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Members of Chip Kelly's first recruiting class are already getting playing time for UCLA

Members of Chip Kelly's first recruiting class are already getting playing time for UCLA
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Sep 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly watches the Temple Owls play the Fordham Rams during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Fordham defeated Temple 30-29. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

ReceiverA Michael EzeikeA has given UCLAa€™s true freshmen longing for their college debut a template: impress in practice and you just might snag some attention in the next game.

a€œKept going hard, nonstop just working on routes,a€ Ezeike said of his formula.

The former Ontario Colony High standout didna€™t play in the Bruinsa€™ season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 1. But he worked his way into the teama€™s plans because of what he did in the days that followed.

a€œAs we talked as a staff as the week went along he kept making plays during practice,a€ coachA Chip KellyA said, a€œso we said, a€˜Hea€™s a guy wea€™ve got to get on the field.a€™ a€

Ezeike made his coaches thankful for that decision against Oklahoma in the gamea€™s final minutes when he caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterbackA Dorian Thompson-Robinson, another true freshman. Ezeikea€™s celebration was so subdued that Thompson-Robinson didna€™t immediately realize the play had resulted in a score.

a€œI didna€™t know what to do on my first one,a€ Ezeike said. a€œI just pointed up to God.a€

The receiver became the latest member of Kellya€™s first recruiting class to make an impact. Eleven true freshmen played in the opener and defensive backA Shea PittsA joined Ezeike in making their first appearances Saturday.

True freshmen accounted for all of the Bruinsa€™ passes, 28 of their 50 carries and five of their 16 receptions against the Sooners. Among them was receiverA Chase Cota, whose four catches tied a team high and went for 45 yards. Cota was able to play like a veteran because of the experience he had gained the previous week.

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