Kicks and Picks: Die-hard Bruins Kai Forbath and A. Verner get some preseason AA recognition, and are 12 steps away from having it mean something
It’s more than just a Rumer.* Where there is a Will(is), there is a way. Despite coming off a 4-8 season, the UCLA Bruins start this year with 2 players from last year who are already the best in the Nation at what they do. Kai Forbath is now — according to ESPN and Sports Illustrated — the best Placekicker in America, and ESPN says that Alterraun Verner is one the top 2 Cornerbacks in the NCAA right now.
Forbath will now be kicking under the added pressure of lofty expectations, but with the expected improvement in the Offense, the Bruins won’t be so reliant on Field Goals. Meanwhile, Verner will be opposing QBs’ main focus, in terms of where NOT to throw the ball. Therefore, he might not get a lot of Interceptions, but he will force those QB’s into bad or risky throws to the other side of the field.
Forbath and Verner aren’t the only Bruins receiving love lately. Brian Price is considered one of the best Defensive Linemen in the Pac-10, if not in the whole Country, while Playboy tabbed Christian Yount as the best Long Snapper in the USA. And Playboy knows snappers. Meanwhile, Kevin Prince is seemingly earning his praise on the practice field, where his leadership is apparent, and his ability is a marked improvement for UCLA. The Offensive Line and Running Back Milton Knox are also getting some notice as Fall Practice continues.
Speaking of getting some notice, here are some more “new” photos from the ’07 Notre Dame game, worth noticing. But first one quick note: *Rumer Willis is totally cool, professional, and down-to-earth. And that’s no rumor.