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, 10 September 2017 15:21

Jedd Fisch Post Hawai'i Presser

UCLA offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch has seen his popularity spike among the Bruin faithful of late. The Bruin offense has been outstanding since late in the third quarter in the opener against Texas A&M. The Bruins startd the Hawai'i game right where they left off. Fisch talks about the game, his quarterback Josh Rosen and more. Enjoy!

Sunday, 10 September 2017 02:49

Jim Mora Post Hawai'i Game Presser

UCLA head coach, Jim Mora, met with the media after his team's victory over Hawai'i. Enjoy!

Sunday, 10 September 2017 02:28

UCLA's Offense Impressive In Victory

Theo Howard HawaiiUCLA (2-0) back by a very impressive offensive effort throttle Hawai’i 56-23. Led by a brilliant performance from junior quarterback, Josh Rosen, the Bruins handed the Rainbow Warriors their first defeat in five games, dating back to last season.

Rosen set a career high five touchdown passes to go with his 329 yards. This was the 12th time during Rosen’s UCLA career that he has thrown for 300 yards. He broke the old school record of 11 held by Bruin great Cade McNown. Rosen’s accuracy was incredible, hitting on 22 passes out of 25 attempts.

Sophomore receiver, Theo Howard, also had a career game. His seven catches and his 110 receiving yards are career bests. He also had a career long 26-yard reception that was a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver, Darren Andrews, was extremely productive during the game. He had four receptions, three that were touchdowns and was just short of 100 receiving yards, with 92.

The Bruins started senior Nate Starks at running back and he had a productive night rushing for 42 yards on seven carries, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He also caught three passes for 68 yards, one of his receptions was on a gadget play that went for 39-yards when he was on the receiving end of a strike from sophomore tight end, Caleb Wilson.

“I’m happy, certainly offensively Josh [Rosen] was seeing the field really well, “ UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. “Our receivers did a good job of getting open and making plays with the ball after the catch. I thought we protected better than last week.”

“Rosen is playing really consistent and seeing things better,” Mora said. “He has worked very hard on this new offense to understand it. Every snap he takes because he is a cerebral guy because it’s important to him because he works hard he is going to improve. And that is what we are seeing. The key is to continue with his approach and the mindset that every snap matters, every practice rep matters and every clip of film he watches matters. He is capable of really good things when he does that.”

The Bruins will be hard to beat if they continue to play offense the way they have since late in the third quarter of the Texas A&M game. UCLA’s offense is running like a finely tuned machine. Case in point, other than a halftime break and taking a knee, the Bruin offense scored 12 touchdowns in a row.

UCLA’s defense played better, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Going into the game sophomore defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa didn’t suit up. During the game, the Bruins lost senior linebacker, Kenny Young, senior safety Jaleel Wadood and junior safety Adarius “Pick Six” Pickett.

The defense gave up a total of 281 rushing yards led by senior running back Diocemy Saint Juste and his 165 yards. The Bruins need to address this issue.

“We made some improvements defensively that was probably overshadowed by some of the late runs when we were playing some other guys,” Mora said. “We had three guys unavailable to us[Young, Wadood, and Pickett], but I know that all three of those guys will fight their way back to play at Memphis next week.”

“I still think you have to look at it hard regardless who is in there. Are we doing things schematically correct? Are your players understanding what you’re asking them to do and are you putting your players in the best positions to succeed? Regardless of who is in there, it gives you a chance to evaluate what you’re doing and evaluate all your players.”

“It was great to see some guys get time that we are going to depend on and count on because they are on the depth chart. They are guys that are going to have to play for us. Every rep is a chance to get better and a chance to evaluate ways to get better.”

UCLA will hit the road and play Memphis on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 AM (PST) and will be nationally televised on ABC/ESPN2.

Saturday, 09 September 2017 15:13

Josh Rosen Meets the Press

UCLA senior quarterback, Josh Rosen, met with a horde of local media after a recent practice. Rosen, who was selected Pac 12 Player of the Week, talked about the team's 24-hour rule and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

Saturday, 09 September 2017 15:00

UCLA To Host Hawai'i

Jamabo S UNLVUCLA (1-0) is coming off a short week of practice hot on the heels of their greatest comeback in school history. The architect of that comeback, junior quarterback Josh Rosen, was named Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 491 yards and four touchdowns.

Three Bruins hit the century mark or more in receiving yards. Tight end Caleb Wilson caught 15 passes for a new school single game reception record. He also had 208 yards. Darren Andrews had 12 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Lasley had four catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.

While it would be easy for UCLA to bask in the afterglow of such a substantial and thrilling victory but this is a team that needs to improve running the football and stopping the run. If they can’t do either it could end up being a long season.

Enter UCLA’s next opponent unbeaten, Hawai’i (2-0). The Rainbow Warriors aren’t the team that you could count on a win. The Bows are improved and are on a five game winning streak going back to last season, including a bowl victory.

The Bows are coached Nick Rolovich, who played his college football for Hawai’i. He is in his second-year as head coach and the improvement has been dramatic. He played under June Jones, during one of the best runs in Hawai’i football history. When his playing days were over for the Bows, Rolovich, held 19 school passing and eight total offense records. He is on a mission to return Hawai’i football to relevance and win over UCLA would be a huge step in that direction.

Junior quarterback, Dru Brown (6-0, 200), is the triggerman behind the Warrior offense. In two games, Brown had thrown for 545 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Hawaii’s leading receivers are sophomore John Ursua (5-10, 165) and BYU transfer junior Dylan Collie (5-10, 175). Ursua has 12 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown. Collie has nine receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown.

Senior running back, Diocemy Saint Juste, (5-8, 200) leads the Bows in rushing with 280 yards and one touchdown. Senior, Ryan Tuisoa, has 98 yards and a team leading three touchdowns.

The two teams have met twice before in the 1930s with the Bruins winning both times.

The game will is scheduled to kickoff at 2:01 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac 12 Network with JB Long doing the play-by-play, Yogi Roth sitting in the analyst’s chair and Jill Savage on the sideline.

If you are out and about you can listing to the game on 1150 AM with Josh Lewin back for play-by-back and Bruins Quarterbacks Matt Stevens (analyst) and Wayne Cook (sideline) in their usual roles.

Friday, 08 September 2017 15:20

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner On Defense

UCLA senior defensive lineman, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the play of the defense against Texas A&M and he talks about the coming game against Hawai'i. Enjoy!

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