UCLA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: SLATER TO BE A FACTOR.Byline: BRIAN DOHN
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That speed is the reason Slater, after four years of bouncing around the program as a receiver, a cornerback and now a safety, all in a reserve role, is primed to finally be a factor for the Bruins, who open the season Saturday at Stanford.
With college football moving kickoffs five yards back, to the 30-yard line, coaches are expecting fewer touchbacks, and UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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"It feels good to finally have an opportunity," Slater said. "This is my fifth year coming up and I've just tried to bide bide
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b. my time and be patient, and keep trust in the Lord that He would give me an opportunity, and I'm just grateful for the opportunity I have now. I'm real excited to be able to help this football team in the return department."
A year ago UCLA ranked sixth in the Pacific-10 in kick returns at 21.6 yards per attempt.
Slater, the son of NFL NFL
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"As far as I'm concerned, I just want to make sure I secure the football and keep possession," Slater said. "When I see the hole, I can't be hesitant. There's no time to be hesitant. I need to hit the hole and get yardage yard·age 1
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Scholarships awarded: Bruins coach Karl Dorrell Karl Dorrell (born December 18, 1963 in Alameda, California) is the first black head coach in the history of the UCLA Bruins college football team, a position he took on December 18, 2002. awarded one-year scholarships to a trio of walk-ons, each of whom is a junior on the two-deep.
Defensive end Tom Blake and linebacker Josh Edwards, both whom gave up scholarships at UC Davis to transfer to UCLA before the 2006 season, and center Micah Reed were told of the decision during a post-practice huddle on Spaulding Field.
"It's very rewarding because it was a huge risk to give up a scholarship at Davis to come here," said Blake, who backs up Nikola Dragovic. "Everyone here was really accepting, and made it the best possible environment to do well, and achieve goals."
Edwards, who backs up Reggie Carter at weakside linebacker, estimated it cost his family more than $20,000 for him to attend UCLA last season.
"I tried not to think about (earning a scholarship). I just came here and worked hard," Edwards said. "I only talked to coach (Dorrell) one time about it, and that was when I first got here. He said I had to be the model transfer, not just on the field but also in the classroom. This is a big accomplishment, one of those achievements you can tell your kids about."
Odds and ends: All the requested information regarding defensive tackle Brian Price has been sent to the NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association Clearinghouse, according to sources. UCLA and Price are now awaiting word on whether he will be deemed eligible. ... Reed backs up center Chris Joseph, who continues to be held out of parts of practice because of a sore hip. Joseph is expected to start.
Speedy senior expected to excel for Bruins on kickoff returns.