthand in the fall. Up in the air Kelly did not announce a definitive spring game format before practice Thursday, his last time meeting with reporters before Saturday’s spring finale. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The head coach said he would meet with his assistants and the training staff to identify which players would be available for the last practice and plan accordingly based on injury numbers. UCLA had eight players seen in yellow jerseys during Thursday’s practice: offensive lineman Zach Cochrun, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, receivers Michael Ezeike, Ethan Fernea and Dymond Lee, linebacker Josh Woods, and defensive backs William Nimmo and Kenny Churchwell. Last year, UCLA played a one-hour live scrimmage without live special teams. This year’s spring game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks at 11 a.m. Saturday. Saturday’s practice features free admission with a suggested donation of two non-perishable food items per person to support the UCLA Community Food Closet.