We will start this Humpday roundup with a quick update on two Bruin freshmen.
Terrance Austin continues to get press. This time its from the OC Register, which reports how Austin is making his first road trip with the team as a member of the special teams. Hang on to the football Austin!
Unlike Austin, another (redshirt) freshman WR hasn't gotten a lot of love in the local media. The LA Times has a story on WR Jamil Turner, from Washington, who picked UCLA over Washington. Currently Turner is working hard for the scout team, being patient, biding his time for an opportunity to make a contribution on Saturdays. I am sure his time will come.
The LA Times also has its daily UCLA notes, which has a shocking revelation on Washington recruiting heavily from Southern California high schools. lol. Thanks for sharing that Lonnie. Like we didn't know pretty much everyone from the West comes out to LA and fights for the recruits, who haven't been bought up (j/k) by Pom Pom or signed by Karl Dorrell. Anyway, Lonnie does have this key nugget on Saturday's matchup:
""It's going to be a real physical game," junior defensive tackle Kenneth Lombard said. "We have to stay low and come off the ball hard."
From Dawgman.com's breakdown, here are the key players for the Husky offense, which is triggered by the multi-dimensional Isaiah Stanback:
It stands as UCLA's only pass play for more than 24 yards, and begs the question of whether the Bruins will throw downfield.
Saturday's game at Washington may be a prime time to do so. The Huskies rank last in the Pacific-10 Conference in passing defense, and they are allowing 245 yards per game. In the past two games they allowed sixpass plays of 25 yards or more.
"We'll probably take some shots this weekend," Bruins receiver Marcus Everett said. "We haven't in the past twogames, but we're definitely going to have to start doing some just to keep the defense honest so they can't sit on any routes. You have to threaten them deep sometimes."
Also, Washington is allowing 8.1 yards per reception, the second-worst mark in the conference, and opposing quarterbacks are completing 66 percent of their passes against the Huskies.
"We have a lot of (deep) plays, and we work on them," UCLA receiver Brandon Breazell said. "We're just waiting. It's frustrating to wait."
After two weeks off we are expecting the Bruins to put together their balanced offensive package on display in Seattle.