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UCLA Football Notes: "Saviors" and Coaches

Yesterday, BN led with the question is Norm Chow gone?  Maybe the fishwrap headline is right Norm Chow still Bruin offensive coordinator -- for now .  It looks like CRN (and maybe CNC) is still determining things.  One thing is for sure, UCLA should not be printing up programs or media guides with Chow on the cover (As it did for Carlino when he appeared on the UCI Game Program cover after he transferred. )  

We will keep you abreast of new information as it becomes available.  But turning to other matters,we do have some more definitive football news.  Two incoming freshman have joined the UCLA football team already:

Freshman defensive end Sam Tai from Liberty High School in Henderson, NV and San Diego (CA) Rancho Bernardo linebacker Aaron Wallace have attended classes and are now members of the UCLA football team.

"We are excited to have Sam and Aaron in our program," said head coach Rick Neuheisel. "They are both outstanding defensive players who will now have the benefit of our off-season program as well as Spring Practice. I think they are a great fit with the other young talent on our defensive unit that will continue to mature with experience."

Both Tai and Wallace earned three stars from Tai (6-4, 234) was ranked No. 60 among defensive ends while Wallace, (6-4, 215) who missed his senior year due to a torn ligament in his ankle, was ranked No. 31 among outside linebackers. Both earned three stars from and Wallace also earned three stars from

Of course the biggest name, Brett Hundley, who is going to join soon has not yet arrived.  He has a good reason, he is busy wowing scouts at the Under Armour All American game. Among other things: "Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) won the quarterback pass challenge." 

Also in hyping the game, the wwl lavishes praise (and encourages Bruins fans to watch Wednesday at 4 Pacific on ESPN) Hundley who "could be the key" to the offensive future for UCLA.  Go around 1:48 on the video to watch and listen.

While the offense may soon have a new leader the Defense is losing its.  Akeem made it official and declared for the draft

UCLA junior All-America linebacker Akeem Ayers has decided to forego his senior season and apply for the 2011 NFL Draft.

"I want to thank my coaches, teammates and everyone at UCLA for all of their help the last few years," said Ayers. "I have had a great experience at UCLA and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such an outstanding school.

Akeem was hampered a bit at times by injuries this year but I will never forget his spectacular end zone interception last year nor his three defensive TDs.  We will leave you with these two moments - the freakish play against Oregon:

And the game changer against Temple:

Akeem will be sorely missed.

Go Bruins!