UCLA brings hot offense, depleted defense to Memphis – Orange County Register – California News

UCLA brings hot offense, depleted defense to Memphis – Orange County Register – California News

Darren Andrews was already wiped from a three-hour training camp practice when head coach Jim Mora had the team line up for a two-minute drill period. It seemed like a burden at the time when the August heat radiated off the turf at Wasserman Football Center.

By September, it turned into a blessing.

“That two-minute period helped us win the game against Texas A&M,” the redshirt senior wide receiver said. “Stuff like that that we didn’t think we needed, we have to trust the coaches and everything will be fine.”

Despite two uneven performances, the No. 25 Bruins are on the edge of the national spotlight and a win against Memphis (1-0) away from a perfect nonconference season. After its stellar offense carried a sagging defense last weekend, UCLA (2-0) will try to piece together a complete team performance against the Tigers (1-0) at 9 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

“We’re not the UCLA Bruin offense or the UCLA Bruin defense, we’re the UCLA Bruins,” center Scott Quessenberry said. “It’s our job to win games as a team.”

When UCLA has the ball

During his 11 months between competitive games, Josh Rosen didn’t spend much time dreaming about the way he wanted to make his grand return to the field. Even if he had, it’s possible the junior quarterback wouldn’t have been able to imagine throwing for 820 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions in two games.

“One of the big things after my injury happened was (to) stop looking so far ahead,” Rosen said. “Take every day for what it is and try to get better today. The only thing more important than tomorrow is today.”

Rosen has led 12 consecutive touchdown drives and the…

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