I didn't think I'd be able to make it to practice, but fortunately I did. There where many people on campus, what with it being Bruin Day and all. It was great to see the excitement on campus. Before I headed to Spaulding, I saw the Victory Bell and took the liberty of ringing it. I also took a picture with it. Now on to practice.
I noticed the intensity level wasn't the same as last week's. People around me said the same thing. As they said, perhaps it was the gloomy day or the practices during the week. Devin Lucien and Ishmael Adams stood out to me again. Lucien had great catches and Adams was all over the place. There was one instant when Shaq Evans and Adams were mouthing out at each other - more Shaq, though. On the next play, Adams covered Lucien, stayed toe to toe with him, and made his presence known. After that, Shaq came over told the crowd on the end zone the only reason was because he held and that you could see by how Lucien's shoulder pad was out of his jersey (or something like that). It was good to see that high intensity and I hope it continues to grow. The only other thing that caught my eye - as well as others - was when Mora kicked out an offensive lineman. I'm not sure what he did - and I won't repeat what Mora said - but in a PG13 kind of way, told him to leave the field and head back to the locker room.
I got the opportunity to talk with Malcolm Jones' dad, Chris Horton's brother, and Anthony Jefferson's brother. Malcolm's dad is happy his son returned to UCLA. He's also hoping he plays well enough to earn his scholarship back. Horton's brother talked about his playing days, the fun he's had, and how he's spending Memorial Day in Jacksonville with Maurice Jones-Drew and others. Both of them were also kind enough to recommend places to eat when I go on a business trip to New Orleans next month. I'm looking forward to it.
As uclaluv mentioned in today's spring practice open thread, Johnathan Franklin made an appearance. I didn't talk to him as much, but he mentioned how he's getting ready for the draft, how he's been blessed, and how he's looking forward to the future. I did mention that since he was dressed in silver and black, that perhaps the Raiders would pick him. Anyhow, he was all smiles and people were happy to see him there. I even saw him toss a kid in the air. Very nice young man. I took my picture with him, Anthony Barr, Malcolm Jones, and Jerry Neuheisel.
On another note, Chancellor Block spoke at Pauley Pavilion this morning (or so it said on a sandwich board outside Pauley). I hope someone was able to talk to him, since he hasn't made an appearance on campus lately. Go BRU1NS!
P.S. Be careful out there uclaluv. You don't want to get mowed down next time.