Bruins face crosstown rival USC Saturday at 7:00 pm
Images from UCLA's 28-25 victory over the Cougars on October 8, 2011
Bob Palcic, who has coached three Outland Trophy winners, is set to begin his fourth season at UCLA after joining the coaching staff in January of 2008. In 2010, the Bruin ground game improved over 60 yards per game from the previous season. The Bruins racked up three-straight 250-yard rushing games for the first time since 1993 and its 437-yard effort against Washington State was the biggest UCLA ground assault since the 1979 season.
The offensive line continued to progress and grow in 2009. True freshman tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo earned second-team Freshman All-America honors. In 2008, Palcic helped develop a young group and worked through numerous injuries, starting nine different combinations in 12 games. He spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of Wisconsin after 12 years in the National Football League.
Palcic possesses 40 years of coaching experience. He also coached in Westwood in the 1993 season when UCLA won the Pacific-10 championship and played in the 1994 Rose Bowl. The Bruin offensive line that season featured seniors Vaughn Parker and Craig Novitsky, both of whom earned All-America honors and played in the NFL. It also included sophomores Jonathan Ogden, 1995 Outland Trophy winner and 11-time NFL All-Pro, and Mike Flanagan, who was an NFL standout for over a decade. UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel was an assistant on that Bruin staff, as were current assistants Tim Hundley and Wayne Moses.
In 2007, Wisconsin finished 9-4 overall and played in the Outback Bowl. Led by the offensive line, the Badgers averaged 201.5 yards on the ground during the regular season (22nd in the NCAA). Center Marcus Coleman was a first-team All-Big 10 selection by the media and guard Kraig Urbik was a consensus second-team choice. Tackle Gabe Carimi earned second-team Freshman All-America acclaim and won the 2010 Outland Trophy and was a first-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
In 2006, he coached Outland Trophy winner and consensus All-America left tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin, on a Badger team which won 12 of 13 games. Thomas went on to become the No. 3 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Palcic went to Wisconsin from the NFL's New Orleans Saints, where he coached tight ends from 2000-05. His previous professional stops included coaching offensive line for the Cleveland Browns (1999), tutoring the tight ends for the Detroit Lions (1997-98) and coaching the offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons (1994-96).
Palcic went to the Falcons after spending 19 of the previous 21 seasons coaching offensive linemen at seven different universities. He coached the 1993 UCLA offensive line that matched up against Wisconsin in the 1994 Rose Bowl. Palcic tutored the Southern California offensive line in 1992 and helped the Trojans to a Freedom Bowl appearance. He was offensive line coach at Ohio State from 1986-91, a period during which the Buckeyes played in two Hall of Fame Bowls, a Cotton Bowl and a Liberty Bowl.
The University of Arizona's offensive line was under Palcic's direction from 1984-85 (the Wildcats played in the Sun Bowl during that time). A two-year stint (1982-83) with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts (1983 Grey Cup title) was preceded by a four-year (1978-81) stop as Wisconsin's offensive line coach under head coach Dave McClain.
Palcic was Ball State's offensive line coach in 1976-77 (he went to Wisconsin with McClain, who was Ball State's head coach) and Dayton's linebackers/offensive line coach in 1974-75. He got his college coaching start guiding Ball State's linebackers as a graduate assistant in 1973.
Among the college players Palcic has coached are: former Baltimore Raven All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden (No. 4 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft), third-team All-American and NFL veteran (Green Bay, Houston) Mike Flanagan and first-team All-American and 11-year NFL player Vaughn Parker (all of UCLA); All-America tackle Tony Boselli (USC); first-team All-Big Ten offensive linemen Bob Maggs, Jeff Uhlenhake, Joe Staysniak, Jeff Davidson and Alan Kline (all at Ohio State); All-American Ray Snell and 2006 Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas (Wisconsin).
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Las Vegas, Colorado.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Education from Dayton, 1971, Master's in Education from Dayton, 1974; At UCLA: Fourth year of second tenure (joined the staff in January of 2008); Born: July 2, 1948 in Gowanda, N.Y. Family: Bob and his wife Theresa have three grown children: Joe, Amy and Monica.
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