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.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:43

Jim Mora Monday Presser

UCLA head coach, Jim Mora met with the Bruin beat media and gave a detailed report on the status of his team after the disappointing loss against Memphis. He talks about his team's mindset and more. The report is in two parts. Enjoy!

Monday, 18 September 2017 14:38

Monday Morning Quarterback

UCLA USC 06It is tough being a fan of Bruin football. When was the last time the Bruins were able to put a solid defense and offense together in the same year? Maybe the first couple of years of Jim Mora, but still there wasn’t enough to stop physical Stanford or the speed of Oregon.

When will the Bruins field a dominating defense and offense in the same year? When this happens the Bruins will have the chance to when the South and play in the Conference Championship game, something that has eluded them for a while now.

The last time a UCLA team had a shot at truly playing for the National Championship was in Cade McNown’s senior season in 1998 when the offense had to outscore the opposition every game.

The hope of that season was dashed in Miami on a horrible call late in the game when receiver Brad Melsby’s knee was down, yet he was called for fumbling. In today’s environment, the referees would have been able to correct the error but that was not the case then.

The Hurricanes turned that turnover into points that ended up being the difference of the game. That loss knocked the Bruins out of the National Championship game.

Tennessee played Florida State and the Vols behind the quarterback play of now USC offensive coordinator, Tee Martin, were victorious. A flat and down UCLA team went to the Rose Bowl only to lose to a very physical Wisconsin team.

The Bruins were in the hunt in the middle of the last decade during Drew Olson’s senior season. Those hopes were crushed in the desert by Arizona and then the cherry on top of this bitter cake was another season-ending beat down from USC.

In the 1980s with hall-of-fame quarterback Troy Aikman the Bruins were close, but no cigar. During this time the Bruins developed so much winning talent UCLA had the record of most players from one college playing in one Super Bowl, yet the Bruins stumbled and failed to win the National Championship, something that has eluded them since Red Sanders and his 1954 team.

Yes, it can be frustrating being a Bruin fan. It wouldn’t at all be surprising if the Bruins end up beating Stanford Saturday Evening. That’s how this football program rolls.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:35

Bruins Suffer First Lost

Starks J MemphisUCLA (2-1) touched down in Memphis (2-0) where the hungry Tigers were lying in wait. Right from the get-go, the Bruin defense was gashed when Darrell Henderson ran for 80-yards before being wrestled down at the Bruin 11-yard line. Memphis would go on to score a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead and the track meet was on.

It was a seesaw affair that saw the lead change hands seven times. The game was never over until it was over. When the dust settled, Memphis remained undefeated handing the Bruins their first loss of the season 48-45.

Between the two teams, there were 1,193 total yards. UCLA had 633 and Memphis 560. The Bruins and the Tigers had three turnovers apiece, but the only turnover that was converted into points was a pick-six by Memphis redshirt freshman linebacker, Tim Hart, who raced 60-yards for the score.

Memphis quarterback, Riley Ferguson, bounced back from a shaky opener when he only threw for 97 yards. Against the Bruin defense, he threw for 398 yards, hitting 23 of his 38 attempts, and six touchdowns.

The Bruin defense was able for the first time this season, be stout against the run, but Memphis countered that with some outstanding screens that gashed the Bruins for big plays. One of the screens was a 47-yard score to running back Patrick Taylor, Jr.

Most of the damage to the Bruins was inflicted by Memphis senior receiver, Anthony Miller, who caught nine passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen just couldn’t engineer another thrilling comeback, but he sure made the effort. He threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Rosen recorded his third consecutive 300-yard passing game, matching Brett Hundley’s school record of three set in 2012. He even rushed for a score.

As good as Rosen’s stat sheet looks, he admitted that his mistakes were the difference between winning and losing. While it is admirable that Rosen wants to shoulder the blame, there is plenty to go around and this game could be a turning point for better days ahead.

Senior receiver, Darren Andrews, had another great day hauling in 10 receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown. The Bruin running game had its best day, rushing for 170 yards with Bolu Olorunfunmi leading the way with 77 yards while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. The team in total averaged 4.9 yards per rush.

What looked like during camp to be a strength, UCLA’s defense needs to pick it up. Their Achilles' heel has been giving up big plays and getting gashed. Giving up big chunks of yardage as to stop or it is going to be teeter-totter type of season for the Bruins.

UCLA has a really big challenge ahead of them when they travel to the Farm to play always tough during the Jim Mora era, Stanford. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM (PST) and will be nationally televised on ESPN.

Saturday, 16 September 2017 14:03

UCLA Travels All the Way To Memphis

Theo Howard HawaiiUCLA (2-0) and the red-hot Bruin offense will be taking their act on the road for the first time this season. The Bruins are heading to Memphis (1-0), to play a Tiger team that has been on the rise in recent years.

Memphis had their last game canceled due to all the inclement weather that has been hammering Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the surrounding areas.

Because of the lack of tape, Memphis could make things somewhat tough on the Bruin defense. The unit has started slow, especially against the run game. The UCLA defense has given up 663 rushing yards in their first two games and the opposition has been averaging 6.3 yards per rush.

This is something that the Bruins drastically have to address. It is unrealistic that the UCLA offense can continue at this pace. The Bruin defense has to pick it up against the run.

The Tigers are coached by Mike Norvell (9-5). The Bruin brain trust knows Norvell well from his days as the offensive coordinator at Arizona State. In his first year at the helm, Norvell registered eight wins, the most in program history, for a first-year coach, at Memphis. He was the first rookie coach to get the Tigers bowl eligible. No wonder Memphis football is has a lot of optimism about its future.

The Memphis offense is led by senior quarterback, Riley Ferguson (6-4, 240), who threw for 3,698 yards his junior season, 32 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Ferguson had a slow start in game one, throwing for 97 yards, completing 10 out 25 passes and one interception, but his team still won the opener.

The Tigers were able to win their opening game because of an impressive running game. That should give the Bruins something to think about. Memphis has two outstanding sophomore running backs, both ran for over 100-yards in the opener.

Darrell Henderson (5-9, 200) led the Tigers with 169 yards rushing, averaging 14.1 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns. Patrick Taylor, Jr., was almost as good, rushing for 132 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per rush and one touchdown.

Though the Tiger passing game may have got off to slow start, based on last season, the passing attack has the potential to be a very potent part of their offense.

Ferguson’s go-to guy is senior wide receiver, Anthony Miller (5-11, 190), who has caught a pass in every game he has played and that is 26 games and counting.

In the opener, Miller had two receptions for 23 yards. As a junior, he had 95 catches for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns. During Miller’s illustrious career, he has 142 receptions for 2,128 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 AM (PST) and will be nationally televised on ABC/ESPN2 with Beth Mowins doing the play-by-play, Anthony Becht analyzing the action, and Rocky Boiman roaming the sideline.

If you have to be out and about you can catch the game on the radio on AM 1150 with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Matt Stevens (analyst), and Wayne Cook (sideline) in their usual chairs.

The game will also be broadcast on SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Sirius Ch. 145/XM Ch. 197/internet 959.

Friday, 15 September 2017 14:44

Josh Rosen Meets the Press

UCLA junior quarterback, Josh Rosen, is playing about as well as a quarterback can. After a slow start against Texas A&M, the talented signal caller has been sizzling hot. In two games, Rosen has thrown for 820 yards, nine touchdowns, and zero interceptions while completing 67.9 percent of his passes. Rosen met with the UCLA beat media after a recent practice, the following is what transpired. Enjoy!

Friday, 15 September 2017 14:33

Darren Andrews AKA Mr. Production

Senior wide receiver, Darren Andrews, should have the nickname, "Mr. P" short for Mr. Production. So far on the young season, "Mr. P" has 16 receptions, for 234 yards and five touchdowns. Yes, five out of Mr. P's 16 catches have gone for scores. Andrews talks about his three touchdown game against Hawai'i and more. Enjoy!

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