Defensive line is still struggling

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It’s really hard, obviously, that’s an area we can’t afford to lose people,” UCLA defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said. “We’ll continue to find plugs for the dike and someone to step in. We’ll look at some things.” UCLA allowed 545 yards, including 330 on the ground. The Bears averaged 8 yards per carry. While those numbers are alarming, Cal did settle for four field goals. For UCLA, it could’ve been worse. “We bent as far as we could, but we didn’t break,” defensive end Bruce Davis said. Experience would be nice. The defensive tackles are all freshmen. Kenneth Lombard, the mainstay on the line, is a redshirt freshman. Chase Moline and Nathaniel Skaggs are both freshmen. Even Brian Ruziecki, a junior walk-on, saw playing time. “We’re going to have to make decisions on that stuff,” Kerr said. “The hard thing is you don’t have lot bodies and that’s tough. They have a lot of heart and played hard. If they’ll play as hard as they can play, we’ll take what they give us.” The other staggering statistic was that Cal’s Justin Forsett ran for 153 yards on just 10 carries Saturday, including a 57-yard run. Running back Marshawn Lynch was impressive and broke countless tackles. He had 22 carries for 137 yards. “It’s disappointing they were able to run,” Kerr said. “We got out of a gap one time, missed tackles. That’s the thing, people were there (to make plays).” For defensive end Kyle Morgan, the solution can be found during the week. “It’s crazy,” he said. “We just have to keep practicing. Practice makes perfect.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And so an already depleted line took another hit Saturday against Cal. Tackle Brigham Harwell, who was anchoring the line, left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle injury. X-rays were negative, and Harwell hasn’t ruled out playing at Washington State next week. UCLA scored a 47-40 comeback win over Cal, but what’s next for the defensive line? center_img PASADENA – UCLA is undefeated five games into the season, but it might as well be training camp again with the work UCLA must do with its defensive line. Last season, the Bruins’ defensive line was the worst in the Pac-10 against the run. UCLA certainly was improved this season, even though its star lineman, Kevin Brown, had ankle surgery. Then Nikolas Dragovic suffered a season-ending knee injury against Washington last week. last_img