As we continue to survive the bye week, the football team continues with their daily practices. Today, Coach Mora and the staff greeted the team in the early morning with a scrimmage.
This session was focused on the younger players on the roster, and the scout team players. Mora explained this as being good for the morale of the scout team in particular, letting them get out on the field and just play and hit, rather than their normal task of playing within the upcoming opponent's system. And speaking of hitting, the quarterbacks were live.
The bye week also means a typical midseason weekend out on the recruiting trail for the UCLA staff. Coaches Klemm, Tuiasosopo and Ulbrich left Westwood early and missed this morning's scrimmage, while Mora and the rest of the Staff planned to depart during the day today on various recruiting trips.
Coach Mora shared a bit of good news in his presser - confirming that Torian White had a successful procedure earlier this week at the UCLA Medical Center to correct a rapid heartbeat. The procedure was intentioally scheduled for the bye week, which should allow him a normal week of practice after having missed this week of practice, and to return to action next Saturday against ASU.
Today was the last day of Miguel Melendez's short time covering the UCLA beat for the LA Daily News. I believe that I can speak for the rest of the front page writers (and much of the community here) in praising the work that he has done covering the Bruins at the start of the Jim Mora era. While reading one of his posts a couple of weeks ago, I recall him mentioning that he was working the beat for the Daily News as a freelance writer (I believe explaining why he was not sent on the Colorado trip), and it appears the DN decided to go in another direction to fill Jon Gold's spot on a permanent basis.
In his farewell post on his Daily News blog, Miguel talked about the joy the he felt in being able to fufill - if ever so briefly - his biggest professional goal by covering the Bruins. His next step in life is to pursue another of his life goals - becoming an attorney. I wish you all the best in fulfilling that goal, man.
To replace Miguel, the Daily News has hired Jack Wang to cover UCLA athletics. Welcome to Westwood and the Bruin beat, Jack!