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By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
UCLA coach Jim Mora has agreed to a contract extension, which will keep the second-year coach with the Bruins until 2019.
The extension came largely as a response to Mora’s name being mentioned with the opening at Washington. The Huskies are looking for a coach after Steve Sarkisian left for USC.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mora will receive a two-year extension, increased pay for his assistant coaches and improved facilities.
Improving the facilities is a crucial element for UCLA moving forward, as the Bruins have been criticized in the past for lagging behind the rest of the Pac-12 in this area.
Mora is 18-8 in two years, including a Pac-12 South title last season.
Mora received an extension, assured of better pay for assistants and improved infrastructure for program #UCLA— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) December 3, 2013
By David Fox, 1 month 4 days ago
Not long ago, Boston College has one of the most consistent programs in the country. The Eagles reached 12 consecutive bowl games from 1999-2010, including a streak of eight consecutive wins.
Thanks to Andre Williams, those streaks have a chance to start anew.
Williams entered the week perhaps as one of the most underrated running backs in the country. After rushing for an ACC-record 339 yards in a 38-21 win over NC State, Williams will be overlooked no more.
In one day, Williams made Boston College bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons, set the ACC single-season rushing record and earned Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.
Williams leads the nation in total rushing yards (1,810) by nearly 400 yards and yards per game (181) by more than 30 yards per game.
“He's certainly, without a doubt, one of the more dominant players in college football,” Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. “He's an unselfish guy who realizes that he has a great offensive line in front of him and he realizes that this is a team game.”
Athlon Sports Week 12 National Awards
National Offensive Player of the Week: Andre Williams, Boston College
Boston College continued its impressive first season under new coach Steve Addazio, as the Eagles defeated NC State to 38-21 to improve to 6-4 overall. Williams has carried the offense this season, and the senior gashed the Wolfpack defense for 339 yards and two touchdowns. The 339 yards were an ACC single-game record. Williams has 634 yards in his last two games and has rushed for at least 166 in each of his last four contests. Even though Williams is considered a power back, he has at least one run of 56 yards or longer in each of his last four games. The senior has 1,810 yards in 2013, which is a Boston College single-season record. With three games left, Williams has a chance to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.
National Defensive Player of the Week: K.J. Morton, Baylor
Last week, Baylor’s run defense was the key to the victory over Oklahoma. Against Texas Tech, a defensive back was the key defender. The dreadlocked Morton finished with the wild stat line of nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a sack and an interception. His athletic, leaping pick of Baker Mayfield on a corner blitz was one of the highlights of the game and a key turning point.
National Freshman of the Week: Myles Jack, UCLA
USC's Dion Bailey made the defensive play of the weekend with his late red zone interception of Kevin Hogan, but the legend of Myles Jack is growing in Westwood after another two-way performance in a critical home win over Washington. The freshman linebacker collected five tackles and a pass broken up on defense to go with 13 rushing attempts, 59 yards rushing and four offensive touchdowns. He has 179 yards rushing and five scores in two games as a two-way player. This is the team's No. 2 tackler we are talking here. He has vaulted himself to the top of the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year conversation with his last two games and has a chance for another signature moment against Arizona State with the division title on the line next weekend.
National Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
The moving parts on Oklahoma State’s offense have been the key storyline for the Cowboys’ season, but the one constant has been the defense and its ability to force turnovers. Against Texas, Oklahoma State extended its streak of 18 consecutive games with a takeaway. The Cowboys’ three interceptions led Oklahoma State in the 38-13 win over Texas that kept the Pokes in Big 12 contention. Star cornerback Justin Gilbert was the star for Spencer’s D Saturday with two interceptions, including a 48-yard pick six.
Athlon Sports Week 12 Conference Awards
Offense: Andre Williams, Boston College
Defense: Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Freshman: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Coordinator: Kurt Roper, Duke
Offense: James Sims, Kansas
Defense: K.J. Morton, Baylor
Freshman: Shock Linwood, Baylor
Coordinator: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
Offense: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Defense: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Freshman: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Coordinator: Dave Aranda, Wisconsin
Offense: Connor Halliday, Washington State
Defense: Myles Jack, UCLA
Freshman: Myles Jack, UCLA
Offense: Aaron Murray, Georgia
Defense: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Freshman: Kelvin Taylor, Florida
Coordinator: Bob Shoop, Vanderbilt
By Athlon Sports, 3 months 1 week ago
On the heels of the tragic news that UCLA freshman WR Nick Pasquale died after being stuck by a car on Monday, the media gathered to hear Mora speak about his former player. However, a local media member (a TV technician) interrupted the session by talking on the phone in the back corner. This drew a death stare and a walkout from an irate Mora.
By Stephen Schindler, 3 months 2 weeks ago
UCLA fans were not pleased with the Bruins LA Nights alternate last season, but they should have no problem with the sleek all-black look the Bruins are going with on November 15 against Washington. UCLA's new adidas TECHFIT "LA Midnight" uniform is black with blue and gold shoulder stripes and player numbers.The Bruins' helmet is black with the UCLA logo in gold metallic.
FIRST LOOK: Side of UCLA's uniform for Washington on 11/15 http://t.co/dSJg2gLt9u— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 3, 2013
An extra bonus for those in the City of Angels are the gloves that feature the Los Angeles skyline at night!
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
The transfer saga of former Notre Dame signee Eddie Vanderdoes appears to be finished. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the California native was granted a waiver to play in 2013 and will not have to sit out a season due to transfer rules.
Vanderdoes signed with Notre Dame in February but chose to leave the school this summer. The Fighting Irish would not release Vanderdoes from his scholarship, which meant the defensive lineman would have to sit out a year.
However, Vanderdoes’ appeal for immediate eligibility has been approved, which means UCLA is getting a player capable of making a big impact on the defensive line. Datone Jones expired his eligibility after last season, and Owamagbe Odighizuwa is recovering from offseason hip surgery. Even though Vanderdoes didn’t practice this spring with the Bruins, there’s a good chance he will be in the two-deep by the season opener.
By Steven Lassan, 6 months 1 week ago
The 2013 college football season is just around the corner, and Athlon continues its countdown to kickoff with a look at our first, second and third All-Pac-12 teams for this season.
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2013 All-Pac-12 Team
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
WR Marqise Lee, USC
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
OG David Yankey, Stanford
OT Jake Fisher, Oregon
OT Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
AP De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
DE Morgan Breslin, USC
DT Will Sutton, Arizona State
DT Leonard Williams, USC
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
LB Trent Murphy, Stanford
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State
S Dion Bailey, USC
S Ed Reynolds, Stanford
K Trevor Romaine, Oregon State
P Darragh O’Neill, Colorado
KR Marqise Lee, USC
PR Shaquelle Evans, UCLA
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First Second Third Overall Arizona 1 1 2 4 Arizona State 1 3 4 8 California 0 2 1 3 Colorado 1 0 2 3 Oregon 6 3 4 13 Oregon State 4 3 2 9 Stanford 4 4 2 10 UCLA 3 3 2 8 USC 5 4 0 9 Utah 0 0 2 2 Washington 2 2 2 6 Washington State 0 1 3 4
QB Brett Hundley, UCLA
RB Marion Grice, Arizona State
RB Silas Redd, USC
WR Shaquelle Evans, UCLA
WR Kasen Williams, Washington
TE Chris Coyle, Arizona State
C Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
OG Kevin Danser, Stanford
OG Max Tuerk, USC
OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford
OT Michael Philipp, Oregon State
DE Ben Gardner, Stanford
DE Taylor Hart, Oregon
DT Deandre Coleman, California
DT George Uko, USC
LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA
LB Hayes Pullard, USC
LB Shaq Thompson, Washington
CB Alex Carter, Stanford
CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
S Deone Bucannon, Washington State
S Alden Darby, Arizona State
K Vince D’Amato, California
P Keith Kostol, Oregon State
KR De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
PR Richard Morrison, Arizona
QB Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
RB Brendan Bigelow, California
RB Storm Woods, Oregon State
WR Josh Huff, Oregon
WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon
C Jake Brendel, UCLA
OG Daniel Munyer, Colorado
OG Grant Enger, Oregon State
OT Evan Finkenberg, Arizona State
OT Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
DE Henry Anderson, Stanford
DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA
DT Wade Keliikipi, Oregon
DT Danny Shelton, Washington
LB Brian Blechen, Utah
LB Carl Bradford, Arizona State
LB Jake Fischer, Arizona
CB Osahon Irabor, Arizona State
CB Jonathan McKnight, Arizona
S Sean Parker, Washington
S Jordan Richards, Stanford
K Andrew Furney, Washington State
P Michael Bowlin, Washington State
KR Teondray Caldwell, Washington State
PR Bralon Addison, Oregon
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