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82 Review with Taylor Embree
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  07/22/2010

July 22, 2010

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Hey Bruins, welcome to the fourth edition of the 82 Review.

Our summer session is coming to an end and we have one more week left of school and summer workouts. The past two weeks of workouts have been some of the more intense workouts of the year. This week is our last week of regular workouts and player-run practices. We are beginning to prepare for our biggest week of the summer where we will be tested on our lifts, agility and vertical jump to see the progress we have made individually and as a team over summer. This testing period should have some big numbers. On my watch list is Ryan Taylor for squats, Kai Maiava for bench and Nate Chandler for power cleans.

On the field, competition between the offense and defense has really picked up the last two weeks of throwing. Players on both sides of the ball have made their share of plays.

Aaron Hester has played a major role in raising the intensity of our 1 on 1s and 7 on 7s with the defense and offense. Aaron has played real physical and made some nice plays on the ball, forcing all of us wide outs to play more aggressively. Nelson Rosario has made some spectacular catches, one on a post route in the red zone over 2 defenders. Freshmen Aramide Olaniyan and Tevin McDonald have both made some big plays during 7 on 7. Tevin has had a few pass break ups, and Aramide had a nice interception in the red zone. The freshmen have done a great job this summer of learning the plays and listening to the advice from the older players. I am excited to see how they will do in fall camp.

Off the field, life has been pretty busy. In the classroom, I just finished a class presentation on Romanian transportation, took a midterm and now I'm beginning to study for my final. The Romanian class that I am taking this summer is pretty difficult however, I enjoy learning a different language. I hope to one day visit Romania and be able to use what I have learned from this class in real life situations.

The summer heat is beginning to pick up so we have spent a lot of time going to the pool on campus and hanging outside. While I enjoy these nice summer days, I am hoping that the weather will cool down during camp.

I have to give a special shout out to my mom Natalyn and my girlfriend Rachel, both of whom celebrated their birthdays this past week. I am excited to see them when I go home next Thursday and am hoping someone saved me a piece of cake to eat.

I will be checking in again before the start of camp with an update of our testing results and news of my trip back home for break.


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