UCLA DT Eddie Vanderdoes Looks Ahead to Senior Night at the Rose Bowl

Nov. 18 -- UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes spoke about this weekend's matchup against USC and playing one final home game at the Rose Bowl...

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On it being the final game in the Rose Bowl:

It’s crazy knowing that this will be the last home game of the season. Its surreal, especially against a rival team like USC, it means a lot going into the game, especially for the fifth-year guys. It hasn’t hit me yet, but it might hit me when I get on the field.

On if he’ll get emotional:

Time will tell. My main focus is on the game. Once I hit the Rose Bowl, I’ll see. Emotions change throughout the week. When Saturday comes, we’ll see.

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On if this game carries extra significance:

I get asked that question every year. That was like 4.5 years ago, my junior year summer. So it doesn’t really mean anything to me. The bigger thing is it’s a rivalry game. Playing against these guys for the last three years, I didn’t play last year. When you’re competing to play for the trophy of Los Angeles, it means a lot.

On USC’s offense:

Big offensive line, NFL type guys up front. They have big Damien Mama. Big, physical. Chad Wheeler, also a physical guy. They have Nico Falah, more of a finesse guy. Then Viane (Talamaivao), who’s also a big guy, quick off the ball and Zach Banner, who is big as well. 

On if this will be the best OL they’ve faced:

Yeah, I’d say so. They’re an NFL type line.  Going into this game, there is extra fire. We’ll see everybody’s best effort, things you might not have seen earlier in the season. We’ll definitely prepare to get their best game.

On the key to matching up with USC’s offensive line:

Physical. You have to play with a good pad level. Know what you’re preparing for, watching a lot of film and knowing what you’re doing.


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