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A Look At The One Season That Carnell Lake Coached DB\’s At UCLA


Now that Former Steelers safety Carnell Lake has been interviewed by Mike Tomlin for the open defensive backs coaching position, I thought it would be fun to dig up the numbers of the secondary he coached for one season at UCLA. Lake inherited a young cornerback unit, with Alterraun Verner the only player with extensive playing time, and then lost it\’s second best player, Aaron Hester to a fractured tibia during the season opener.

Here are some of the members of that secondary he coached and their stats:

Player Int Yds TD Asst Solo Pass Def
Rahim Moore 10 79 0 13 36 7
Alterraun Verner 5 158 1 21 51 4
Tony Dye 1 28 1 25 48 2
Sheldon Price 0 0 0 16 32 2
Andrew Abbott 0 0 0 6 16 2
Aaron Hester 0 0 0 0 4 0

FS Rahim Moore – Started all 13 games at free safety and led the nation with 10 interceptions. Ranked 7th on the team with 49 tackles.

SS Tony Dye – Started all 13 games at strong safety and 4th on the team in tackles with 73.

CB Alterraun Verner – Starter in all 13 games and 5th on the team in tackles with 72.

CB Sheldon Price – Appeared in all 13 games with 11 starts at cornerback and was ranked eighth on the team with 48 tackles.

CB Andrew Abbot – Appeared in 13 games, primarily in the nickel package and on special teams, with one start.

CB Aaron Hester – Saw action in two games with one start, but was sidelined most of season by a fractured right fibula.

Below I have broken down the UCLA Bruins opponents passing stats for the 2009 season by game along with giving you the YPA (yards per attempt) and also the big plays (explosive plays) of 20 yards or more allowed through the air by the defense as a whole. I also have provided a description of all 35 big plays allowed by the defense so you can better see what happened. As you can see, 13 of the big explosive plays resulted in touchdowns and the Bruins defense only allowed 16 passing touchdowns on the entire season. The defense also faced some names you might recognize like Jake Locker, Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley. For the entire season, the Bruins pass defense allowed only a 59% completion percentage and a 6.77 YPA. They also intercepted 20 passes with 10 coming from the soon to be drafted, Rahim Moore. The 20 interceptions ranked them 8th in the nation in that stat.

In summation, not a bad job by Lake for just one season with the Bruins considering what he inherited. Of course he can not take all of the credit for the pass defense, but looking at the raw numbers, he looks like he certainly was worth an interview by Tomlin. We shall see where that goes from here.

2009 Total Passing Stats Versus UCLA

Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
367 215 59% 20 2486 16 6.77 35

2009 Total Passing Stats Versus UCLA By Game With Big Explosive Plays Listed

San Diego St. Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Ryan Lindley 45 18 40% 3 238 2 5.29 3
Lindley pass complete to Sampson for 22 yards to the UCLA4, 1ST DOWN SD.
Lindley pass complete to Brown for 78 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Lindley pass complete to Brown for 33 yards to the UCLA47, 1ST DOWN SD (Love, Glenn).
Tennessee Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Jonathan Crompton 26 13 50% 3 93 0 3.58 1
Crompton pass complete to Hancock for 26 yards to the UCLA7, 1ST DOWN UT (Ayers, Akeem).
Kansas St. Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Carson Coffman 34 20 59% 2 193 0 5.68 1
Daniel Thomas 1 1 100% 0 6 0 6.00 0
Coffman pass complete to Thomas for 35 yards to the UCLA33, 1ST DOWN KS (Dye, Tony).
Stanford Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Andrew Luck 20 14 70% 0 198 0 9.90 3
Luck pass complete to Whalen for 40 yards to the UCLA38, 1ST DOWN STANFORD (Price, Sheldon).
Luck pass complete to Owusu for 20 yards to the UCLA21, 1ST DOWN STANFORD (Verner, Alterra).
Luck pass complete to Whalen for 46 yards to the UCLA6, 1ST DOWN STANFORD (Dye, Tony).
Oregon Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Nate Costa 17 9 53% 1 82 1 4.82 2
Costa pass complete to Dickson for 24 yards to the UCLA48, 1ST DOWN ORE (Dye, Tony).
Costa pass complete to Maehl for 20 yards to the UCLA0, 1ST DOWN ORE, TOUCHDOWN.
California Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Kevin Riley 23 14 61% 0 205 3 8.91 4
Riley pass complete to Jones for 43 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Riley pass complete to Best for 51 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Riley pass complete to Vereen for 20 yards to the CAL44, 1ST DOWN CAL (Moore, Rahim).
Riley pass complete to Jones for 24 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Arizona Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Nick Foles 34 22 65% 3 247 2 7.26 3
Matt Scott 1 0 0% 0 0 0 0.00 0
Foles pass complete to Criner for 41 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Foles pass complete to Wright for 23 yards to the UCLA27, 1ST DOWN ARIZ (Carter, Reggie).
Foles pass complete to Criner for 25 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Oregon St. Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Sean Canfield 34 25 74% 0 305 0 8.97 4
Jacquizz Rodgers 1 1 100% 0 14 1 14.00 0
Canfield pass complete to Rodgers for 42 yards to the UCLA15, 1ST DOWN OSU.
Canfield pass complete to Wheaton for 22 yards to the OSU30, 1ST DOWN OSU.
Canfield pass complete to Rodgers for 35 yards to the UCLA32, 1ST DOWN OSU (Dye, Tony).
Canfield pass complete to Rodgers for 22 yards to the UCLA48, 1ST DOWN OSU (Dye, Tony).
Washington Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Jake Locker 40 23 58% 1 235 2 5.88 3
Locker pass complete to Kearse for 26 yards to the UCLA40, 1ST DOWN WASH.
Locker pass complete to Kearse for 34 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Locker pass complete to Aguilar for 23 yards to the WASH35, 1ST DOWN WASH (Abbott, Andrew).
Washington St. Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Kevin Lopina 14 7 50% 0 102 1 7.29 2
Marshall Lobbestael 6 2 33% 3 6 0 1.00 0
Lopina pass complete to Solomon,Jeff. for 46 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Lopina pass complete to Stormo,Skylar for 20 yards to the WSU49, 1ST DOWN WSU (Sloan, Steve).
Arizona St. Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Samson Szakacsy 22 15 68% 1 197 2 8.95 2
Szakacsy pass complete to Williams for 35 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Szakacsy pass complete to Williams for 70 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Southern California Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Matt Barkley 26 18 69% 1 206 1 7.92 4
Barkley pass complete to McCoy for 21 yards to the UCLA49, 1ST DOWN USC (Moore, Rahim).
Barkley pass complete to McCoy for 28 yards to the UCLA25, 1ST DOWN USC  (Moore, Rahim).
Barkley pass complete to Johnson for 20 yards to the UCLA23, 1ST DOWN USC (Moore, Rahim).
Barkley pass complete to Williams for 48 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Temple Att Comp Comp% Int Yards TD YPA Big Plays
Vaughn Charlton 23 13 57% 2 159 1 6.91 3
Charlton pass complete to Nixon for 43 yards to the UCLA26, 1ST DOWN TEMPLE (Price,Sheldon;Verner,Alterra).
Charlton pass complete to Maneri for 26 yards to the UCLA0, TOUCHDOWN.
Charlton pass complete to Green for 21 yards to the UCLA11, 1ST DOWN TEMPLE.

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  • GunKing1

    Good timing with the write up. Glad the Steelers signed him.

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