Posted September 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jim Mora can't imagine a more difficult situation for his UCLA football team. Less than week after the death of receiver Nick Pasquale, the 16th-ranked Bruins visit No. 23 Nebraska on Saturday. ''We have to be able to handle our emotions,'' Mora said. ''We have to remain poised, we have to be prepared to overcome adversity. You ask about mental toughness. To me, those are things that define mental toughness, your ability to do that.'' The Bruins (1-0) will wear No. 36 patches on their uniforms in honor of Pasquale, a popular walk-on who was struck by a vehicle Sunday while he was walking in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif. The Cornhuskers (2-0) will wear No. 36 decals on their helmets. ''Football pales in comparison to what they're going through right now,'' Mora said of his players. But he said the game can serve as ''an outlet for their emotion and their grief and the things they're dealing with.'' Both teams should know a lot more about themselves after Saturday, partic...
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