Jeff Locke may see his kicking duties reduced on Saturday. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
That (horrible) song is stuck in my head. It will be stuck in Tyler Gonzalez's head now, as he is expected to kick short field goals and extra points on Saturday. Jeff Locke will kick longer field goals.
Make life easier on yourself, Bruins Football. Score touchdowns.
Locke realizes that he isn't getting the job done on extra points.
"I’ve missed three extra points in two games. You can’t do that at the college level," Locke said. "You’ve got to give another guy a shot. I wish I would have come through and I haven’t felt the best the last couple of days about it, but it is what it is now."
Gonzalez hasn't kicked field goals since high school, and even then he didn't kick until his senior year.
In high school, Gonzalez played golf and ran cross country but excelled in soccer, earning third-team All-CIF honors his senior year. Football? No thanks.But the Indians needed a kicker his senior year and an assistant football coach asked him to handle the kicking duties. Sound familiar? Gonzalez kicked six field goals and scored 22 extra points his lone football season.
Hopefully Gonzalez is able to get through the first kick jitters and have a great debut as a member of the football team.
More from a cold, rainy practice after the jump. (Hey, it rains in California. Occasionally.)
"I found out today it does not help," Dye said. "It was irritating. I couldn't turn my head left or right. When I got in my stance, I was looking straight at the ground. I had to get in a linebacker stance and then I couldn't backpedal."
Adios, neck roll. Anything to help Dye with the pain is appreciated, and thankfully they found out it didn't work before the game.
Due to the rain, the offense and the defense had to take turns practicing on the artificial turf at Spaulding.
"The grass field got to a place where we would have ruined it forever if we would have been out there," coach Rick Neuheisel said.
Sub-par facilities at UCLA? Why I never!
The defensive line was also juggled around yesterday:
The defensive line was trying some different rotations with Seali'i Epenesa, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Keenan Graham getting a lot more reps than usual. Epenesa and Odighizuwa got some first-team reps, replacing Datone Jones and Donovan Carter.
Finally, some change on the D-Line. We need to get some more push on the other team's O-Line and rush the QB. A change was needed, and it's good to see some new rotations are being put into practice.
Which probably means the D-Line will be the same as usual on Saturday. We're just trying to throw the other team off, you know.