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"This team is for real". That was one of Brett Hundley's answers near the end of his Thursday afternoon radio interview with Max and Marcellus on 710AM/ESPN Radio. I'll talk more about that interview later on, but it is definitely worth the 12 minute listen.
Coach Mora met with the media as always after practice (video posted right after the jump). After one of the reporters poked fun at Lane Kiffin's abbreviated presser, Mora talked about the offense experimenting with Oregon-style playcalling placard; what sort of information is communicated by the cards, and that the team will likely be using them to some extent on Saturday. As we have noted - and you all have probably noticed - there is not much new news coming from the pressers, but Mora did tell reporters that Jeff Baca will likely return to play against the Beavers on Saturday.
Here is Mora's post-practice presser from yesterday:
Coach Mora's Thursday presser (via YouTube/UCLA)
Peter Yoon was on fire pumping out UCLA football content yesterday. He talked with a few of the players about their change in mindset and approach in opening conference play this season and defending last season's South Division title.
"With the Pac-12 opener, you want to try and make a statement," cornerback Sheldon Price said. "All everybody knows is UCLA being soft so we have to continue to show that we aren't that same team anymore.
... "I guess we are still are technically the champs of last year and you can't deny the fact that we played in the first Pac-12 championship game ever," Fauria said. "But we aren't the same team as we were last year. We have a different offense, a different defense and a different mindset.
Miguel Melendez caught that interview, and had a lot of fun listening to it. He transcribed the interview on the Daily News's UCLA Blog. Brett was putting forth his best efforts at diplomacy, but a good interview. A couple of grafs on sitting out last season:
How did you feel about not playing last year?
"I think everything happens for a reason. Last year I probably still had a little bit more to learn about the college game and still trying to learn everything coming off the injury."
Were you frustrated by it last year?
"Not really. Ah, yeah I guess actually at first I probably was a little frustrated coming in, but i knew there was a reason behind everything. I wasn't too frusted. There were some moments where I would have liked to be on the field just to give it a shot to see what the college game is like but I'm gald I got the redshirt year and glad I'm coming in as a freshman."
A sign that Brett is bright enough to know which guys on the team he really needs to keep happy...
Can you name your starting five linemen?
"We have Torian (White), left tackle; Xavier (Su'a-Filo), left guard; Jake Brendel, center; (Jeff) Baca, right guard; and Simon (Goines), true freshamn, tackle. Man I have to know them, they're the ones protecting me so I have to show them some love."
Meanwhile, over at the fishwrap, Chris Foster has figured out that Coach Mazzone's offense involves throwing the ball to several different receivers over the course of a game.
Today is Friday: As azbruin85260 has suggested, today is the day for DirectTV customers to call in and demand that the company pick up the Pac-12 Networks. This week's game is being carried by ABC/ESPN, but there are likely to be more UCLA games - Football as well as Men's Basketball - that will be Pac-12 Network exclusives throughout the season, as well as non-revenue matches that have not otherwise seen TV. Give them a call/email/tweet, and...