2009 UCLA Football Team Preview

Aug. 26, 2009

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    2009 Pac-10 Football Preview Series

    UCLA

    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 4-8
    2008 Pac-10 record/Finish: 3-6/8th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 17/7
    Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2
    Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
    Starting Kickers Returning/Lost: 1/1

    First Year of Football: 1919
    All-Time Record: 538-359-37
    All-Time Pac-10 Record: 316-206-19
    All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances: 13-15-1
    Last Bowl Appearance: 2007 (lost to BYU in Las Vegas Bowl)

    neuheiselHEAD COACH RICK NEUHEISEL
    (UCLA 1984)
    Second Year at UCLA

    Record at UCLA: 4-8 (.333)
    Overall Career Record: 70-38 (.648, 9 years)

    Coaching Experience
    Entering his second season at the Bruins' helm ... previously coached at Washington and Colorado ... led the Huskies to a share of the Conference titles in 2000 ... prior to arriving in Los Angeles, served as the Offensive Coordinator/Quaterbacks coach with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

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    Team Page | Schedule | Roster | Purchase Tickets

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    BRUINS ON WATCH LISTS
    Moya & Paulsen Named To Mackey Award Pre-Season Watch List
    Verner Named to Jim Thorpe Award Pre-Season Watch List
    Price Named to 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List
    Three Bruins on Bednarik Award Watch List
    Verner and Forbath named to ESPN.com All-America Team
    Four Bruins Named To Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

     

    A QUICK LOOK AT THE BRUINS
    OFFENSE:
    Job one for the Bruins is getting increased productivity out of an offense that averaged just 17.7 points and 283.2 yards per game last year. QB Kevin Craft returns, but will face competition for the starting job from the likes of Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut. Wideouts Terrence Austin and Taylor Embree return to form a good duo outside, with Austin also a standout on kickoff and punt returns. The offensive line is an experienced unit that returns six players who started at least five games a year ago. UCLA also boasts one of the nation’s premier field goal kickers in Kai Forbath, who connected on 19-of-22 three-pointers last season.

    DEFENSE: UCLA returns seven starters on the defensive side of the ball, including some standouts that should make this unit formidable in the Pac-10. Up front, DT Brian Price is a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and he is joined by DE Korey Bosworth, the Bruin sack leader last year. LB Reggie Carter was a second-team All-Pac-10 performer last year and is the heart of the Bruin defense. Sophomore OLB Akeem Ayers looks like a budding star. The secondary is led by veteran CB Alterraun Verner, another second-team All-Pac-10 pick. FS Rahim Moore started as a freshman last year and played well enough to be named honorable mention All-Pac-10.

    THE SCHEDULE: Six home and six away for the Bruins. The non-conference schedule has San Diego State, at Tennessee and Kansas State, all of which will feature new head coaches. No off weeks during the nine-game Conference stretch of the schedule.

    Carter

    FIVE BRUINS TO WATCH

    51Reggie Carter (Pictured)
    SR • MLB • 6-1 • 240

    1 • Alterraun Verner
    SR • CB • 5-11 • 184

    92 • Brian Price
    JR • DT • 6-2 • 295

    25 • Kai Forbath
    JR • PK • 6-0 • 198

    4 • Terrence Austin
    SR • FL/KR • 5-11 • 173

     
    2009 SCHEDULE
     
     
    (6 home, 6 away)
     
    Sept. 5 San Diego State UCLA leads, 20-0-1
    Sept. 12 at Tennessee UT leads, 7-5-2
    Sept. 19 Kansas State First meeting
    Oct. 3 at Stanford UCLA leads, 44-31-3
    Oct. 10 Oregon UCLA leads, 39-23
    Oct. 17 California UCLA leads, 49-28-1
    Oct. 24 at Arizona UCLA leads, 19-12-2
    Oct. 31 at Oregon State UCLA leads. 39-14-4
    Nov. 7 Washington UCLA leads, 37-29-2
    Nov. 14 at Washington State UCLA leads, 36-18-1
    Nov. 21 Arizona State UCLA leads, 15-9-1
    Nov. 28 at USC USC leads, 43-28-7
         
     
    2008 RESULTS
     
    (4-8, 3-6 Pac-10/8th)
    W, 27-24 Tennessee (OT)
    L, 0-59 at BYU
    L, 10-31 Arizona
    L, 31-36 Fresno State
    W, 28-3 Washington State
    L, 24-31 at Oregon
    W, 23-20 Stanford
    L, 20-41 at California
    L, 6-34 Oregon State
    W, 27-7 at Washington
    L, 9-34 at Arizona State
    L, 7-28 USC
       
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