Former UCLA linebacker Josh Woods and Orange County Register reporter James H. Williams talk about the big game against No. 15 Washington at the Rose Bowl this week. The Bruins will have a tough test against quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and the Huskies.
Penix Jr., who has been referred to as “Big Penix Energy,” leads the country with 1,388 passing yards and Washington ranks fifth in total offense with 530.8 yards per game.
The Pac-12 game also serves as an opportunity for UCLA (4-0 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) to avenge last season’s loss to then-Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer.
Woods also explains why the relationship that Penix and DeBoer have serves as an important lesson in never burning a bridge throughout your college career.
Laiatu Latu was voted the Pac-12 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after recording three sacks and forcing a fumble against Colorado. Another successful outing could make the difference in stopping Penix from having a good night offensively.
Latu transferred from Washington (4-0, 1-0) after sitting out the past two seasons and medically retiring due to a neck injury.
Running back Zach Charbonnet was a nominee for the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award after rushing for 104 yards and tying a career-high with three touchdowns on nine carries.
It was Charbonnet’s ninth career 100-yard game and is now tied for 11th on the UCLA all-time list for 100-yard rushing games with Maurice Jones-Drew, Kevin Nelson and Kermit Johnson.
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