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Spaulding Roundup: Rahim On Opposing QBs, Practice Dates & Other UCLA Notes

We can never get enough of Rahim Moore. Blair Angulo (who at this point appears to be the best tradmed. reporter covering UCLA) posted another video excerpt of the Bruin FS on his UCLA blog at ESPNLA. Blair asked Rahim his thoughts about opposing QB's shying away from him this upcoming season. Take a look:

Love these bits:

If you (opposing QBs) come at me, you come at me. If you don't I will find you. [...]

Either way, I am going to go where the ball is. No matter what,

Guess he will never be short of confidence.  Couple of other notes and practice schedule after the jump.

IMO Bruins are relatively healthy (knocking on wood) heading into camp. However, it appears that there are some minor situations that we need to keep an eye on. From the LA Times:

Wide receiver Josh Smith (left knee) and guard Darius Savage  (back) are expected to work back in slowly, but Neuheisel said both should be ready by the opener.

Freshman defensive back Anthony Jefferson had an MRI exam on his hip and freshman defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa had a cortisone shot for a groin injury. Neuheisel said both should be able to practice.

Tight end John Young and defensive end Derrick Bryant, both incoming freshmen, will be unable to participate this season. Both had shoulder surgery. ... Cornerback Brandon Sermons will miss the season with a broken leg.

We have heard that Smith has been looking pretty good this summer. If Savage can make his way and chip in the OL, it will be a boon for Coach Palcic. Hopefully Jefferson's situation is not a big deal and we are guessing Owa is not going to miss much action. As for the other guys, wishing them a healthy and timely recovery. Here is to them coming back strong this spring.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, reporters from Washington, asked CRN about Josh Shirley during Pac-10 Media Day. CRN gave a swift and decisive response (emphasis added):

Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel said he had no "ill will" toward Washington or Josh Shirley for the fact that Shirley is now a Husky after Neuheisel dismissed him from the team in June. Shirley and two other players were arrested on suspicion of theft. Neuheisel said he had "irrefutable evidence as to what happened" and felt it important to "make a statement on behalf of the program" in dismissing the three players. He said he "wasn't concerned" that Shirley ended up at a competing conference school such as UW. "I don't regret at all my decision," he said. "It was more about making sure the kids in our program understood what was acceptable behavior."

Sounds good to us.  Speaking of our guys, they return to Spaulding on August 9th. The official site reposted the TENTATIVE practice schedule:

  • Monday, August 9 - 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 10 - 10:00 am-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 11 - 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 12 - 10:00 am-1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 13 - 4:00-6:00 pm (First day of full pads)
  • Saturday, August 14 - 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 15 -3:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, August 16 - 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 17 -3:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 18 - 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19 - 3:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, August 20 - 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 21 - 5:00 p.m. (Scrimmage at Drake Stadium)

The first practice in full pads will be Friday, August 13. Two-a-day practices will begin on Saturday, August 14. NCAA rules instituted in 2003 prohibit two practices on back-to-back days. On Saturday, August 21, the Bruins will hold their first major scrimmage of Fall Camp. The scrimmage will be held at Drake Stadium, beginning at 5:00 p.m. All practices between August 9 and 21 will be open to the public and all, with the exception of the August 21 scrimmage, will be on Spaulding Field.

I am sure we will be posting those dates again. In any even though for those planning to head out there this month, make sure to mark down the dates.  Counting on you guys to give candid and honest feedback based on what you see with your own eyes. Oh, as always we love pictures and videos too.