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Lott IMPACT Blog – “COACHES, TREKS, IMPACT…”

The two most heralded hires in college football this past off-season were in Westwood, California where Chip Kelly was brought in to fire up UCLA and in Lincoln, Nebraska where favorite son Scott Frost returned to bring glory back to the Cornhuskers.

Kelly was the head coach of the high-flying Oregon Ducks from 2009-2012 when Frost was his wide receiver coach.

Both had impeccable credentials and were sure to put UCLA and Nebraska among the elite of college football.

Ooops!

Both were upset this past Saturday, UCLA being pounded by 24 points by Fresno State (38-14) and once mighty Nebraska falling to Troy!  Where is Troy anyway?

So, the Kelly Collapse and the Frost Folly are winless three weeks into the season and neither team has looked that good!!!  They’re also off to historic, albeit negative ones, starts. UCLA is 0-3 for the first time since 1971 and Nebraska is 0-2 for the first time since 1957!

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To add insult to the loss to Fresno, UCLA paid the Bulldogs $1.2 million to make the trek to the Rose Bowl.  Of course, that was nothing compared to the $2 million Florida paid to Colorado State, but at least the Gators won, 34-10…

Lott IMPACT Trophy nominee Adarius Pickett of UCLA is holding up his end of the deal, leading the team in tackles each of the first three weeks and in double figures all those games (15, 12, 13) …

The four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2017 have all made NFL rosters – Winner Josey Jewell is with Denver, finalists Harrison Phillips is with Buffalo, Minkah Fitzpatrick is with Miami and Micah Kiser is with the Rams…

Texas’s win over USC was the 900th in school history, joining Michigan and Ohio State as the only programs with that many career victories…

The last nine offensive coordinators at USC have all been college quarterbacks…

Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles is known as “Sir Blitzalot.” …

Of all the ballyhooed freshman quarterbacks in the country, none are putting up the numbers like Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman who passed for 605 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Houston, 63-49, Saturday…

Lott IMPACT Trophy nominee Nick Bosa was hurt in the second half of the Buckeyes’ win over TCU, suffering what is described as a left groin injury…

2015 Lott IMPACT Trophy winner Carl Nassib (Penn State) has moved from the Cleveland Browns to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.