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Freshman safety Dietrich Riley, who is a physical hitter and solid in coverage, has stood out among a talented defensive backfield in his first fall camp.

Talented freshmen light up defense

Rarely do you see a freshman safety make an impact on a college football team in his first season "“ whether it be a physical impact on a receiver or an impact on the team as a whole "“ and UCLA freshman safety Dietrich Riley has done his best to do both during the first three weeks of fall practice. Riley, one of many talented rookies clawing their way up the Bruins' depth chart, flashes not only reliable cover skills but also a knack for hitting, and hitting hard. Just don't fall into the trap of dubbing the young safety "“ who could be seen soaking in all he could from the sidelines as far back as spring ball "“ a one-trick pony. "I've always been known as a hard hitter, but I don't want people to forget about my cover abilities," Riley said. Read more...

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Freshman safety Dietrich Riley, who is a physical hitter and solid in coverage, has stood out among a talented defensive backfield in his first fall camp.

Freshman safety Dietrich Riley, who is a physical hitter and solid in coverage, has stood out among a talented defensive backfield in his first fall camp.

Junior safety Tony Dye led the Bruins with nine tackles in last year's game against Kansas State on Sept. 19. UCLA starts this year's season against Kansas State on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

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Junior safety Tony Dye led the Bruins with nine tackles in last year's game against Kansas State on Sept. 19. UCLA starts this year's season against Kansas State on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Junior safety Tony Dye led the Bruins with nine tackles in last year's game against Kansas State on Sept. 19. UCLA starts this year's season against Kansas State on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Josh Smith, a redshirt junior transfer from Colorado, returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the fall scrimmage Aug. 21.

UCLA wide receivers bring various strengths to offense

Trailing by nine against Washington and mired in a five-game losing streak, the UCLA football team's season was in doubt after starting quarterback Kevin Prince left the game with a concussion. With close to 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter, backup Kevin Craft grossly overthrew then-senior Terrence Austin, who was wide open in the middle of the field. Read more...

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Josh Smith, a redshirt junior transfer from Colorado, returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the fall scrimmage Aug. 21.

Josh Smith, a redshirt junior transfer from Colorado, returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the fall scrimmage Aug. 21.

Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario (83) avoids redshirt sophomore linebacker Patrick Larimore in Saturday's fall scrimmage. Rosario had 80 yards receiving.

Key player hurt in scrimmage

Another week of fall practice down, another key player lost to injury for the UCLA football team. Kai Maiava, a redshirt junior who was slated to start at center for the Bruins, fractured his left ankle on the third play of the team's annual fall scrimmage at Drake Stadium on Saturday. Read more...

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Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario (83) avoids redshirt sophomore linebacker Patrick Larimore in Saturday's fall scrimmage. Rosario had 80 yards receiving.

Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario (83) avoids redshirt sophomore linebacker Patrick Larimore in Saturday's fall scrimmage. Rosario had 80 yards receiving.





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