The crosstown rivalry between UCLA and USC has been ramped up in recent years, but Bruins' wide receiver Shaq Evans just took it to another level, according to this report by gojoebruin.com.
Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News shared the following series of tweets on Wednesday evening, which reveal a candid Evans offering up his thoughts on the Trojans.
Update: Thursday, Sept. 19th, at 9:00 a.m. PT
USC running back Silas Redd appears to have seen Evans' comments.
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It's clear that the senior from Inglewood, CA is feeling more than confident given the difference between how the two teams have begun the season.
His Bruins returned home this past weekend after scoring a come-from-behind victory over Nebraska in which they put up 38 straight points en route to a 41-21 victory. The guy throwing him the ball, quarterback Brett Hundley, is already receiving Heisman Trophy buzz.
It's safe to say UCLA football is at a place that fans are unaccustomed to seeing over the past decade, and oddly enough, the exact same thing can be said about rival USC.
The Trojans, after a dominant decade in which they trotted out future NFL'ers every Saturday, have started off the 2013 campaign the way 2012 ended—poorly and with a coach under intense scrutiny.
After opening the season with a sluggish win at Hawaii, Lane Kiffin's team was upset by Washington State the following weekend in a game that saw the offense score just a single touchdown.
A 35-7 victory over Boston College this past Saturday may have quieted a few of the doubters, but not Evans.
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According to the report, comments like this are not acceptable from a Jim Mora-led program, and a reprimand is expected to be handed out by the coach.
Evans has only beaten the Trojans once in his career, a 38-28 home victory last season. Prior to that, USC had won five straight, including a 50-0 beatdown in 2011 that Evans was a part of.
Still, with Mora having set in place his "one-game-at-a-time, respect-your-opponent mindset" Evans' comments seem to stray from the way UCLA has been doing things the past couple years.
The two schools play on Saturday, November 30th at The Coliseum, in what will be the final regular-season game for both teams.