In episode 193 of the ‘What’s Bruin Show’, former Bruin QB Wayne Cook joins us to talk about the UCLA football team after Chip Kelly’s first year, the Pac-12 and College Football Playoffs.
In this latest episode, your hosts Bill Shirley, Jake Merrifield, and I, along with guest host Jamaal Artis, welcome back former UCLA football player Wayne Cook in his third visit with the What’s Bruin Show.
The former Bruin joins us to give his takes on the Bruins’ the first year of the Chip Kelly era. The season started off on the wrong foot, but as the season progressed, there was growing evidence that they were getting better.
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With Cook having an upfront view of the team, he tells us what he thought about the offense and offensive line developing, what the defense needs to do to get better in 2019, and what exactly happened (and should happen moving forward) with special teams.
We then discuss what UCLA will do with a few players leaving. Cook tells us about the importance of Wilton Speight, what Caleb Wilson’s loss means and what the defense will miss with Adarius Pickett and Nate Meadors graduating.
UCLA will be missing out on a bowl game after going 3-9, which means the team has gotten a jump on some offseason movements. In that regard, Cook gives us his thoughts on Kelly promoting OL coach Justin Frye to offensive coordinator. (Note: We also talked about OL Justin Murphy returning, but you can just fast forward through that conversation as it was announced after we recorded that Murphy would be transferring from the Bruins).
We then have a little bit of fun as Cook gleefully tells us about what he thought of UCLA’s win over USC, why Stanford is allowed to cheat so much, and why the College Football Playoffs need to be expanded.
After our conversation with Cook, Bill, Jake, Jamaal, and I dive into UCLA basketball and their win over Notre Dame. Are the Bruins going in the right direction or taking another step back?
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