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Alamo Bowl won't offer a reunion for UCLA's Jake Brendel
Alamo Bowl won't offer a reunion for UCLA's Jake Brendel

The Valero Alamo Bowl comes about two months too late for UCLA junior center Jake Brendel. There will be someone missing from the moment when the Bruins play Kansas State in the Jan. 2 game — his sister. Lauren Brendel is a lieutenant in the Air Force who was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio. She shipped out to Afghanistan last month. "It could have been like a homecoming for me," Brendel said. "It's not really a bad thing. She is serving our country and doing her thing over there. I respect what she's doing. The circumstances are what they are." Brendel and his sister grew up in Texas. He played football at Plano East High...

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