No Whimping Out Over Injury News

M mentioned in his post below how year after year of Dorrellian underachivement have shamefully stunted the expectations of certain UCLA football fans. I think it has also often causes UCLA fans to over-react and get into a panic mode in the face of injury related news coming out of training camp.

We have discussed this a number of times before here on BN. Note how Howland coached squad dealt with the incredible rash of injuries it faced couple of years ago. Rather than making excuses and panicking about depth Coach Howland, his staff and his players simply went about business, demanded the replacements to step up, and persevered and fought through the injuries to get to UCLA's first Pac-10 title since 1996-97 season.

After more than two weeks in the training camp it looks like UCLA is now dealing with some injuries and shifting some personnel around. And it also looks like Dorrell has gone into a clamp down mode wrt sharing information re. those injuries. That is fine. But what would be pathetic is for people to panic and hit the alarm button over these bumps and bruises. Uhm I don't care who we have at quarterback. Our defense alone (if the hype around them are to be believed) should be enough to beat Stanford and BYU into a pulp and get us to a record of 2-0, giving the SPJ enough cushion get in rhythm for a 5-0 start out of the gate. Besides Dorrell himself doesn't sound all that worried about BT in case he is called upon (for what should be (knocking on wood) mop up duties during blowout wins against Stanford at Palo Alto and against BYU at home):

With backup QB Patrick Cowan down with a hamstring pull, red-shirt freshman walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson took the reps with the second team. UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said no added reps were given to the second team to get Bethel-Thompson up to speed.
"He'll be ready to play,'' Dorrell said. "Like I mentioned (Monday), he's a pretty smart kid, bright, picked up a lot of our offense without taking many reps. And it seemed like he had pretty decent command out there, given the situations we were putting him in. I was encouraged with his performance today.''
Plus last time I checked UCLA was still the school of John Barnes.

As for injury issues at TB, moving Ramirez from safety to TB should help. From Markey via Dohn's blog:
Bruins tailback Chris Markey said he was impressed with Christian Ramirez's first practice on offense.
"He's a good back, a good player all-around,'' Markey said. "That's why the moved him back to that position. He can help us. He had a great day, and I think once he starts getting more reps and more comfortable with the offense, he'll do a good job for us.
"It was surprising. I forgot how good he was. He would just see a hole and hit it, and he runs hard as hell. It took a lot of people to take him down.''
Ramirez came into UCLA last August as a running back, but was quickly moved to safety and remained in the secondary until today.
The kid (6'3 206) was a gamer as a running back at high school. From his official bio:
Played three years of football at Imperial HS in Imperial, CA for coach Steve Cato ... Three-star selection by ... Ranked No. 42 "athlete" by ... Rated No. 41 among running backs by ... Rated No. 55 prospect in California by ... Member of Western 100 (No. 87) ... Three-star selection by ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... SuperPrep All-Far West ... Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team (small schools) ... Led his team to a 9-1-1 record as a senior ... Due to an injury, he played in only eight games ... Rushed for 760 yards and 10 touchdowns on 54 carries (14.1 avg.) ... Named first-team all-league on offense (running back) and second-team on defense (linebacker) ... Made eight receptions for 84 yards and one score
That sure sounds impressive. Again if Dorrell and Norvell are such great offensive minds, they should have no problem instilling the requisite confidence necessary into the mind of a tough, physical blue chip scholarship athlete/running back getting him ready to step up if he is needed this coming season.

After all we have been hearing about all the "installation" process going on at Spalding Field. After five years we are just not in the mood to hear about any more excuses. And its not like UCLA is the only school in the country that has to deal with personnel issues during training camp. Other schools have issues too.

So please no whimping out over injuries over these training camp injuries here at BN. Time for that installation process to pay off no matter who is playing out there on the field.

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