Brendel on His Last Game as a Bruin

Dec. 16 -- Senior center Jake Brendel talks about playing in his last game as a UCLA Bruin...

Jake Brendel talked Monday after practice. 

On this being his last game at UCLA:

I really don’t think about it. If you think about it being your last one, you might do something differently. I try and approach every single game the same.

On what he’s shown for NFL scouts:

I’m pretty durable. I’ve taken a lot of reps here, a lot of starts. I’m trying to show my versatility, since I’ve played center my whole time, but hopefully in postseason games, I can play guard and show I can play inside. I’m playing in the East-West Shrine Game.

On what he’s most proud of:

My goal here was to set up the offensive line for as much success as they could be.  I would like to leave here with at least one maybe two taking that role.  

On who takes that role:

It depends on who stays. It could be anyone. We’ll see after the bowl.

On Josh Rosen bouncing back from USC:

It wasn’t his best game, you want to see guys bounce back from that, and he has.  He has all those characteristics of a great player.

On Ka’imi Fairbairn:

He’s the man, everyone loves him. He’s not just a kicker, he’s a part of the team. Everyone respects him. He’s the greatest kicker in college football. Its sad he didn’t get the Pac-12 accolades, but you can’t win them all.

On the offensive line:

Really we just have to be efficient and get the job done with what we have. Every day it changes.  Looking at the past couple practices, we’ve done a really good job.

On Fred Ulu-Perry:

I tried to be as close as possible, but I feel he was a little homesick. If you;re not happy at a place, you should leave the first year. If he’s happy at Hawaii, I wish him the best.

On being motivated for a 5-7 team:

Playing Nebraska and what they stand for, that pushes up and I don’t feel we’ll be flat coming in.

On how much of Nebraska they’ve watched:

A little bit, but we’re still self-scouting.  We’re still 2-3 weeks out. They’re a good team. They look on field like not a 5-7 team. Its not like their record will dictate how we’ll play.

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