Blackjack already brought up Dohn's post in the diaries. Needless to say I am a little disappointed to see Dohn throwing up so many strawman arguments to lower the expectations for this upcoming season. Let's take a look at look some of Dohn's comments in response to a question concerning the expectation for this upcoming season.
Dohn then goes on to say:
And, then Dohn drops another tired Lavinesque strawman:
And we'll end with this last Dohn note (another strawman):
Anyways, those are just of some my early reactions. Lots of good thoughts from BN readers in the comment thread as well. Scittles nailed it (emphasis added):
I've said it many times, we contend on the national stage in virtually every other sport that we field a team in, and I see no reason why this tradition of excellence shouldn't extend to football. While last year provided plenty of great moments, I can only hope that the few (extended) bad moments have been relentlessly studied. I can accept that a young coach makes mistakes, which is why this should be a pivotal year for KD, to prove that he doesn't repeat the mistakes of his first three seasons.
In the end, what I'd like to see at the end of this season is that we are noticably closer to being a national contender than we were at the end of last season, and given the schedule, 9 wins and beating SUC will go a long way towards convincing me of the rising status of UCLA football. Let 10 wins be momentum, not an excuse.
Lonnie White's LA Times report focuses on a healthy Brandon Breazell, and gives us some great news: Kevin Brown will be back for the Utah game (Lonne is a little behind TBG).
The Daily News reports (not Dohn) on who will be returning kicks for UCLA this season - it won't be Chris Markey.
Robert Kuwada (OC Register) profiles our two huge incoming freshmen DL: Savage and Siewierski.
Lastly, a great profile of WR Junior Taylor in his home state newspaper AZ Republic. Taylor has come a long way since his injury against the Sooners:
"He's able to do what he did before the injury, and he's not even going full speed yet," McCarthy said. "He's only going half speed."
What's also helping Taylor is that he's able to fully concentrate on football this season. He was on the dean's list numerous times and graduated with a degree in history in the spring. [...]
[H]e's working one-on-one with Ben Olson, the favorite to be the starting quarterback this year, after practice to get their timing down on pass routes. Their first session gave Taylor more confidence.
"He just looked at me and said, 'I'm throwing the ball just like how I would throw to everybody else,' " Taylor said. "From then on, I knew I was making progress."