In the latest edition of Pac-12 Football Training Camp, the Pac-12 Networks turned their attention to UCLA. The Bruins had recently returned from Cal State San Bernardino for the first two weeks of fall camp. Now that they have returned to the rolling hills of Westwood, they have become subject to the preseason show. Hosts Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway took us through the adventure that is UCLA Football.
Brett Hundley had made an appearance and was showered with compliments. While Hundley was on the air, Neuheisel was gushing over him and talking about who he knew Hundley would be something special (Neuheisel recruited the Arizona native when he was the Bruin head coach). Although among all the praise, one of the more telling things Neuheisel said was that billboards will be put up with Hundley on it. There are several around town.
Jim Mora joined the program, commenting like a head coach does. Not too much information, but just enough. He did not exactly want to give away his weaknesses, but when it came to the recent rash of injuries to the offensive line, he said, “We’re still kind of shuffling the deck.” He also gave his selections for some breakout players. You may know them already, but just remember the names Kenneth Clark, Owamagbe Odighizuwa and freshman Kenny Young. You will not be disappointed.
Later in the program, Neuheisel talked to leading tackler form last season, Eric Kendricks, about how his role in the evolution of this team. The former Bruin coach said there were some missing pieces around Kendricks in his first few years, but commented on how the pieces seem to all be there now, upon which Kendricks replied, “We are all on the same page.” And how. They also previewed The Drive.
Neuheisel had left the program nearly three years ago under unfortunate terms, but as of now, he is having fun with his former team, especially since his son, Jerry Neuheisel, is battling for the back-up QB spot. Yam gave the old coach a couple jabs, but the best one was when he called younger Neuheisel “better looking”. The elder Neu agreed. Still, it was all fun and games as both Neuheisel boys competed in a passing game called “Crossbar” with the coach coming away victorious. Jerry’s punishment… saying on television, “My father is still the King.”
The voice of the Bruins for 23 years, Chris Roberts, had also joined the Pac-12 crew with his most telling comment being, “this is the sharpest team I have seen in a while.” Since 1998, Mr. Roberts.
After the commercial break, Jerry tried to defend his loss to his father, by claiming that he was hustled, claiming his microphone as a distraction. All of this was happening whilst the Coach was pumping his arms in the in the back round. Jerry then had the last laugh as he ended the program with a pitch perfect impression of his father and his “big words”. It helps when you sound EXACTLY like your father.