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Video highlights from UCLA's preseason camp in San Bernardino.
Yesterday, excited fans turned out in large numbers to watch their team finish up training camp in San Bernardino. Fans were treated to lots of great action, ice cream, and a chance to meet and greet this years players and coaches. I was one of them and below are some of my thoughts, observations, and pictures.
Brett Hundley, Anthony Barr, and Xavier Su'a-Filo met with the press after practice today.
2013 UCLA Football Fall Camp: Mora, Hundley, Barr & XSF’s Thoughts on Last Day in San Bernardino
Today is the last day of practice in San Bernardino, and it's Meet the Team day!
News and Notes from UCLA Football's Fall training camp in San Bernardino
News and Notes from UCLA Football's Summer training camp in San Bernardino.
The last two-a-day session in San Bernardino takes place today.
The Bruins football team has plenty of questions to answer in the 2013 season.
News and notes from UCLA’s fall practice camp in San Bernardino.
With only a couple more days of training camp open to the public we encourage you to get out and see the Bruins in action. Today practice begins at 10:45.
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.
UCLA’s star redshirt sophomore QB sounds off on high expectations, Heisman, a promising freshman QB, Johnny Manziel and other hot topics.
A recap of this morning's practice in San Bernardino.
The Bruins will practice twice today in San Bernardino as the season kickoff is now just 17 days away.
News and notes from UCLA’s fall camp in San Bernardino.
The Bruins will be practicing this afternoon at 4 pm and this is your open thread.
A great start to practice is marred by a fight near the end, and Mora makes the team runs sprints for 30 minutes.
Let's pile on Menelaus's extensive morning notes. Ralph Irvin has a good interview with senior WR Shaq Evans:
Evans talked about the depth at WR and going up against our young, but talented DBs. I liked Ralph's questions in this interview as his questions to Shaq were a little more open-ended. Elsewhere:
That will have to do for today. If you were out there today, share your notes in this thread.
A lengthy recap of this morning's UCLA Football Summer Camp practice in San Bernardino
It's Monday, so the Bruins get back to two-a-days at their preseason camp in San Bernardino.
While the football team took the day off to bond in the pool, the drone and "GoPro" were still hard at work. Great video and interviews as usual from Ralph Irvin.
News and notes from UCLA’s fall football camp at San Bernardino.
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.
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:
Great turnout for Saturday's morning practice at CSUSB. Still another chance to catch the Bruins tonight at 6pm. http://t.co/sSNppLJ9Xh— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) August 10, 2013
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.
Here are Jim Mora's comments after morning practice in Day 4:
Mora talked about how the chaos in the practice created by rock music (Led Zeppelin), faster pace and also officials was designed to given the players a real game experience. Guess the practice got sloppy but Mora spinned it as "sometimes ugly is good" because it gives the players a learning experience.
Mora seemed pleased with Malcolm Jones's efforts today. Mora called his performance "impressive" to date and suggested that Malcolm is finally running with his pads level down and with an "angry attitude." Mora is not ready to reward him with a scholarship yet as he is saying that it is there for Malcolm's taking if he can keep his performance up on a consistent basis. It's never too late for Malcolm.
From the AM notes it appears penalties were a big issue today. Mora talked about how the penalties (defensive penalties) were not acceptable. Interestingly he said defensive penalties weren't a big issue last year. Mora said offensively Bruins didn't have any penalties this am, which is a good thing.
The practice according to Mora was intense. There were some skirmishes and Myles Jack and Ben Wysocki were kicked out by the referees. Mora called that learning experience. Hopefully it will sync in with those two and rest of the team how a single player cannot afford to hurt the entire team with stupid penalties by taking cheat shots. Good to get that stuff out of our system now - instead of getting burned by them during game days. One can only hope.
While speaking about replacing Joe Fauria on offense Mora dropped freshman Thomas Duarte's name as a potential key offensive receiver along with Shaq Evans and Devin Fuller. BTW Mora also threw in the idea of putting Anthony Barr and Cassius Marsh in the offensive mix. I am guessing coaches will be thinking about using those two the same way sometime we had Datone Jones in certain offensive sets last season.
Mora talked about how the chaos in the practice created by rock music (Led Zeppline), faster pace and also officials was designed to given the players a real game experience. Guess the practice got sloppy but Mora spinned it as "sometimes ugly is good" because it gives the players a learning experience.
I already shared these notes on this morning's practice in the Day 4 open thread where impaulv, uclaluv have been offering their rapid fire comments today. Thought I'd crosspost them in our practice stream as an update as well:
Overall it was a physical practice, had ups and downs. Need to clean up the penalty issues again.
Coach Mora talks about player personnel and positions, punting, the defensive secondary, and the perfect outside linebacker.
Saturday marks day 4 of the Pre-Season camp at CSUSB, and the Bruins will practice twice today.
It's Friday and the 3rd day of practice for our men in San Berdoo. Here is your open thread for today's practice.
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."
"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.
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).
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.
It's hot in San Bernardino so the big question is: How hot are the Bruins?
One day of camp done. How did it go?
Let's read through some quick news clips to get our Thursday morning started at BN. Chris Foster from the LA Times talked to Mora about the team's trip to San Diego to train with the Seals:
Mora said training camp needed a wrinkle.
"Last year was a real powerful experience for our kids and they had a set of expectations of what it was going to be like this year," Mora said. "I wanted to change it a little bit. I wanted to give a new challenge."
The work, Zumwalt said, "was hard. My legs are still sore." But the experience, Hundley said, will be beneficial.
"They put us through anything and everything," Hundley said. "Some of the stuff wasn't physical. It was mental. They pushed us through limits where we have to go."
BTW speaking of that training we did share a photo via Elridge Massington tweet yesterday. But Massington deleted the tweet. I am guessing someone in the coaching staff wasn't pleased.
Anyway, let's hope the extra wrinkle pays off in the next few days. Jack Wang from Inside UCLA is off to a strong start this camp. He has posted few videos after yesterday's practice which includes:
Practice will get started at 4 pm today. We will share more nuggets, tidbits as we read them through the day. In the meantime if you were at practice, feel free to share your thoughts, reflections here.
Brett Hundley talks about bonding together as a brotherhood in San Bernardino:
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Additional comments from Coach Mora on how going away isolates the team from distractions and helps the team to depend on and get to know each other:
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Just a quick fix as we look forward to August 31st.
First day of practice is in the books. We will have our notes tomorrow am. In the meantime here is Coach Mora's comments after the first day:
If folks are wondering about the weather it wasn't too bad out there in the IE today. It ONLY got up to 92 degrees.
If you were out there at practice today this is your thread to share your notes.
The UCLA football team begins their fall training camp this afternoon, with the beginning of two weeks of practices in the Inland Empire before returning to Westwood later this month.
As expected, Jim Mora announced earlier this summer that UCLA would be returning to Cal State San Bernardino to hold their football fall camp. Yesterday, with camp only a week ago, Morgan Center released the official practice schedule for practices open to the public.
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