UCLA’s Havner does his job, not others’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In UCLA’s first four games this season, Havner has a team-leading 34 tackles. But the distribution is much better – London, who played hurt all of last season, has 23, followed by Dennis Keyes (21) and Jarrad Page (20). Havner said he does not “think I’m that type of player” that would cause teams to game plan away from him, and limit his influence on a game. Instead, he said he doesn’t have to try and do as much. “I’m really happy,” Havner said. “We’re 4-0. I’m just not focused on me right now. … “I think having Justin back, plus the penetration of the (defensive) line – they’re getting tackles, too – makes it that way. Our defense is doing better this year. I’m doing my job, and so are other guys.” “I feel like I can hit my gap, and do my job, and I know the other guys are doing their job, for the most part,” Havner said. “Last year I had to compromise. Definitely, I have trust in my guys. They’re making plays. They’re getting in the backfield.” Havner had 60 tackles through four games in 2004, en route to leading the Pacific 10 Conference with 125, which was 46 more than the next Bruin. UCLA senior linebacker Spencer Havner doesn’t have the gaudy tackling statistics he did a year ago, nor does he care. With a nearly healthy Justin London back at linebacker and an improved defensive line, Havner said he has more trust in the defense, which causes him to freelance on plays less frequently. In turn, Havner isn’t involved in as many tackles. center_img Center of trouble: Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tom Cable said he met with center Mike McCloskey to tell the senior he needed better play out of him. UCLA’s running game suffered against Oklahoma and Washington because of poor play from the offensive line. “I think Mike has had some trouble, which has been a big surprise to us,” Cable said. “The young guys (Shannon Tevaga, Chris Joseph and Brian Abraham) are playing very well. Oklahoma – there were some mental errors. The last game against – inconsistencies.” After averaging 222 yards on the ground the first two games, UCLA ran for a combined 148 yards against Oklahoma and Washington. Furthermore, the Bruins averaged 2.7 yards per carry in the past two games. And McCloskey, a four-year starter, added his play the past two games contributed heavily to the problem. “I feel I should be one of the key players on the offensive line,” McCloskey said. “(The play) is good, but it’s not good enough. We expect great things out of this team, and in order to do so I have to play, basically, at the top level play after play, and I’ve had a couple of mess-ups.” Receiver rotation: The Bruins, who usually use a six-receiver rotation, went with only five against Washington. UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said he could use seven receivers – Marcus Everett, Joe Cowan, Brandon Breazell, Andrew Baumgarnter, Gavin Ketchum, Matt Willis and Matt Slater – this Saturday against Cal. Odds and ends: Bruins kickoff returner Derrick Williams will miss the game with a concussion, which he suffered in practice. His spot will be taken by freshman tailback Kahlil Bell. … Havner, who suffered a bruised thigh against Washington, will wear a protective pad. … Third-string quarterback David Koral missed practiced because of illness. … Bruins tailback Maurice Drew needs to average 127.9 yards all-purpose yards over the final seven games of the regular season to tie Gaston Green’s all-time mark of 4,283 yards. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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