By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
One young man had a tremendous impact on the UCLA football program in the short time that he was apart of the program.
Tonight, former UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale will have some of his ashes placed on the Rose Bowl field. His father will place the ashes on the field prior to the Bruins facing the Aggies of New Mexico State.
Pasquale was killed on September 8th, while walking in San Clemente when he was hit by a car at 1:30 am and died a short time later. He was just 20-years-old.
He was just a redshirt freshman on the team. Yet, he had offers from others schools to play Division III football, but wanted to play for the Bruins.
He would walk on after playing at San Clemente High School. He would play his one and only snap in the final minutes against Nevada when the Bruins won 58-20 on August 30th.
“This is a tragic loss,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said to the Associated Press after hearing about Pasquale’s death. “Nick was an outstanding young man, who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate, who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family.”
The Bruins had a bye week on September 7th, and returned to the football field last weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska, as they took on the Cornhuskers of Nebraska. They were down as much as 18 points, before coming back in the second half to win 41-21 for Pasquale.
“The UCLA family lost a wonderful young man who represented the university, his team and his family well,” said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero. “Our hearts go out to the Pasquale family, and we will do everything we can to assist and support them, as well as his teammates, as they go through this unthinkable tragedy.”
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