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Norm Chow/DeWayne Walker combo?

Posted by wewantwalker on December 14, 2007

That could actually be pretty sweet.Chow’s got the offensive side of the ball covered. Walker’s got the defense and the recruiting. A dream team of sorts. Team WoW anyone?

The only thing that bothers me with this idea is that I just can’t picture Chow giving any motivating rah-rah speeches, and you really can’t underestimate those, especially when you’re dealing with college kids. What do y’all think?

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A little more perspective

Posted by wewantwalker on December 13, 2007

From the comment section. Props to OCBruin. – WWW 

Cool site. I support Coach Walker as well. Hope to see him lead our boys onto the Rose Bowl field next season. He IS someone whom I have always wished to be at UCLA. A strong recruiter, great defensive mind, integrity and character.

Experience is overrated especially if it’s bad experience. John Mackovic anyone? Singlehandedly destroyed the Arizona’s program. How about Tom Holmoe? He is the reason Tedford is being paid 2.5 million today.

There was an article that ran in today’s Register that is indirectly related to Walker. The current commits and the relationship built by Karl Dorrell and the coaches to the LA City schools.

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/kids-high-coach-1940218-ucla-city

UCLA, don’t let these kids down! Don’t let down the City of Los Angeles! Give the people another choice than to root for SC!

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Walker and the Spread

Posted by wewantwalker on December 13, 2007

While most have acknowledged Coach Walker’s ability to stop the run-of-the-mill 2 back, 2 tight ends types of offenses, a lot has been said about Coach Walker’s supposed inability to stop the spread.The truth is Walker’s turnaround on defense has been done in spite of a lack of talent. Bruce Feldman, in an article where he named DeWayne Walker the 6th most intriguing assistant in college football, had this to say about Walker and the talent that he works with: 

One of the most respected scheme guys in the country, Walker did wonders for a UCLA defense that had been awful till he got there. One coach I spoke with said it’s amazing what he does, given how “very average” the talent that he has to work with. The downside is it may be hard for some administrators to hire a guy who just came off a floundering program (see Jon Tenuta).

The truth is, that anyone that knows ANYTHING about the spread understands that you need depth and talent at all levels to handle the spread. That’s why its currently the the rage in college football. If you can’t pressure with 4 and cover with 7, if your linebackers lack coverage ability, and if your corners can’t handle being out on an island, any good spread will find the weakness and exploit it.Walker came into UCLA with the ability to  scheme the spread, but hasn’t had the talent to fully stop it.  He has however stopped many spread offenses. In 2006, Utah, Rice, Cal, and Arizona all ran spreads or had elements of the spread. In 2007, UCLA actually did a pretty good job against Utah until the floodgates were opened in the 4th quarter.  The same thing happened at WSU. That brings up an important point in itself. Hey folks, when you’re offense is as pathetic as UCLA’s and the defense has to go out over and over again after a 3 and out, the defense is going to A) get tired and B) lose morale, especially if the game is already in hand. Anyone who ignores this just ain’t telling the whole truth. Finishing with 2007, UCLA did stop Oregon’s (though without Dennis Dixon) and Cal’s spreads. Arizona was also, in my opinion, a glaring example of a talent issue, not a scheme issue.Also, we can’t bring up the talent issues without mentioning recruiting. As stated before, Walker is a fantastic recruiter and has recruited the defensive side of the ball to take care of these problems in the near future.Akeem Ayers, Courtney Viney, Donovan Carter, Patrick Larimore, Uona Kaveinga, Steve Sloan, Rahim Moore, Anthony Dye, Aaron Hester, E.J. Woods, possibly Robert Golden. Brian Price. Folks, those are ELITE talents that Walker will use to stop the spread.  Once he has all the bases covered, UCLA’ll be known as a spread-stopping machine. I guarantee it. Again, we have to remember the following points. 1) Walker is dealing with a lack of talent, in general, and does not have the talent to stop good spread offenses. Apparently, neither does the rest of the country.2) Walker has still done a great job stopping conventional offenses.3) Walker has shown the ability to recruit the talent UCLA needs to stop the spread and will stop the spread once all the pieces are place. It’s as simple as that.

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Walker: Recruiting Ranger

Posted by wewantwalker on December 13, 2007

There’s a reason why Sports Illustrated named Dewayne Walker the Pac-10 Recruiter of the Year. Walker personally signed 7 players, all of them elite or close to it, and almost all of them chose UCLA over competing scholarship offers from USC. That really didn’t happen much at UCLA during Dorrell’s tenure.

Pac-10 Recruiter of the Year, DeWayne Walker, UCLA: Not only is Walker one of the up-and-coming defensive coaches in America, he’s also one of the best recruiters out West. Walker was involved with seven of UCLA’s 10 signings in this year’s class. Those seven players have an average star rating of 3.57. The job he did with four-star running back Raymond Carter and four-star defensive tackle Brian Price, both Rivals100 players from Los Angeles Crenshaw, was amazing. Schools continued to try and steal both up until Signing Day. Walker, the Bruins’ defensive coordinator, also kept UCLA in it until the end with Donovan Warren (who picked Michigan). 

The funny thing is, that accolade was bestowed on Walker BEFORE this season.  According to rivals.com, DeWayne Walker was heavily involved with the recruitment of even more elite players.   

Those are all ELITE talents and are HIGHLY rated 4 star players. Again, those are others that might try to challenge Walker’s recruiting ability, but the numbers, again, speak for themselves. This class was practically guaranteed to be a top 5 class until questions about Dorrell’s job became a serious issue. Walker is no stooge, however, and understands the importance of keeping this top-flight class together:

“My main concern is staying on top of recruiting and collectively getting this team ready to win a game. It’

s all about the recruiting and getting ready for this bowl game. That’s enough to be worried about.” 

One current player, blue-chipper and Freshman All-American Brian Price, has such a strong connection to Walker that he stated he would leave if Walker was not retained.  Many of the recruits have also expressed the same exact sentiments.

The bottom line is that Walker is a key to UCLA’s future.  The recruits hold him, as well as recievers coach Eric Scott, in extremely high regards and respect him as a coach and as a man.

 The coolest thing about all this is that Walker has been a defensive coordinator for only TWO years and already has a such a great reputation amongst these recruits.  He’s already received the commitment of Marion Pollard, a top 100 player and elite defensive back prospect, for 2009.

 The sky is the limit for Walker. His recruiting record, specifically, has shown the ability to go toe-to-toe with Pete Carroll and the rest of the Pac-10.

 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times more: DeWayne Walker is going to be a great head coach at the Division-I level.  Whether or not he does it at UCLA, however, is up to us.

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