We heard from UCLA coach Rick Neuhiesel today by conference call. He said several interesting things, and John McGrath will write about some of it for our Tuesday paper, and I'll write about some more of it leading up to the game at UW a 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
However, there were two particular things I wanted to share now.
One, Neuheisel gave a straight-out apology to UW fans:
"I just want the fans to know that I am truly sorry for the messiness of how things shook out. Husky football is a great entity and a great program and I believe that good things are in store, and I believe that is also the case for UCLA football."
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He, when asked, he made a nice push for UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker as a head coach:
"I think he would be a wonderful candidate that I encourage anybody and everybody to certainly explore, because DeWayne is not only a gifted tactician with respect to defensive football, but also a good leader. The kids rally to him and I think he's a guy that people would be making a mistake if they didn't go that extra step and find out what he's all about and realize what a good man he is."
As I mentioned, more later.
But now, a scouting report on the Bruins:
UCLA (3-6 OVERALL, 2-4 PAC-10)
7:15 p.m. Saturday, FSN, at Husky Stadium.
Scouting report: UCLA is looking for its first road win. The Bruins rank 108th nationally in total offense. Kahlil Bell leads a rushing offense than ranks 116th out of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Craft ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in passing yardage and ninth in pass efficiency. The Bruins rank 67th nationally in total defense and 95th in scoring defense. Reggie Carter is their leading tackler, averaging 7.4 per game. Alterraun Verner is fifth in the league in passes defended. Over the last five games, opponents have converted only 28.1 percent on third-down tries. UCLA shines on special teams. Austin Terrence leads the league in all-purpose yards and kick returns. Aaron Perez is the top-rated punter. Kai Forbath is second in field goals.