Guess the reporters are not really all that worried how UCLA defense is going to perform against BYU’s offense. The focus remains on the UCLA offense this Friday. We will start once again with Southpaw Jesus. Kuwada from the OC Register recounts how the UCLA coaches screwed up SPJ’s confidence last season after he got off to a great start against Utah:
Olson saw his completion percentage fall every week following the opening victory over the Utes, in which he hit 75.7 percent of his throws. It was 68.4 percent against Rice, then 58.1 in a loss at Washington and 54.1 against Stanford. The average gain per passing play also fell precipitously, from 9.6 yards in the opener to an average of 5.5 yards over the next three games.
Having opened this season with five touchdown throws at Stanford in the Bruins’ 45-17 victory, Olson is not keen on looking back. But he is confident that new offensive coordinator Jay Norvell will not allow the offense to bog down as it did a year ago against Rice, Washington and Stanford, which ended the year ranked 112th, 95th and 97th in total defense, respectively.
Speaking of running, Foster has an article on UCLA RB tandem of Bell and Markey. Both of those guys are happy to share ball carrying duties. They are saying all the right things. Here is Bell:
"Most teams in the NFL have two backs, so it's a good thing for both of us. If one of us is tired, the other can go in and there's no drop-off. If we can keep switching back and forth like that, I think that's a great thing."
"I'm a workhorse. But however [many] carries they give me, let's get at it. That's how I feel."
Elsewhere in the Daily News Dohn’s report focuses on Everett who wants to do what he can to get back in the offensive mix. Everett had few passes thrown at him during the Stanford game. He just didn’t come down with them. He is vowing to bounce back:
"This week I'm going to try and bounce back and show everybody what I have," Everett said. "Show the nation that I'm one of the best receivers in the nation."
Everett caught 31 passes last season for 450 yards and five touchdowns. He had a few passes thrown his way at Stanford, but couldn't get control any of them.