The UCLA Bruins have reason to wear satisfied smiles after their resounding 27-13 victory over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. In this season opener, they showcased a formidable performance, except for one noticeable positional dilemma.
Sophomore running back Carsen Ryan, who notably profited from the somewhat inconsistent play of starting quarterback Ethan Garbers, delivered a composed yet self-assured evaluation of the team’s performance so far. Following a team practice, Ryan shared his thoughts with reporters, as detailed by Mike Regadalo of Bruin Report Online (247Sports).
Looking ahead, the Bruins harbor hopes of a successful 2023 season that culminates in another Bowl game appearance. During Chip Kelly’s fifth season at the helm, UCLA posted a commendable 9-4 record last year, including a 6-3 standing in the Pac-12 Conference. Their journey led them to the Sun Bowl, where they narrowly succumbed to the Pittsburgh Panthers, with a final score of 37-35.
The game against Coastal Carolina demonstrated the Bruins’ determination to build upon their past successes. They executed their game plan with precision, leaving no room for doubt about their ambitions for the season. The victory was a collective effort, but certain standout performances deserve acknowledgment.
One such standout was Carsen Ryan, the sophomore running back who shone brightly on the field. While quarterback Ethan Garbers faced some ups and downs during the game, Ryan capitalized on every opportunity presented to him. His stellar performance provided a much-needed boost to the team’s offensive efforts, demonstrating his growing importance to the Bruins’ game plan.
Reflecting on their recent win, Ryan expressed his satisfaction with the team’s overall performance. He remarked, “We’ve been working hard in practice, and it’s paying off. We still have room for improvement, but I believe in this team’s potential.”
These words of confidence from Ryan resonate with his teammates and fans alike. The Bruins’ journey through the 2023 season has just begun, and with players like Ryan leading the charge, there’s an undeniable sense of optimism in the air.
“I was happy about it, we got the victory,” Ryan said. “Victory’s always a good place to be. I think our defense played really well, got those two turnovers, two picks. So I think there’s a lot of good things that happened in the offense. We looked good in some spots, we have some things to work on, but we’re going to be good. We’re going to be a good team.”
Looking forward, the Bruins are poised to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. The victory over Coastal Carolina was a significant step in the right direction, and it sets the tone for what promises to be an exciting season for UCLA football.