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Spaulding Roundup: Practice 5 Progress Reports

The weather is nicer today and today was the first morning in full pads.

Coach Mora has very high hopes for K Ka'imi Fairbairn
Coach Mora has very high hopes for K Ka'imi Fairbairn

Today was the first morning practice in full pads. Coach Mora emphasized effort, challenges in replacing players and overcoming injuries and Jeff Ulbrich's assistant head coach and special teams coach role.

You can catch the details on the BSR TV YouTube channel.

Thanks to Edward Lewis of Bruin Sports Report for posting the video.

Here are some updates on players.

S Dietrich Riley is still out with a separated shoulder but Mora anticipates that he'll be back.

WR Shaquelle Evans sat out because of the flu.

TE John Young's knee experienced some swelling.

OT Simon Goines has the cold. Mora says this tongue in cheek.

Mora also specifically praised the efforts and improvements of Kody Innes, Aaron Porter, Taylor Lagace and Randall Goforth. He mentioned the assertiveness and confidence of Goforth after playing his freshman year and reasserts his high hopes for Ka'imi Fairbairn, even going as far as saying that Fairbairn has the potential to be an All-American and "one of the best at UCLA."

Kick returners are up in the air. Damien Thigpen, Devin Fuller, Ahmaad Harris, Evans are mentioned as potential candidates.

ICYMI according to the Seattle Times former UCLA S Tevin McDonald will be transferring to Eastern Washington.

As Jack Wang from Inside UCLA noted on Twitter, the Bruins end every practice with Ka'imi Fairbairn trying a 52-yarder.

CJM has been satisfying fans' craving for college football, as he has been tweeting "pride alley" matchups and videos of the results.