Jim Mora: Be careful not to over-coach your guys
After a 3-0 start, UCLA (4-2) has dropped two out of their last three (week 5 win at Colorado is sandwiched by losses to Oregon State and Cal).
In each of their wins (against Rice, Nebraska, Houston and Colorado), UCLA has scored at least 36 points. In their two losses the Bruins have failed to reach the 21 point mark.
We also noticed that in each of their four wins this season, the Bruins have rushed for over 210 yards. In both of their losses they have struggled to get the run game going, failing to reach the 130 yard mark both times. This weekend they will face an experienced Utah defensive line that has allowed only one team to run for more than 100 net yards (Northern Colorado in week 1 had 193 net yards rushing).
Mora noted during his press conference after practice today that their run game scheme going into each week is simple, and couldn't get much more basic. He reminded his coaches this week that it's important to not over-coach their young and inexperienced guys up front.
Other than focusing on the guy across the line of scrimmage, Mora explained that they'll continue to put a renewed focus on their fundamentals in the run game. Mora said that offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has returned to stressing the fundamental footwork, and the correct hand and eye position that will lead back to the run game success that they saw the first three weeks of the season.
"What you try to do is not make it too big for them. I think sometimes you can over-coach in terms of emphasis on the other guy instead of emphasis on yourself. I think Adrian does a really good job of bringing it back to our fundamentals and our technique, our calls, playing the way that we're supposed to play and not making it so much about them." Mora explained.