Pac-12: Sonny Tevaga

While you were on vacation ... UCLA

July, 28, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

The seventh of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

UCLA in a sentence

  • Year Two of the Rick Neuheisel Era comes on the heels of an outstanding recruiting haul in February and features 17 returning starters and legitimate hope for a push into the top-half of Pac-10 standings and a bowl berth.

The big issue

  • The Bruins, even with guru Norm Chow calling the shots, were terrible on offense in 2008, and struggles at quarterback and along the offensive front will be nagging concerns until youthful players break through.

Quick hit news

  • Six players will not return for various reasons -- safety E.J. Woods, quarterback Chris Forcier, offensive lineman Sonny Tevaga, receiver Dominique Johnson and running backs Raymond Carter and Aundre Dean.
  • Besides returning starters, the Bruins have five players again available who would have started last year but were out for various reasons back: running back Christian Ramirez, tight end Logan Paulsen, center Kai Maiava, fullback Trevor Theriot and offensive tackle Sean Sheller.
  • Joseph Fauria, 6-7, 260-pound tight end, transfer from Notre Dame to UCLA. He will be eligible to play in 2010.

UCLA signs series with Rutgers; cuts ties with two players

July, 2, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Busy day for UCLA.

First, UCLA announced a home-and-home series with Rutgers. The Bruins will open the 2016 season at Rutgers on Sept. 1, and the Scarlet Knights will make a return visit to the Rose Bowl the following season on Sept. 2.

The teams have never met before.

Second, UCLA announced that safety E.J. Woods and offensive lineman Sonny Tevaga are no longer members of the football team. The release from the school said Woods plans to transfer to a local junior college and Tevaga is "exploring his options."

Woods is facing some legal issues. Brian Dohn, who previously reported Woods' transfer, wrote on his blog that Tevaga, a junior, appears to be an academic casualty.

Neither was expected to start in 2009, though hopes were high for Woods, a redshirt freshman.

Pac-10 lunch links: Demonstrative Bullough leads UCLA defense

April, 15, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

It's income tax time again, Americans; time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.

UCLA's Tevaga back from suspension after meeting with Neuheisel

November, 18, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

UCLA offensive lineman Sonny Tevaga apparently convinced coach Rick Neuheisel that he's had an attitude adjustment.

Suspended last week for a lack of commitment, Tevaga won over Neuheisel during a Tuesday morning meeting and was allowed to rejoin the team. 

"He'll be back at practice today and we'll see where it leads," Neuheisel said.

Neuheisel was never specific about what Tevaga did to earn a suspension. The sophomore began the year as a starter but couldn't hold onto his spot.

"There were just some things in his behavior that I noticed that weren't 100 percent," Neuheisel said. "I wanted him to know that this was an all-or-nothing commitment. You can't expect to have just your feet in the water and be a productive member of the team."