November 1, 2007

UCLA Preview: Defense

As has been the case with the team's offense, the UCLA defense hasn't displayed a great deal of consistency in what it brings to the field from game to game, but it is still more of a known commodity than the offense is.

Ranked 48th in overall scoring defense nationally, the Bruins are also the 42nd ranked team in total defense, yielding just under 349 yards per game.

UCLA is strongest against the run, earning the No. 17 ranking nationally in rush defense, but again, consistency is an issue as Washington State back Dwight Tardy tore the Bruins up last week for 214 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The defense will not likely allow a repeat performance this week and the guy with the most to say about that will be senior defensive end Bruce Davis.

The team leader in sacks with 6.5, Davis is undersized at 6-foot-3 and 234 pounds, but makes up for it with speed, quickness and tenacity which has allowed him to record 7.5 tackles for loss and 25 tackles overall.

At left end will be 6-foot-4, 263-pound junior Tom Blake or 6-foot-1, 234-pound sophomore Korey Bosworth. Each has two sacks on the year and Bosworth has 24 total tackles to Blake's 15 to this point.

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