UCLA Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley Previews UNLV

Sept. 6 -- UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley spoke about the defensive performance against Texas A&M and looked ahead to this weekend's matchup against UNLV...

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On Keisean Lucier-South's play against A&M:

Keisean is going to be a really good football player. We redshirted him last year. He's very smart, attentive to detail, works hard and has all the attributes of a good football player. He's light right now, he spent some time with Sal (Alosi) in the weight room. ANd I think that's where his emphasis will be. Football-wise, he's a fun guy to coach. 

On if they're finding a role for him:

I don't know if it's about finding a role. We have a position for him. There are a lot of things he can do to help this football tram. He has the length, he just needs to get the weight on him. You watch him play, he does all the little things right. Off the field, he's a really fine young man and his family should be really proud of him.

On if there is a big difference with Deon Hollins and Takk McKinley back:

Yeah, I think it does.  They're two guys who've played a lot of football and they generate things off the edge and can do things off the edge.  Getting them healthy will help us, and depth wise too.

On KLS performance against A&M:

He's ready. I don't worry about him if you watch practice. He's got it, he's playing every play in practice. He knows what he's doing. 

On Deon Hollins:

He was able to do some stuff today. The doctors are keeping a close eye on him.

On Takk McKinley:

Takk was doing some stuff today too. Once again, that's the doctor's call.

On Adarius Pickett's play:

I thought he was very impressive. I thought he played very well. He's a guy that has a lot of upside.  We're counting on him to be a good football player, each and every week, for this team to get better. 

On UNLV's trick plays:

They've got good athletes. Johnny Stanton, the quarterback, brings a lot to the table, he can throw it and run it. Devonte Boyd is one of the finest receivers we went up against last year and he can hurt you. They have some good skill people, the running back is as quick as you can find.  They have a lot of good players in a lot of places and they're very dangerous.

On if its hard to evaluate against FCS teams:

Not really cause you see the skill level and their ability. They have a lot of guys who can get over the top and can run. They're well organized and well coached, you can see that. It will be a big challenge for us at 5:30 on Saturday. 

On stopping running quarterbacks:

You have to keep working at it constantly, which we do. Having that extra guy that can run the ball creates problems, not just for our defense but for other defenses.

On how they game plan for it:

We work on it all the time. It's something we constantly have to be aware of and alert for, whether in practice or in meetings, there is someone we have concern for, our running backs. Its something to be aware of.  Understanding the situation.  Those guys can hurt you if they get out of the pocket and run.


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