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Blocking takes center stage for Caleb Wilson, UCLA tight ends

LOS ANGELES >> Caleb Wilson developed a pair of UCLA’s most reliable hands by not paying attention to the field in Norman, Okla. Instead of watching his father Chris coach for the Sooners from 2005-09, Wilson and other coaches’ son...

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