2010 PREVIEW: UCLA

WINS AGAINST UCLA have been few and far between for Oregon State. And the Bruin program may be in a slump if some predictions turn out true, but the defense figures to be strong once again. And it's not like Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow are standing pat on offense, they're bringing in The Pistol. No, really.

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 The Word on the Bruins

Though the Bruins worked out of the Pistol formation for the entire spring, they've been coy as to how much they'll actually use it come fall. At the very least, Neuheisel explained in detail Monday how it works and why he thinks it will be successful. "The easiest way for me to describe the Pistol, and the Nevada coaches may cringe when I say this because it may not be anything close to the way they envision it, but the easiest way for me to describe it is to say it's veer offense from the gun," Neuheisel said. "..The Oregon offense is a zone read, the Florida offense almost always has a guy to the side and there's a lot of lateral movement. Veer offense is ride the side, if you will, where you're reading a guy as he's coming downhill and you're leaving an end-of-line defender unblocked so that you can get up to the next level with an offensive tackle or an offensive guard. With our tailback in this offense, he's directly behind he quarterback about half a yard or a yard deeper than he would be if we were under center, which plays into it. We have the ability to hold the defense. They can't just see lateral movement and predict which way this back is going. We can go either way... And again, I have some experience with veer option. In fact, it was the only time my team was the leader in rushing yards. So I know this can be successful." ... OC Register

After rebounding to 7–6 last season with regular-season wins over Tennessee, Kansas State and Arizona State and an EagleBank Bowl victory over upstart Temple, the Bruins have high expectations in Neuheisel's third year... Athlon

Can we put U.C.L.A. in the same breath as Oregon, U.S.C. and Oregon State when discussing potential Pac-10 champions? No, not in 2010. But the Bruins are beginning to round into form, leading me to believe the future is bright... PreSnapRead.com

Anyone who expected a bridge to the upper echelon of the Pac-10 to be built overnight is probably already disappointed. And more than a little delusional. When Neuheisel replaced Karl Dorrell two years ago, he inherited a mess, especially on the offensive side of the ball. He and his staff have taken the right steps toward prosperity, scoring big on the recruiting trail in all three of their attempts. While the talent is much better, it's also green in key areas, such as quarterback... CFN

The offense should continue to grow after a season in which untested talent was forced to step up, but it's the defense that might be a concern. Losing Price and other key contributors will be tough to overcome, even with Moore and Ayers back. The Bruins will know exactly where they stand after the first four games of the season... Orlando Sentinel

The Bruins will implement the Revolver in Pasadena. To what extent the new offense plays in the UCLA offense remains to be seen, and some aren't so impressed with how the Bruins ran the offense in the spring. Nevertheless, the Bruins offense will feature, to some degree, elements of an option offense. The change is due to the lethargic offensive numbers the Bruins have put up in the past few seasons... XtraPointFootball.com

Given the slightly tougher-than-usual schedule and the troubling personnel issues, a WINNING RECORD and a Bowl Victory is what I expect. It would constitute a decent Season, AS LONG AS ONE OF THE “W’s” IS AGAINST U$C. There is no such thing as a “successful” season, if it includes a loss to the hated rival... CollegeFootballZealots

 

 Bruins at a Glance
 Head Coach  Rick Neuheisel
 at UCLA  11-14 (3rd year), 77-44 overall
 2009 Record  7-6 Overall, 3-6 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  4-2 / 2-4 / 1-0
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  7 / 4
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  5 / 6
 Lettermen Returning  45
 Off/Def/Spec  18 / 22 / 5
 Lettermen Lost  23
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
Pac-10
 Total Offense
337.38
88
8
 Rushing Offense
114.62
97
9
 Passing Offense
222.77
52
4
 Points/Game
22.00
94
9
 Total Defense
334.00
32
3
 Rushing Defense
142.77
59
8
 Passing Defense
191.23
28
2
 Pts Allowed/Game
21.23
27
3
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
 #4 Kevin Prince | 6-2 | 230 | S0. | QB
 Passing: 173-308, 2050 Yds, 8 TDs, 8 INTs
 #23 Jonathan Franklin | 5-10 | 204 | So. | RB
 Rushing: 126 Att, 566 Yds, 4.5 Avg, 5 TDs
 #82 Taylor Embree | 6-3 | 201 | Jr. | WR
 Receiving: 45 Rec, 608 Yds, 13.5 Avg, 2 TDs
Rajric Coleman  #10 Akeem Ayers | 6-4 | 255 | Jr. | LB
 Tackles: 75 Total, 55 Solo, 14.5 TFL, 4 INT, 4 FF, 6 SACKS
Rajric Coleman  #3 Rahim Moore | 6-1 | 196 | Jr. | FS
 INTs: 10 for 79 Yds, 49 Tackles, 36 solo, 7 PBU
Chris Randle  #56 Datone Jones | 6-4 | 269 | Jr. | DE
 SACKS: 4 for 28, 30 Tackles, 12 Solo, 11.0 TFL
 
 Series History
 Games Played  58
 Series Record  UCLA leads, 39-15-4
 Last Meeting  26-19, OSU on 10/31/2009
 First Meeting  19-0, UCLA in 11/21/1930
 
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