Looks like Simers is not the only LA columnist with questions about KD not getting respect in the polls. Daily Breeze with essentially a Simers like take:The Bruins have a lot to prove because Ben Olson, their new 23-year-old sophomore quarterback, last played regularly in 2002 at Thousand Oaks High. They have a lot to prove because their defense has so very much to prove.
But most of all, they have a lot to prove because Dorrell has yet to make his mark on the college game. His players believe in him. They swear by him. Others are not so sure.
The lack of respect in Dorrell is etched in the poll.
This is a reflection of his definitely-not-flamboyant personality. Talk all the time about playing games one at a time, as he does, and you run the risk of being judged one game at a time.
It does not help that Pete Carroll's USC program blots out the sky.
"There's still a perception that we're not as good as we think we are," Dorrell said.
Taylor's perception is that UCLA is ready to compete for the Pac-10 championship.
After USC crushed UCLA, 66-19, last season?
That's how young men feel when they buy into their team and their coach.
"That's a team thing," Dorrell said. "We really believe we have a legitimate chance to win this conference."
Say it again: 66-19? These kinds of stories should end the notion Dorrell is secured at UCLA. If he just wins 7/8 games with another loss against USC, he will be on the hottest seat of college football. No one is buying Dorrell's schtick even after his so called "10 win" season.