May 25, 2010
I am real excited about having the opportunity to write a blog for the football site. Through the blog, all Bruin fans can remain updated on our team's path through what WILL be a fun and successful season.
After Spring ball, we got a week off from workouts to help our bodies recover and focus on school. Now, we are now heavy into our off-season workouts with coach Linn and his staff. Coach Linn has done a great job of keeping us focused on our goal of a successful season. We have 13 weeks of workouts until Fall camp begins, and each week is dedicated to one of the opponents we will face this season. Depending on the team's overall effort in both the weight room and conditioning, we either win or lose the week.
During our lifting sessions, coach Linn has video highlights from our opponent of that week playing on the monitors around the weight room. This week's workouts are dedicated to the University of Texas. So far, we are 3-0 and the team is working harder than ever. Coach has increased the conditioning aspect of our workouts to get us prepared to run our new no-huddle offense (which I am real excited for).
Courtney Viney (db), Antwon Moutra (wr) and Marlon Pollard (db) have all done a great job of pushing everyone during conditioning. They set a fast pace for the skills which results in a competitive nature during the running. I definitely have to give props to Josh Smith (wr), Darius Savage (ol) and Kai Maiava (c), who have each battled through injuries and are doing a great job returning to workouts with the team.
We have also been doing 7-on-7's twice a week. These workouts are fast-paced and highly competitive. Offensively, we have picked up the tempo, and have done a great job of moving the football and making plays. I am especially impressed with Christian Ramirez who was moved back to offense at F-back. He has done a good job of learning the playbook and making plays. Quarterback Kevin Prince has stepped up as a leader on the offense and does a tremendous job of playing "coach" and organizing the offense.
Off the field, my life has been really busy. This past weekend, I was in Kansas City for my brother Connor's graduation. I am very proud of his successes as both a student and an athlete. Next year, he will be attending UNLV, where he will play quarterback. The whole family was back in KC for the big event, including my grandparents and cousin. It is always nice having the family together, especially now that we are spread all over the country. Right now, we are in the middle of a move from Kansas City to Washington, D.C for my dad's new job as tight ends coach with the Washington Redskins. It is a hectic time for my family, but we are all excited to be Redskins now!
The school year is winding down, and finals are three weeks away. I am a History major, so two of my classes are in History and both are pretty challenging. My third class is a World Arts and Culture class and is probably one of the more interesting I have taken at UCLA. We are learning about history and culture as seen from the point of view of those not mentioned in the average History book. It's cool to see how other people view the world and our society. This class takes a deep look into the effect one can have on society, both positive and negative.
I am excited to keep everyone updated on our journey through the season and I will be writing again soon.