Coach Mora had a short presser after UCLA's practice today at Spaulding. Here is the video:
There is not a lot from it. Basically Mora is giving the players 3 days off (Friday through Sunday) before they get into their game-week prep for the Huskers on Monday. Mora appeared pretty happy with what the Bruins accomplished this week.
In terms of the coaches, they are going to be hitting the recruiting trail this weekend as Mora said that they will make their "presence felt" in the high school scene. Hopefully whoever is going to be checking out Brad Kaya (Mazzone?) will be making a good impression because we need a QB in this class.
Mora talked about how there was work being done on Spaulding because apparently it was infected by fungus this past summer. He thanked Chianti for taking care of the issue by bringing in sod from Texas to take care of the practice field over the weekend. We are guessing Mora was feeling sorry for his incompetent boss, so he had to throw him a bone for doing something that is his job. Whatever.
Three quick reads to check out:
- Chris Foster (the LA Times) has an awesome story on cornerback Marcus Rios who currently is making an amazing comeback after being "hospitalized for nearly two months with an aggressive fungal infection that doctors thought would kill him." Simply amazing. Hey, no problem admitting that I teared up a little reading this. Nice work Chris.
- Also another Bruin who has been sitting out so far this season is Owamagbe Odighizuwa. Owa took another step in his rehab from two hip-surgeries this week. He returned to Spaulding this week for the first time and put on his shoulder pads and as blogged by Wang "getting the cobwebs out" of his legs. But in a smart move Mora is not going to rush him back this season let him work through the process and hopefully get to 100 percent heading into next season. We are all pulling for Owa.
- Going back to Foster's practice I thought he had an interesting comment from highly touted freshman safety Tahaan Goodman who had a solid debut against Nevada. Per Goodman the game against Nevada was "a lot easier than practice" because UCLA practices are at such "high tempo" that when he gets in the game "it's a little slower" for him.
Let's hope Goodman and co. are just as prepared for the Huskers.