Bruins face crosstown rival USC Saturday at 7:00 pm
A familiar coach in the Pac-10 Conference and to Bruin fans (1990-95 seasons in Westwood), Wayne Moses is set to begin his fourth season as UCLA's running backs coach.
In 2010, the Bruins rushing game improved by over 60 yards per game from the previous season and featured UCLA's first 1,000-yard back since 2006. Redshirt sophomore Johnathan Franklin compiled 1,127 yards on the ground for the season, earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors and posted the fifth-best rushing average (93.9) in the conference. His 1,127-yard total ranked 10th on the all-time school single-season list. Junior Derrick Coleman and true freshman Malcolm Jones gave the Bruin a well-rounded attack. This area was hit hard by injuries in 2008 but the Bruins ran the ball more effectively in 2009 with youngsters like Franklin and Coleman and veteran Chane Moline.
Moses spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons in the NFL as running backs coach for the St. Louis Rams. In 2007, running back Stephen Jackson rushed for 1,002 yards. In 2006, Jackson earned his first Pro Bowl berth after rushing for a career-high 1,528 yards (third in the NFC, fifth in the NFL). Jackson also caught 90 passes, a total that led NFL running backs and was fourth in the NFC (tied for seventh in the NFL). Jackson's 2,334 yards from scrimmage led the NFL and his 105 first downs led the NFC, second in the NFL. Jackson's 96 points tied for the NFC lead, tied for third in the NFL, in scoring for non-kickers.
Prior to joining the Rams, Moses had a 28-year college career, coaching running backs at five Pacific 10 schools since 1990, with tours at UCLA (1990-95), California (1996), Washington (1997-2000), USC (2001), and Stanford (2002-03 and 2005). Moses spent 2004 at the University of Pittsburgh. Some of the great Pac-10 players who have worked under Moses include Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Williams, Skip Hicks, and Shawn Wills at UCLA, Deltha O'Neal and Tarik Smith at Cal, Willie Hurst and Rashawn Shehee at Washington, and Kenneth Tolan and Kerry Carter at Stanford.
Moses worked with Bruin head coach Rick Neuheisel as fellow assistants at UCLA from 1990-93 and also worked for Neuheisel at Washington in 1999-2000. In their final year together, Washington won the Pac-10 title, went to the Rose Bowl and finished No. 3 in the final polls. In addition, he worked with offensive coordinator Norm Chow at USC in 2001. He also worked with offensive line coach Bob Palcic and secondary coach Tim Hundley at UCLA in 1993 when the Bruins won the Pac-10 title and played in the 1994 Rose Bowl.
In 2004, Moses was part of a Pitt team that won the Big East Championship and advanced to a BCS Bowl for the first time in school history. The Panthers won six of their final seven regular season games to earn a Fiesta Bowl berth versus Utah. Moses spent the 2001 season working at USC. He helped the Trojans finish 5-3 in the Pac-10 (6-6 overall) and advance to their first post-season bowl game after a two-year absence.
Moses was the running backs coach at his alma mater, Washington, for four years (1997-2000) before joining the Trojan staff. Washington led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2000 (16th nationally). The Huskies played in a bowl game each year (1997 Aloha Bowl, 1998 Oahu Bowl, 1999 Holiday Bowl and 2001 Rose Bowl).
He spent the 1996 season handling the running backs at California, helping the Golden Bears to their first bowl appearance in six years. Under head coach Steve Mariucci, the Bears finished the regular season 6-5 and played Navy in the Aloha Bowl.
Moses was the running backs coach at UCLA under Terry Donahue for six seasons (1990-95) and worked with Neuheisel for the first four. Abdul-Jabbar and Williams led the Pac-10 in rushing under Moses' tutelage while Hicks went on to earn All-America honors later in his career. In 1995, Abdul-Jabbar set UCLA's single-season rushing records and was named first-team All-America with Moses as his coach. The Bruins played in the 1991 Sun Bowl, 1994 Rose Bowl and 1995 Aloha Bowl while Moses was on staff. Five Bruin backs coached by Moses were selected in the NFL draft (Maury Toy, Kevin Smith, Williams, Abdul-Jabbar and Hicks).
Moses began his coaching career in 1978 at Cal State Fullerton as a graduate assistant working with the defensive backs. He then was the running backs coach at Chaffey Junior College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in 1979. He went to North Carolina State in 1980, working with the defensive backs.
He then was the running backs coach at Bowling Green for three years (1981-83), Rutgers for two seasons (1984-85) and San Diego State for three years (1986-88). Paul Hewitt of the Aztecs led the nation in scoring in 1987. Bowling Green played in the 1982 California Bowl and San Diego State was in the 1986 Holiday Bowl. Next, he was the wide receivers coach at New Mexico in 1989 before moving to UCLA. His receiver at New Mexico, Terance Mathis, set NCAA career records for receptions and receiving yardage.
He was a coaching intern with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos during the summers of 1990, 1993 and 1999, respectively. Moses was a four-year (1973-74, 1976-77) letterman at Washington, where he started at cornerback his last two seasons. He was a member of the Huskies' 1978 Rose Bowl championship team.
He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Washington in 1977. He spent some time out of football when he was hired by the FBI to train as an agent at Quantico, Virginia. Moses played football and basketball at San Dimas (CA) High.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Inland Empire, Oakland.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Political Science from Washington, 1977; At UCLA: Fourth year of his second tenure (joined the staff in January of 2008); Born: January 11, 1955 in New Gulf, TX. Family: Wayne and his wife, Rosalind, have two daughters: Valerie, a 2004 graduate of the University of Washington, and Kimberly, a 2008 graduate of Sacramento State University.
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