Spring Preview: Lucien Interview

Wide receiver Devin Lucien talks about his impressions of the new coaching staff, what he thought of redshirting last season, and how he's liking the offseason workouts...

Q: So how has the offseason been going?

A: Everything's been going really good. I'm liking the new coaching staff a lot, and I'm really liking the new workouts we're doing. I'm starting to feel a lot stronger, and I've definitely gotten bigger.

Q: Even last season, it looked like you were physically ready to play. Did you regret red shirting at all?

A: Yeah, man. I hated redshirting. I hated redshirting with a passion. I hated being a traveling red shirt. It was a horrible experience. But I do appreciate it in the sense that it gave me another year to develop and get stronger so I can play another four years. I'm stronger now than I was then, so I have to thank Coach Johnson and Coach Neuheisel for helping me develop over the last year.

Q: Talk about the difference between the pistol and the spread. Are you excited to be in an offense that uses you more as a pass catcher?

A: Oh man. I didn't really like the pistol, let's just face it. I know some guys did, but I really didn't. I like the spread a lot, because it gives me the opportunity to use my natural talents. I can catch balls, get some YAC, and make plays for the offense. And more, I'm just excited to finally get back on the field in game action and make some plays. That's what I'm most excited about.

Q: What do you think of the new coaching staff that's in place now?

A: They're all great. There are actually three coaches who recruited me out of high school on staff now, in Coach Yarber, Coach Mazzone, and Coach Martin. I talk to Coach Yarber all the time. We're cool. I'm always in his office, picking his brain, or breaking down tape. And with Coach Mazzone, I talk to him just so he can let me know what I need to work on and where I need to fit in to what he's trying to do. But I'm already really comfortable talking to both guys. I've always been kind of a coaches room rat, so I try to pick up as much stuff as I can from these guys, so I can become a better football player.

Q: What's your impression of Coach Mora so far?

A: He's doing a fantastic job. One thing I heard him say, something I've never heard at UCLA, is that he wants to win a national championship here. I never heard Coach Neuheisel mention a national championship, but I heard Coach Mora say that. And that's great, because that's what I want to do in college. I want to win a national championship.

Q: Does it strike you as a big switch, what's happened in the last few months with the new coaching staff, the new offense, the new workouts?

A: Definitely. It actually reminds me of Miami from a while back. They got a new coach and turned everything around. Things were going really bad for them, and there was talk that they'd go down a league, or whatever, but then they turned it around and became the national champs. Coach Alosi and Coach Mora are really getting it into our heads what we need to do to be successful, and I'm excited for the future. I want a national championship at UCLA, and I think we can turn it around here.

Q: What do you think of Coach Alosi and the offseason workouts? Have you noticed improvement?

A: Absolutely. Just to give you an example, before I started working out with Coach Alosi, I was 189 pounds. I'm now just under 200, and I've gained pretty much all muscle, and that‘s in 4 to 5 weeks. Whatever it is we're doing, it's working. It just showed he really knows what he's talking about, and that's a great thing. He's really giving us the tools so that we can fulfill the goal of becoming a championship caliber team. And with Coach Alosi, I think people need to give him a break, about all the stuff that happened in the NFL. He's doing a great job with us, and I think he's really going to help make us a very successful football team.

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