Football Program Rumors

We've been hearing from various sources on many issues concerning the football program, everything from the possibility of coaching staff changes, to the status of certain players on the team and some recruits that might struggle to qualify academically...

We've been hearing some rumors circulating around the football program since the loss to USC, and some information outside of the program.

Many are speculating about whether defensive coordinator Larry Kerr is on the hotseat. Most of it, in fact, is just speculation, with very little to support that Head Coach Karl Dorrell is intent on replacing him. A source close to the situation, though, indicated that changes to the coaching staff are not out of the question.

In regard to UCLA's defensive performance against USC, there has been some second-guessing of the UCLA defensive game plan, that some close to the situation believe the game plan wasn't aggressive or realistic enough.

A situation to watch also, is at Colorado. After the Buffaloes got blown out themselves by Texas, there are coaches there that could be on the hotseat. Given the connection between UCLA's coaching staff and the Colorado coaching staff, there could be some Colorado coaches that become candidates for UCLA jobs.

Also, one source indicated that Offensive Coordinator Tom Cable could be a candidate for open coordinator jobs with other programs, with Colorado possibly being one of them.

In the USC game, if you were wondering why Kahlil Bell, the true freshman running back, had been given an increased number of snaps, it wasn't only because back-up running back Chris Markey was nicked up. The UCLA staff really likes Bell, and believe that he's much better than they even thought when they recruited him.

In regard to injuries, there was some concern about sophomore offensive lineman Chris Joseph, with the number of injuries and surgeries he's had on his knees. But reportedly Joseph is rehabbing quickly from the latest knee surgery and UCLA is encouraged by it. However, they are worried about the slow progress of redshirt freshman offensive tackle Tony Lee, and his rehab from knee surgery.

Probably the other most impressive defensive player on the scout team this year besides linebacker Reggie Carter has been cornerback Aaron Ware. UCLA believes Ware has a very good future.

Shawn Oatis, the safety, has bulked up some, and could end up a linebacker.

In regard to recruiting, UCLA will give out four or five more scholarships, even if that means grayshirting some players already committed, depending on what prospects want to come. After the USC game, UCLA knows it will have to hit it out of the ballpark on the official visits of many recruits, such as the #1-ranked linebacker, Allen Bradford from Colton. Bradford visited USC officially last weekend, and we've learned that it left a huge impression on him, and the Trojans have moved up considerably in his mind.

Rancho Cucamonga cornerback Devin Ross probably won't qualify academically for UCLA.

One recruit that is borderline to qualify academically is La Puente Bishop Amat linebacker Jonathan Cornell. Both could probably go either way.

Committed lineman from Los Banos, Walter Watts, also, is questionable academically, and still needs to achieve a qualifying test score.


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