I'll let others give you guys the statistical breakdowns. I want to set the stage first for those not in attendance. The campus view from the Drake Stadium bleachers was breathtaking, the weather perfect, the sun shining on Royce Hall in the distance, the crowd a blend of blues and smiles.
At least as far as I could see with my six year old's pom poms on top of my head.
My first impression was that our defense is on top of the offense like a blanket. Secondarily, Brian Price blows up a play like no one is even trying to block him. My other impression of the defense is speed to the ball. There is no room for the first team offense. I'm a little disappointed that the offense is struggling so much on the ground.
The six year old is now sitting on my lap and asking me again," which team is UCLA daddy?" While I'm being poked by the foam finger, Damien Thigpen is putting on a show. The first good impression of the offense is our young backs. They are absolutely flying. This team has real playmakers if they get into space.
My special teams impression is that Jeff Locke could bounce punts off the ceiling of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium and that the coverage team better adapt to a guy who can boom it 60. His punting and kicking are nothing short of spectacular.
My best impression of Kevin Prince is his arm; He has a true D1 arm. My second impression is that he made a couple of real bad decisions; one picked and one that should have been picked.
Overall, the picture was blurred by speed, speed and more speed on both sides of the ball. CRN has definately seen what teams like FL have done. They will put up big plays on you because they have so many playmakers. We are headed in that direction (in a hurry).
My players to watch this season; on offense, Franklin and Thigpen and Knox. on defense, never take your eyes off Brian Price if you want to see something spectacular. My last player to watch is Jeff Locke. This guy could be a real special punter. Can't wait for this campaign to get under way.
Oh BTW, Petros was there and he obviously has been hitting out of his league.