Defense continues to be one of the focal points of concerns in Dorrell’s "show me" season. Chris Foster from the LA Times has a report on how despite all the hype, DeWayne Walker’s much pimped defense has turned out to be less than mediocre (kind of like the entire coaching staff):
This week, against Oregon State, would be a good place to start.
The Bruins are giving up an average of 389 yards a game. Even Stanford, arguably the Pacific 10 Conference's worst team, rolled up 383 yards -- 331 passing. UCLA is giving up 27.2 points a game.
"Every team is a little different, actually a lot different," linebacker Christian Taylor said. "They will try to skin you a different way. But we have to be better."
The Bruins were last season -- with the same personnel. Through the first four games in 2006, they gave up averages of 221.5 yards and 13.7 points a game. It was the jumping-off point for a unit that finished 35th nationally in total defense after being 113th in 2005.
UCLA is 69th this season.
As for dealing with the defense of Oregon State, which is getting some attention after putting up big numbers against powerhouses such as Idaho State and Utah (oops), Dohn clues us in on how the Thinker might be approaching the Beaver defense with ‘football 101’:
Bell is averaging 110.5 rushing yards per game. The Beavers have yielded 118 rushing yards this season.
"They're fast, athletic, strong (on the defensive line)," UCLA right tackle Brian Abraham said. "This is, by far, the best defense we faced. They play hard. They all play to the whistle. They're real stout in the middle.
"They have big dudes, big (defensive) tackles to stop the running game. And they can mix it up. They have their big, athletic ends and their fast, speed-rusher guys. They've got really good linebackers. It's going to be tough."
The Beavers start eight seniors and three juniors on a defense allowing 29.5 rushing yards per game, and 0.9 yards per attempt.
In the middle of the 4-3 defense (that's four defensive linemen, three linebackers for those who have never taken Football 101) are seniors Gerald Lee (6-foot-1, 280 pounds) and Curtis Coker (6-1, 309).
Birmingham High of Lake Balboa product Dorian Smith (6-3, 258) and Jeff Van Orsow (6-4, 266) are the defensive ends.
And boy Dorrell sounds totally prepared! I mean just read the practice reports Dump Dorrell guys have been posting this week quoting the Thinker. The Sleeping Beauty is brimming with sunshine. And he continued the same tune yesterday: