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San Bernardino Watch: UCLA Football Fall Camp Practice Notes

News and notes from UCLA football's 2013 fall camp from Cal State San Bernardino.

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UCLA Football: Friday Night Practice Notes

News and Notes from UCLA Football's Fall training camp in San Bernardino

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UCLA Football: Day 9 in San Bernardino AM Notes

News and Notes from UCLA Football's Summer training camp in San Bernardino.

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Myles Jack Video - Day 7 PM Practice Notes

The Bruins are getting toward the end of their time in balmy San Bernardino, and the heat has finally made an appearance in the Inland Empire. Wednesday saw the mercury hit 104 degrees, with the heat likely to continue through the rest of the week.

Just a couple of quick notes to get us through the early morning.

Chris Foster noted that the Bruins have had a few injury issues - with five members of the O-Line missing time due to injury. Anthony Barr was back fully participating in practice tonight, while after missing some time, both Eddie Vanderdoes and Kylie Fitts participated in individual drills earlier this evening and are a day or two from fully joining practices. All in all, Coach Mora could be facing a much worse situation:

USC had 23 players who could not go through full-contact drills tonight. That means some did practice, like wide receiver Marqise Lee, who did some things but nothing close to getting contact. There are 19 players out who cannot do anything, Kiffin said.

Though if you read Phil Steele, that is totally not a problem for Southern Cal, as their 14-man short squad is so ridiculously deep that they will run away with the division and make a legitimate national championship run. Really, he actually wrote that.

Jack Wang caught up with Myles Jack after practice, while discussing his elite athleticism and versatility inside as well as his expected spot on the outside.


"I’m learning every spot at linebacker," said Jack, whom Rivals.com rated the second-best recruit in Washington state. "I’m learning dime, nickel, outside backer. I’m trying to figure it all out. … I feel like I’m versatile enough to fill those roles."

Coach Mora had a few words to add.

"His technique is not there yet and he grabs a lot, but his athleticism — it’s unbelievable," head coach Jim Mora said. "He lowers his center of gravity. He has great change of direction. Amazing quickness. You’ll see us continue to put him down there and cover some wideouts."

The Bruins will be back on the practice field for Thursday's single practice session at 10:45am.

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Day 6 Camp Notes: Bruins are "Locked in"

News and notes from UCLA’s fall camp in San Bernardino.

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San Bernardino Training Camp: Day 6 Open Thread

The Bruins will be practicing this afternoon at 4 pm and this is your open thread.

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Day 5 AM Practice recap - Injuries & Special Teams

A lengthy recap of this morning's UCLA Football Summer Camp practice in San Bernardino

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Malcolm Jones Loses NCAA Case, 2013 his last year

The fourth day of UCLA Fall Practice is in the books. After the first two-a-day session of the Fall, the Bruins are taking today off.

As OCbruin714 fanshotted last night, Malcolm Jones has lost his appeal to the NCAA seeking to have his 2012 season counted as redshirt-eligible. Recall that Malcolm played in last season's opener @ Rice, and decided to leave the team and transfer out of UCLA soon after. After coming back to the team, he filed an appeal seeking to be able to count last season as a redshirt year, gaining an additional year of eligibility to play in 2014 - which had it been successful likely would have required him to sit out a couple of games this year or the next.

Jack Wang talked with Malcolm last night after the late practice about his failed appeal.


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More Day 4 AM Clips: XSF Talks About Freshmen OL

XSF felt good about being in full pads for the first time:

XSF also talked about the freshmen OL and brought up the names of Caleb Benenoch and Alex Redmond , who have been getting some time with the first team.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the field ICYMI here were Cassius Marsh's comments after Friday:

He sounds grateful for being at a good spot heading into his senior year at UCLA:

Now a note on Ralph's videos. I appreciate the work he has done and continues to do in getting up the videos. I really do. He is awesome and one of the real assets of this embattled AD. I think he can make his interviews even better if he limits the leading questions to our players and ask them open ended questions. That way we could get more than just canned soundbites from these guys. Perhaps it's too much to ask but wanted to throw it in here because we know Ralph reads BN.

BTW as noted in the open thread for today, it was a well-attended practice this am. Here is a picture from the football program's official twitter feed:

And a cool view of the practice from Patrick Giradi, UCLA Football Director of Player Personnel:

uclaluv has also posted some great pics from Day 4's AM practice in our last thread. Check them out.

GO BRUINS.

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More Day 2 Notes: Klemm's Thoughts on OL

Let's pile on additional notes after second day of practice. Coach Adrian Klemm shared some interesting comments on the state of OL with the press yesterday. Earlier this spring Klemm was so frustrated with some of the returning players in OL that he thought 2 or 3 freshmen would compete for the starting spot. Well it looks like he is recalibrating his observations on OL a bit after two days of practice:

After the Bruins started preseason training camp in San Bernardino, Klemm clarified: He meant that two or three of his seven freshmen will compete for, not necessarily win, a spot.

"More often than not, they're not as technically sound as you'd like them to be," said Klemm, who was named Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. "We have three or four of those guys that are physically close.

"We have probably three of them that have a long ways (to go) in terms of body composition. Two that came in pretty poor shape."

Klemm declined to specify which freshmen fell into which group, but four-star recruit Caleb Benenoch is definitely in the first. The former Michigan State commitment has a chance to start at right guard, where Klemm is currently rotating four different players to try and find a starter.

"He's physically pretty damn close," Klemm said of Benenoch, who measures at 6-foot-5 and around 313 pounds. "He's one of the stronger guys in our group."

Benenoch certainly sounds and looks confident in this video Ralph put together after first day of practice which also includes comments from fellow freshmen OL and returning OL Simon Goines. Also comments worth tracking are the one from red shirt sophomore OL Ben Wysocki, who seems a little rejuvenated from all the competition coming from the true freshmen.

What's interesting from Wang's post is the info. that Scott Quessenberry is also getting a look at RG. Scott came in as a pretty heavily recruited OL. It's also encouraging to hear the progress both Goines and Torian White have made from last season. It is unbelievable that White played tackled weighing at 265 lbs last year (he is up to 290 now).

Now hopefully these guys will develop into a formidable line who will provide ample time for Brett Hundley. Speaking of whom Hundle has been given additional responsibilities this camp. Per Chris Foster freshman QB Asiantii Woulard has been "tethered" to Hundley:

"They have him rooming with me and he has the locker next to me," Hundley said. "The coaches haven't said anything to me, but it's pretty obvious they want me to mentor him."

He has.

"The playbook is complex, and I'm always asking Brett questions if I'm confused on something," Woulard said.

Mazzone said Woulard isn't too confused.

"He knows the pace we go at, and the decision making and communication," Mazzone said. "He doesn't get rattled."

Well this is all good news. But don't Foster's report get to your head. Woulard is still a freshman and lot of players look great in practices before experiencing game day. I am encouraged with what I have heard about Woulard in last 48 hours.  But, I hope we don't have to see him on the field until 2014.

Elsewhere, Ellis McCarthy is looking good early. The sophomore DT is down to 325 lbs. Now I am salivating picturing EFM and EDV taking field at the same time. Maybe for the first time since the days of Ben Ball Warriors, we wild with initials on BN. Who knows.

If you are looking for pictures, Jack Wang has them in cool photo gallery here and here [BTW props to Wang, who is off to a good start in his second season of covering the beat].

Lastly, I will end with this video from the official site which has comments from a senior (Stan McKay) and a freshman (Tahan Goodman) member of our defensive backfield.

If you are out there for practice today, enjoy. And come back here to share your notes. Maybe you can share pictures too (you are always welcome to tweet your pictures from practice @BruinNation).

GO BRUINS.

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UCLA Football Fall Practice: Day 2 Initial Notes

The Bruins have finished their second day of Fall Practices at Cal State San Bernardino. Priest Willis heard from the NCAA this afternoon, and more thoughts on Eddie Vanderdoes' comments to the media from last night.

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