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.

Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:03

Bruins Plowed Over On the Farm

Jamabo S SUAnd the beat goes on. While the Bruins gave a valiant effort until miscues and penalties became too much to overcome. As night turns into day and the sun sets in the West, Stanford (2-2, 1-1) beat UCLA (2-2, 0-1) for the tenth time in a row, in a game that was closer than the 58-34 score would indicate.

In games where there were more flags flying than the 4th of July, the Bruins were flagged 13 times for 132 yards and the Cardinal were called for 12 penalties for 86 yards. There were questionable calls against both teams but it seemed the penalties tilted negatively against UCLA.

Even with all the flags, the Bruins had their chances, but couldn’t get out of their own way. UCLA’s penalties killed drives and kept drives going for Stanford and it that wasn’t bad enough the Bruins turned the ball over four times, dropped a touchdown pass that was followed up with a blocked field goal.

You’re not going to win many football games when you turn the ball over four times, don’t make plays that are makeable, and are penalized for over 100-yards.

If this season gets salvaged, it will happen because the Bruins finally figured out how to defend against the run. Once again the Bruins were gashed for big plays defending the running game.

The Bruins gave up 405 net rushing yards. The Cardinal average 9.0 yards per carry. That is not winning defense said Captain Obvious. The Bruins defense gave up three big rushing plays.

Of course, you would expect that Cardinal sensational junior running back, Bryce Love, would be the owner of one of the big plays. He was. Love’s 69-yard jaunt was one of the daggers to the heart.

Another junior running back, Cameron Scarlett, shredded the Bruin defense for a 62-yard run and freshman, running back/receiver Connor Weddington took a reverse for 43-yards. Those three plays accounted for 174 out of the 405 net rushing yards. It’s a recurring problem that has to be addressed.

The Bruins offense while improving on a weekly basis has to limit penalties. They had bone-crushing drive killing penalties and turnovers that just stilted the offense.

On the good, junior running back Soso Jamabo, rushed for 100 yards. Jamabo is the first Bruin since 2015 to accomplish that feat.

UCLA had two receivers who went over the century mark in receiving yards. Jordan Lasley had career highs in receptions with 11 and in receiving yards with 158 and scored one touchdown. Caleb Wilson added 11 catches for 145 yards.

Quarterback Josh Rosen had an outstanding night throwing for 480 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. On Rosen’s two interceptions, one was a tip-off a receiver’s hands and the other was where the quarterback and the receiver were not on the same page.

In total, the Bruins had 595 offensive yards, averaging 7.9 yards per play. Stanford had 553 offensive yards and averaged 8.0 yards per play. The game was closer than the scoreboard indicated, but Stanford did to the Bruins what they always seem to do, find a way to win.

Now it’s back to the drawing board for Jim Mora and his staff. The challenge is to fix the run defense and offensively, cut down on the turnovers and penalties. There is still a lot of season yet to played and a turnaround is possible, but for that to happen UCLA has some cleaning up to do.

The Bruins have Colorado coming to the Rose Bowl on September 30 for a 7:30 PM PST scheduled kickoff.

Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:42

Can Bruins Roar Back On the Farm?

rosen AMUCLA (2-1) hopes to roar back after a heartbreaking loss to Memphis last Saturday (9-17-17). The task won’t be easy if recent history is our guide. The Bruins head to the Farm to take on Stanford (1-2) and for the first time since 2009, neither team is nationally ranked.

The Cardinal have pretty much had their way in this series over the past nine years, winning nine straight games, five of those wins were at the venue the contest will be played, Stanford Stadium.

Though the Bruins have been improving in the running game, week-to-week, it has been their explosive passing game that has been their main feature.

The explosive passing attack is fueled but their triggerman, junior Josh Rosen, who leads the nation in passing yards with 1,283, passing touchdowns with13, points responsible for with84, and points responsible for per game averaging 28.0. Rosen currently is fourth in the nation in total offense yards per game averaging428.0.

Rosen’s go-to guy this season is senior, Darren Andrews, who leads the team in receptions with 26, yards receiving with 409, touchdowns with six, and is averaging a team-leading 136.3 yards per game.

UCLA’s defense lost five starters from the 2016 squad that are on NFL rosters so they needed to get their sea legs, but the Bruin defense has been decimated by injuries and who will be ready to play will be a game-time decision. It is difficult getting cohesion with so many players out, but the younger players are getting much-needed experience. Something that will prove beneficial later in the season, but for now there are growing pains.

Stanford’s offense could give the young Bruin defense trouble. As usual, the Cardinal has a physical running game led by their dynamic junior running back, Bryce Love (5-10, 196).

The talented Love is the first running back in Stanford Cardinal history that has run for over 100-yards in his first five starts. The way the Bruins have played the run, that little factoid, must be keeping the Bruin defensive staff up at night.

In three games this season, Love, has rushed for 535-yards, averaging 12.2 yards per carry and four touchdowns. His long run this season is 75-yards. He’s explosive and a threat to take it the house every time he has the ball in his hands.

Stanford’s starting quarterback is senior Keller Chryst (6-5, 234). The passing game has been hindered somewhat by spotty pass protection. Chryst has thrown for 497 yards, hitting on 52.8 percent of his passes, four touchdowns, and two picks.

The Cardinal go into the game as a seven-point favorite based on the ability of Love to tun the ball and UCLA’s inconsistency to stop it and the fact that the Cardinal has such a commanding winning streak against the Bruins, but all streaks have end someday.

Bruin head coach Jim Mora has never tasted victory against the Cardinal and he hopes it ends tonight.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM PST and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN TV with Mark Jones doing the play-by-play, Rod Gilmore analyzing the action, and Quint Kessenich will be on the sideline.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG College will broadcast the game on AM 1150 with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Matt Stevens (analyst), and Wayne Cook (sideline), holding down their usual posts.

The game will also be broadcast by SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Sirius Ch. 80/XM Ch. 80/Internet 967 and on ESPN Radio with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons handling the chores

Friday, 22 September 2017 13:46

Josh Rosen Taking Next Step

As good as the junior quarterback, Josh Rosen, is, the young signal caller is always striving to get better and improve his game. He talks about what he is working on to take the next step in his game and more. Enjoy!

Friday, 22 September 2017 13:40

Josh Woods Returns

UCLA junior linebacker, Josh Woods, met with the Bruin beat media after a recent practice. One topic of discussion was his suspension in the first-half of the Memphis game. He also talks about Stanford and more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:23

Jim Mora After Practice Presser

UCLA head coach, Jim Mora, met with local Los Angeles media for the last time until after the upcoming Stanford game. He talks about the Cardinal game and a lot more. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:31

Michael Alves Gaining Confidence

UCLA redshirt freshman right guard, Michael Alves, has earned the starting spot. He talks about the thing he has improved on most since arriving on campus a year ago. Alves also touches on the coming Stanford game and more. Enjoy!

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