COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK UCLA gets another look at the spread option

first_img Volunteer sent home Tennessee has dismissed sophomore tailback LaMarcus Coker for undisclosed reasons. Coach Phillip Fulmer had suspended Coker from one game for a violation of team rules, but said after further investigation he decided to dismiss the player. Fulmer said Coker did not do was what asked of him and he wanted a positive environment for No. 24 Tennessee. Coker was a kick returner and a No. 2 tailback behind Arian Foster. Staff writer Brian Dohn contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services UCLA faced its share of spread offenses this season – Washington, Utah and Washington State – and the next in line comes today at Arizona, under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. Bruins cornerback Alterraun Verner said the Wildcats compare best with Utah, which used plenty of misdirection. The Wildcats, led by junior quarterback Willie Tiutama, have attempted 405 passes, 59 more than any other Pacific-10 team, in nine games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They’re throwing the ball pretty effectively,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “That’s part of their offense where they really made a major change in correcting. They have Willie primarily in the (shot) gun most of the offensive sets, and they spread you out. He’s a very good quarterback with an excellent arm.” Tiutama leads the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (311.6), and receiver Mike Thompson has league highs of 63 catches and nine touchdown receptions. But the Wildcats are last in the league in rushing (77 ypg) and rushing attempts (237). “They spread it out and chuck it all over the place,” UCLA linebacker Christian Taylor said. “They run about 30 percent of the time.” Of course, Washington State spent the first half of the season with a throw-first mentality, but ran for 274 yards in beating the Bruins last week. “From what happened last week when we tried to take away the pass,” Taylor said, “I’m sure (Arizona) is going to try and run the ball on us.” last_img read more

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