Well, after getting through the first season (13-0) Rose bowl champs!
It was a great season, Kevin Prince really turned into a great leader ad playmaker. Derrick Coleman ended up doing extremely well, averaging just over 4.7 ypc. The depth was really challenged at RB, early too, against Tennessee, Milton Knox (Broken toe, 3 Weeks), Christian Ramirez (Torn ACL, 10 Weeks), and Damien Thigpen (Broken elbow, out for season), all went down, all in the second quarter. However, the season rolled on as Craig Sheppard was in for relief most of the time, and did a good job when he was in.
One of the most effective offensive formations was the Wild Bruin (Wildcat), as it took pressure off of the offensive line, and exercised Coleman's speed to rack up great yardage.
The best games were against Cal, in which a game winning field goal sealed the deal. Oregon State, where UCLA had the ball 10 minutes in the first half, to the Beav's 2. And USC of course, where the #3 Bruins came back from 10 down to top the rivals from the other side of town. The Rose Bowl was against the At-Large West Virginia Mountaineers, who couldn't keep up with the Bruins.
Anyways, on to next season. The offseason was really realistic. UCLA stole a recruit from Florida, and 2 from U$C, one of which was the #1 SS as ranked by EA, the only unrealistic part was that Kai Forbath decided to go pro, but oh well. Going into the next pre-season, the offense was definitely the biggest part of the team. Prince came back with added skills, especially in awareness, which made him a great prospect for the All-Pac 10 team. Coleman was named captain and "impact player", he improved a big deal as a power runner, which improved his rating to 91 overall. Morrell Presley got an 88 overall rating, and really stood out in the receiving core in the games I have played so far, and Taylor Embree established himself as the "hands" guy for the team.
The defense wasn't as strong as recent years, but I still have more to see. I'll keep you updated as I continue through the season.
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