UCLA faced off against Alabama State at home and dominated the game, winning 45-7. This marks the second time this season the Bruins have scored 45 and in a blowout win, lots of backups got opportunities to play. Here’s my scouting notes from the win.
Dorian Thompson Robinson
DTR didn’t play the entire game, but in the limited action did very well. Compared to last year, his mechanics have gotten better, and his release looked clean. He could go through his reads a bit faster, but I noticed that his first instinct wasn’t to run. He went 4-4 on the first offensive dive and only had 1 real incompletion. The true test will come when the Bruins play some tougher opponents towards the later end of the season.
Garbers started the majority of the game after DTR got taken out in the first quarter. Overall he had a good game, going for 164 yards, two rushing scores, and an interception. Garbers was very mobile the entire game, consistently moving out of the pocket and hitting guys downfield. He did a great job taking what the defense gave him, including when he scrambled for two touchdowns. His interception came on a play where he released the ball early and the defensive back jumped it. He’s got a lot of potential and as noted by coach Kelly “he’s a kid that’s taking advantage of the reps and the opportunity that he gets. I thought he was really accurate with his ball today, did a nice job of placing the ball in certain places.”. The offense looks like it has its leader in the post DTR era.
Blaylock is one of the more versatile defenders on the team, and that certainly showed in the first two games. He was moved into the box for run support as well as being sent on blitzes. After losing talent to the NFL from the secondary Blaylock has stepped up to lead the back end.
Jones was one of the many running backs that played Saturday, and had the most carries out of any back. He averaged 3.3 yards a carry and was a very tough runner. He doesn’t cut very fast, but is a very patient runner and fights for yards. He reminded me a lot of Brittain Brown in terms of style of running backs, and fits into the offense in a similar fashion as the number two back.
In his first season at UCLA, Grayson Murphy has not disappointed, with two sacks on the season so far and six total tackles. He and his brother were explosive off the line and put heavy pressure on the quarterback. He used his hands well to shed the blocks from the lineman and was able to overpower them to get to the QB. His play reminded me more of an OLB instead of a lineman.
Kirkwood was one of the starters that didn’t see much action against Alabama, but his limited snaps showed a good amount. He turned his hips to early on a route and let the receiver run an easy curl for a big gain, the came back with tight coverage on the next play. He was a bit inconsistent as was the rest of the Bruin’s secondary.