UCLA notes: Reunion of childhood friends

first_imgUCLA receiver Andrew Baumgartner and Cal quarterback Joe Ayoob were best friends growing up. They lived minutes from one another in San Rafael and played sports together. At Miller Creek Middle School, they always paired up in events such as the three-legged race, balloon toss and just about everything else and dominate. Then they’d take the gift certificates they won to the local market and feast on candy. With UCLA trailing late in the game at Washington, it faced a fourth-and-1 situation. Since the Bruins had little success running the ball, they opted to pass. It was a designed pass in the flat to Baumgartner. “I wouldn’t say I was shocked (to get the call) because there’s a reason the 11 guys are on the field,” Baumgartner said. “Coaches trust you. Knowing the coaches trusted me helps.” Baumgartner gained 5 yards on the play, UCLA went on to score on that drive with one minute left and held on to beat Washington 21-17. Also: UCLA’s Marcedes Lewis was named the nation’s college tight end of the week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. Lewis had a career-high eight receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown against the Huskies. … Offensive lineman Ed Blanton – who is 6-foot-9 – is expected to play on special teams on PAT and field-goal units. Nikolas Dragovic played well on special teams, but is out for the season with a knee injury … Safety Jarrad Page missed some practice with a sore calf, an injury sustained during fall camp. … Cal has a 5-0 record for the first time in nine years. If the Bears beat UCLA on Saturday, it will be the first time they’ve started a season 6-0 since the 1950 team was 9-0 under Pappy Waldorf. Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The two lost touch in the past two years. “I’m really excited to see him,” Baumgartner said. “I’ll definitely say ‘hi’ to him, but not until after the game is over. He’s on the other team.” Baumgartner has inside information on Ayoob since he knows him so well, but it’s not like the Bruins couldn’t see that Ayoob is awfully athletic on film. “Joe’s a tremendous athlete, moreso than a lot of quarterbacks,” Baumgartner said. “And he has a strong arm. It’s his quickness and running.” While Ayoob has received more attention, Baumgartner has certainly become a feel-good story in Westwood. He not only earned a scholarship at the start of the season, he’s making plays – big plays. center_img They played flag football together, too – only Baumgartner was the one throwing the passes and Ayoob would catch them. Fast forward now to the 2005 college football season and Ayoob is quarterbacking 10th-ranked Cal. Baumgartner, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship this season, is making big plays as a Bruins flanker. Baumgartner never got a chance to catch passes from Ayoob in high school, since Ayoob went to Terra Linda of San Rafael and Baumgartner went to a private school, Marin Catholic of Kentfield. last_img read more