Key factor of UCLA football's struggles this year lie in the trenches.
Jon Gold sits down with XSF for a pretty interesting give and take. talks UCLA, Jim Mora, Rick Neuheisel and how he has changed over two years. Take a look.
Football. UCLA OT Sean Sheller has been granted an additional season of competition by the NCAA and will be a senior in 2011.— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) January 26, 2011
Sean Sheller has been granted an additional season of competition by the NCAA and will be a senior in 2011. Update (BN): Congrats to Sean. This is great news for him and the team as it will add depth and experience. Sheller might move to LG instead of staying at LT, as Jeff Baca could be taking that spot back next year.
The issues with UCLA's offensive line might be key to understanding the problems around Bruin football's 2010 season.
"We're the filthy five," tackle Micah Kia said, holding up one fist. "We're best friends and we play like it."
"I took a few weeks to figure out if I wanted to come back (from a torn ACL in the right knee) or not," Kia said. "It wasn't an automatic: next step, recovery. I had to weigh my options — this wasn't my first injury. Fractured back in high school, broken shin, broken hand. Is it really worth putting my body through this? When I realized it was possible to make a full recovery, the question was, 'Is this something I want to do?'
"But you know, this sport has taken precedence in my heart. Football has become my warrior identity. Letting it go, with the knowledge I could keep fighting, didn't sit well with me."