I have been waiting for this for a while now it's here. Was hoping Ralph would catch up with UCLA LB coach Clark Lea sometime soon this year and looks like he did just that this week:
As Ralph mentioned in the video in just four weeks all three of our LBs have been recognized either at the conference or national level for their play on the field. No doubt Lea's coaching has been a factor in their early success individually and collectively as a unit.
Akeem Ayers after getting off to little bit of a slow start (not in terms of production but more in terms of staying within his assignment) in the first game, has been playing at another level. Patrick Larimore is now flying around like a heat seeking missile and Sean Westgate has been really flourishing in our nickel defense. If these guys continue to develop at the rate they have been going last few games, it's exciting to think where our defense will end up towards the end of the season.
BTW note how Clark gave a shout out to UCLA's S&C program under Mike Lyn for our guys early success on the field this season. It's been a theme in a lot of the post game interviews we have been hearing last few weeks.
As for Clark, another thing to note (which we did previously) is that he is one of the most intense recruiters on CRN's staff. Last year as grad assistant he was the point person in reeling in Aramide Olaniyan from Virginia. Really excited to see how his career unfolds in Westwood. If he continues to emerge, let's hope CRN hangs on to him for a while at UCLA.