The UCLA Bruins lost one of their own over a week ago in lightly-used Nick Pasquale. The young wide receiver was involved in a car accident that took his life and the team was left with an angel.
To honor the fallen teammate, the Bruins lined up in a rare, usually-illegal 10-man formation on their first offensive play of the game. It was a cool thing to see the Bruins line up with 11 men on the field and then wide out Shaquelle Evans ran off at the last second, pointing to the sky — obviously at the former teammate.
Take a look at the awesome tribute here:
As you can see, the team was already down inside the 20 after a nice kick return against the New Mexico State Aggies, and the play with 10 men resulted in a five-yard gain. The next play was a fumble and the Aggies recovered, but that took nothing away from the tribute for Pasquale.
Head coach Jim Mora said this after the game about Evans running off the field:
You can’t have 12 men on the field, so Shaq volunteered to let Nick go in for him. Ten players, 11 souls.
This shows how much the fallen teammate meant to everyone on the team as they were all very excited to pay tribute. Mora went on to say how nobody objected to the play with 10 players and for good reason. This is one of the coolest tributes to a fallen teammate you will ever see.
Well done, UCLA.