Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel, the former managing editor of PrepStar magazine, is nationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on college football recruiting. The veteran analyst and reporter was key in first making Blue Chip Illustrated and then PrepStar Magazine a recruiting publication standard.

Kimbrel has written for CBS Sportsline, ESPN.com, CNN-SI, The Sporting News, Athlon's, Lindy's, Football News, and numerous other publications. He has also consulted on All-America teams for Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's. Most recently, Rick was the West Coast Recruiting Editor for Rivals.com, national recruiting consultant for Rivals.com and publisher of BruinBlitz.com.

Rick has been a featured guest on many television shows around the nation including Prime Ticket, Fox Sports, Fox Sports West, CNN, CNN-SI and numerous local and regional stations. Kimbrel is also a highly sought after guest on radio broadcasts from coast-to-coast.

Monday, 16 October 2017 13:48

Thomas Welsh Ready For Senior Season

UCLA senior big man, Thomas Welsh met with the Bruin beat media recently talk about the coming basketball season and more. Enjoy!


Sunday, 15 October 2017 14:48

Bruins Burned By Tate and Cats

Olorunfunmi B UAUCLA (3-3, 1-2) saw up close what kind of second act Wildcat quarterback, Khalil Tate would have. Just one week after being Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Week when he rushed for 327 yards and threw for 142. Against the Bruins, Tate rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 148 yards and one touchdown leading Arizona (4-2, 2-1) to a convincing 47-30 victory.

The battered Bruin defense gave up a disastrous 605 total offensive yards. There aren’t a lot of teams, if any, that would be able to pull out a victory while giving up that much yardage. The outcome was predictable.

UCLA’s offense had four turnovers, three Josh Rosen interceptions and one Soso Jamabo fumble that turned into 10 points. Two of Rosen’s picks were in the red zone and the third was returned for a touchdown.

What could go wrong ultimately did go wrong for the Bruins. On defense, tackling struggles continued although there was a lot of work put in during the bye week to remedy the problem.

It appears that the Bruins are playing two different seasons one where they are successful when they are playing in the friendly confines of the Rose Bowl and another one when they play on the road where they are their own worst enemies.

On the road, the Bruins have turned the ball over 11 times that is a recipe for disaster and disaster is what has greeted the Bruins all three road games.

The Bruin coaching staff better right the ship in a hurry, or a season that started with so much promise, could end up sinking like the Titanic. UCLA’s three remaining road games are against arguably three of the top four of five teams in the conference. UCLA has to play Washington, Utah, and USC on the road.

The Bruins don’t have it easy at home for the remaining schedule either. Starting with an Oregon (4-3, 1-3) team, as desperate for a win as the Bruins, coming to the Rose Bowl this coming Saturday for 1:00 PM PST kickoff.

Olorunfunmi B AMUCLA (3-2, 1-1) has had a bye week to heal up and work on improving its run defense. Now all eyes are set on Arizona (3-2, 1-1) as the Bruins take their act to Tucson where the Wildcats wait.

Wildcats are coming off a road victory over the Colorado Buffaloes 45-42. Arizona had to hold back a hard charging Buffs for the victory. The Cats were energized by an outstanding performance off the bench by sophomore quarterback, Khalil Tate (6-2, 215), who rushed for 327 yards, number that is second best in school history. Included in his rampage were touchdown runs of 58, 28, 47 and 75 yards.

To make matters worse for a struggling UCLA defense, Tate passed for 142 yards and threw for a touchdown. All this production from a backup quarterback?

The Bruin defense will be severely tested by the explosive Wildcat offense. It is going to be vital that the UCLA defense plays their best game of the season if they are going to be able to slow down Arizona’s high octane offense.

Counted on to stop the Cats will be senior defensive back Jaleel Wadood, who leads the Bruins in tackles with 30. Senior linebacker Kenny Young and junior safety Adarius Pickett are tied for second in tackles with 27. Junior defensive back Nate Meadors leads the team with five deflected passes.

True freshman defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips leads the Bruins in tackles for loss with 4.5; followed by sophomore defensive linemen Rick Wade and Chigozie Nnoruka with 4.0 and senior defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner has a team-leading 2.5 sacks.

If the Bruin defense doesn’t slow down the Wildcat offense than this game as all the earmarks of a good old-fashioned shootout.

UCLA’s offense has been spectacular led by field general field general Josh Rosen. The talented junior quarterback was named to the Manning Watch List and it is well deserved.

In five games, Rosen has hit on 159-245 passes, completing 64.9 percent of his passes, for 2,135 yards, and 17 touchdowns, against five interceptions. Rosen is on pace to throw for over 5,000 yards and if he does, it will be a new Pac 12 Conference record. The current record holder is Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Jared Goff, at 4,719 yards with the Cal Bears.

Rosen likes to share the wealth. There are 14 receivers on this UCLA team that have caught at least two passes, nine average 10-yards or better per grab and seven different receivers have been on the scoring end of a throw.

The Arizona Wildcat defense will also be put to the test and victor in this game will probably benefit from a decisive defensive play.

The Bruins will be looking for their first road victory of the season when the game kicks off at 6:00 PM PST in Arizona Stadium, a venue that holds 56,000 fans.

The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks with Roxy Bernstein doing the play-by-play, Anthony Herron will be in the analyst chair, and Lewis Johnson will be covering the sideline.

The radio broadcast will be handled by UCLA Sports Network from IMG College and will be on AM 1150 with Josh Lewin and the quarterbacks, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook in their usual roles.

Friday, 13 October 2017 13:43

Josh Rosen Ready For Challenge

UCLA quarterback, Josh Rosen, met with the Bruin beat media. Some topics covered are the bye week, Arizona, playing against people that he knows, and more. Enjoy!


Friday, 13 October 2017 13:38

Theo Howard Ready To Go

UCLA sophomore receiver, Theo Howard, is ready for a bounce-back game against Arizona on Saturday. He talks about the game and more. Enjoy!


Friday, 13 October 2017 13:30

Chigozie Nnoruka Getting It Done

UCLA sophomore defensive lineman, Chigozie Nnoruka, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the Arizona game and its many challenges. One topic of discussion is putt pressure on the talented Wildcat quarterbacks. Enjoy!


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