November 27, 2008

Bruins off to Tempe

First would like to wish everyone a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. It was an interesting first year under Rick Neuheisel and all the indicators point to future success. That is just another reason to be thankful. UCLA football is slowly, but surely coming back and win on Friday will do a lot to boost the confidence of a very young football team.

Neuhiesel was very pleased with his team's effort this past two weeks and expects a good effort out his team on Friday when they take the field against Arizona State.

Neuheisel: "I think it was a great week of preparation. I think the guys concentrated though out and I'm excited about where we are and certainly understand this is an important game so we're looking forward towards the contest."

You talking on Monday about coming off the bye weeks, did you do anything differently? Did you see anything differently?

Neuheisel: "No, obviously coming into the bye week, we were coming in off a win so there was a rejuvenation, an excitement and I think the guys were eager to line up and do it again. It is another night in November and I felt that carried through the whole week. I thought our practices were all spirited and high intensity and I like them so I feel like we are in good shape going in.

"Arizona State, I am sure, had great practices, too, that's why I think it is going to be a really good football game."

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