In episode 191 of the ‘What’s Bruins Show’, we recap the UCLA football team’s last game of the season as well as the season itself. We also look into the future with a quick glance at 2019. Oh yeah, we also talk about UCLA basketball.
In this latest episode, hosts Bill Shirley, Jake Merrifield and I are a little sad because the season is over, but also filled with hope as we are excited for the direction the UCLA football team is heading in.
We start the show by recapping the last game of the 2018 season. Because the Bruins finished with a 3-9 record they are not eligible for a postseason bowl berth, so their season abruptly ended last Saturday against Stanford.
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But there was a lot to take away from that game as the Bruins produced the most total yards (528) and points (42) in the 2018 season. This season we have seen the Bruins run the ball, but against Stanford, the Bruins were on fire through the air as Wilton Speight threw for 466 yards. Not only do we get into his performance, but how he was such a big asset to the team and what they will take from his knowledge going forward.
So what about the season itself? It started out as a mitigated disaster (do you remember the “Doomsday Clock”? Neither do we), but as we started to see as the weeks went by, there was a method to Chip Kelly‘s madness.
In what areas did the Bruins get better? In what areas did they get worse? How bad did injuries and youth affect the team? Is the offense on the right path? Did the defense do what they were supposed to? We answer all of these questions in our review of the season.
We then give our way-too-early claims on our “Magic Men”. Who are the Bruins on offense and defense that we believe will make the biggest impact for the team in 2019? Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Joshua Kelley, Kazmeir Allen, Boss Tagaloa, Darnay Holmes, Keiseasn Lucier-South? Who made our lists?
And for those of you that are clamoring for some
talk, we dedicate a few minutes at the end of the show to talking about the state of the Bruins. Basically, it does not look good. In fact, one could say nothing has changed from last season and that is a problem.
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