It is not just players getting named for preseason awards as UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora has been named to the Dodd Trophy watch list.
It is no secret that the UCLA Football team has some excellent players, but they have good coaches as well.
Yesterday, Bruin Head Coach Jim Mora was named as one of the 24 coaches from around the country to the Dodd Trophy preseason watch list.
According to their website at www.TheDoddTrophy.com, “The award honors the coach of a team with a successful season on the field and equally as important, stresses the importance of academic excellence and desire to give back to the community.”
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Not only do the Bruins put out one of the top graduation rates in the Pac-12 every year, but just the same they have found a lot of success on the field. Since Mora was hired, he took over a team that was 6-6 and has led the Bruins to a minimum of eight wins every season.
In that time, Mora had not only posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 1988, but also claimed three consecutive 9-win seasons for the first time in the history of the UCLA Football program.
This year, Mora looks to improve off of last season when his Bruins finished with an 8-5 record, the lowest win total in his four years. But fear not! The Bruins have been making changes to help elevate the play of the team and have them gunning for the Pac-12 Championship once again.
The Bruins have a new offensive coordinator with power, a 4-3 defensive formation, some kid named Josh Rosen and, oh yeah, that hard-nosed leader of men, Jim Mora.