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Freshmen bring size and speed

8/13/2010

UCLA is getting bigger and faster. Look no further than true freshman safety Dietrich Riley for proof.

"He's physically strong, just naturally that way," secondary coach Tim Hundley said. "He'll be much stronger, much more physical when (strength coach) Mike Linn gets working with him. He's an instinctive guy. In the future, I believe he's going to get faster and more flexible -- all things that help you as you grow. He'll be a really fine player here."

There's talk that Riley and a number of other freshmen will be able to contribute right away. It's by design, according defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.

"In the springtime this year, we made a concerted effort to stay in touch with them and push them in terms of lifting," he said. "We can't work them out at that time but we were on them every day more than in the past. We knew that this class could be special, so we wanted to make sure that when they came in they weren't coming in totally out of shape."