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.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:10

Musing UCLA Football

UCLA Logo 2With two-thirds of the season over, the Bruins stand at four wins and four losses. UCLA is undefeated at home and winless on the road. Most pundits and fans, who watched training camp all the way back in August, when hopes were high for an outstanding season, thought UCLA’s defense was going to be the strength of the team.

The offense was a huge question mark back in August. The offensive line was getting dominated by a defensive front seven that has been a disappointment thus far this season.

What a difference the Bruin fan base is feeling these days. The feeling back in August if the offense would play at the level they have played at for most of the season, many would have thought the Bruins would be in the conversation for a special season. That dream has long been over.

Now the Bruins are hoping to rebound and finish the season strong. With a strong finish UCLA could build for the future and help with recruiting, but there are a lot of ifs facing the Bruin football team.

Can this defense with its injuries stop the run? There is no evidence that UCLA can stop the run and that is most debilitating to a defense. If you can’t stop the run, you make playing offense for the opposition very easy and therefore put more pressure on the Bruin offense to score every time they get the ball.

When an offense is thinking that they have to score every time they have the ball, it leads to errors, the kind that the UCLA offense has had this season, especially on the road.

The Bruins have four games left to play and how it will end no one really knows. Even if UCLA wins out and ends up 8-4, there will be some dissatisfaction among the fan base, who think that the Bruin football program should be playing for big prizes, at least every once and awhile.

The Bruins haven’t played in Rose Bowl on Jan.1, since 1999, and that was the last time UCLA was the conference. They have played in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Sun Bowl three times each since the new century.

A school with all the advantages of UCLA should be doing better than this.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 14:08

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford, and his basically young Bruin basketball team will have an exhibition game this evening (Nov. 1, 2017) at Pauley Pavilion. Alford met with the Bruin beat media to discuss his team. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 14:04

Introducing Freshman Kris Wilkes

UCLA true freshman guard, Kris Wilkes, has made the long trek from Indiana to play for the Bruins. Wilkes is one the high prized freshman recruits that the Bruin coaching staff will be counting on this coming season. Wilkes met with the Bruin beat media before a recent practice. Enjoy!

Monday, 30 October 2017 13:54

Aaron Holiday Looking Forward To Season

UCLA junior point guard, Aaron Holiday, is looking forward to the coming basketball season. The Bruins have a nice blend of experience and youthful true freshmen. Holiday talks about the coming basketball season and more. Enjoy!

Sunday, 29 October 2017 14:31

Huskies Batter Bruins, 44-23

Wilson J UWUCLA (4-4, 2-3) lost another game on the road to No. 12 ranked Washington (7-1, 4-1), falling 44-23. On offense, the Bruins couldn’t contain the Huskies pressure defense. The Huskies were so dominating on offense, they rarely had to pass to keep the Bruins honest, and Washington still rushed for 333 net yards.

The Huskies had a straight forward game plan knowing that the Bruins were depleted on the defensive side of the ball, they ran it down UCLA’s throat and there was nothing that the Bruins could do about it.

Washington had 70 offensive plays, 58 were of the rushing variety and they averaged 5.7 yards per rush.

Husky running back, Myles Gaskin, led the parade rushing for 169 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and scored one touchdown with a long run of 37 yards.

Lavon Coleman was just as productive for the Huskies, rushing for 94 yards while averaging 6.7 yards per carry, scoring three touchdowns with a long run of 33 yards.

A third Husky running back also got into the act. Salvon Ahmed rushed for 40 yards, averaged 6.7 yards per carry with a long run of 34 yards.

All three Husky running backs averaged over six yards per carry and all three had runs of 30 yards or better. You’re not going to win very many football games playing that kind of defense.

The usually reliable offense had a very bad outing. Josh Rosen was harassed and battered from the first series he played until he left the game with an injury. He was sacked four times and hit at least as many times. His injury status is unknown.

Devon Modster came in relief for Rosen and was 7-12 and threw his first touchdown pass to Darren Andrews.

Now the Bruins face a short week and travel to Salt Lake City to take on Utah (4-4, 1-4) on Friday Evening. The Utes are on a four-game losing streak, and are in much of a need for a win, as the Bruins are. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM PST.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:35

Bruins Ready To Battle Huskies In Seattle

Rosen UAUCLA (4-3, 2-2) is heading up north to Seattle where the No. 12-ranked Washington Huskies (6-1, 3-1) and a crowd of 70,138 fans await. It is a huge game for both teams. The Huskies had dreams of returning to the college playoffs and one more loss will definitely end that dream. The Bruins are trying to salvage a season and get their first win on the road in six tries.

For the Bruins to get that elusive road victory in six tries, they will have to crash the party and a riled up fan base that will be honoring the late great Dawg Father himself, Don James, not mention that it is Washington’s homecoming. No doubt the Husky faithful will be lathered up, loud and ready to go.

If history is any indication this will be a barn burner of a game. Many times in this series, no matter the record of the two teams, the games tend to be exciting. The Bruins will be needing their best effort of the season to come up with a victory.

A good game by UCLA’s sparkling quarterback, Josh Rosen will be key. A solid performance will move up in the Bruin record book. Rosen needs 330 passing yards, 201 total offense yards, and 36 completions to move up to third on the UCLA’s career lists in each category.

Rosen currently sits on top for in the Pac-12 in passing yards (2,620), passing yards per game (374.3) and total offense (371.0). If Rosen is able to get near his season averages it will be a big help in getting a win, but it won’t be easy against a Husky defense that ranked nationally in several categories.

UDub ranks No. 2 nationally in total defense (236.9 yards per game), No. 2 in rushing defense (73.0 yards per game), No. 3 in scoring defense (10.2 points per game), No. 6 in passing yards allowed (163.9 yards per game), No. 7 in first down defense (101), No. 12 in team sacks (3.13 per game) and No. 15 in turnover margin (+1.00 per game). Over a timespan that includes 21 games and counting, the Huskies haven’t given up over 30 points in a game. The last team score over 30 was Southern Miss in the 2015 Heart Of Dallas Bowl, the Dawgs ended up winning that contest 44-31.

The Bruins definitely have their work cut out for them. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 PM PST and will be televised by ABC with Bob Wischusen doing the play-by-play, former Husky great quarterback Brock Huard analyzing the action, with Allison Williams reporting from the sideline.

The game will be broadcast over the radio by UCLA Sports Network from IMG College it airs locally on either AM 1150 or AM 570 with Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens, and Wayne Cook in their usual roles.

The game will also be broadcast on SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Sirius Ch. 83/XM Ch. 83 and internet 972.

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