More than 6,000 UCLA Season Ticket Holders showed up on Saturday to hear a panel of Coach Jim Mora, quarterback Brett Hundley, and linebackers Eric Kendricks and Myles Jack. Each offered insights similar to what we've heard throughout training camp, but, for those who haven't been following along, it was an opportunity to catch up on the team's progress.
Following the panel discussion, fans were given a measly 45 minutes to stand in long lines waiting for autographs from their favorite players. As has been the case at past autograph sessions, the quarterbacks had the longest line of any position group.
There were so many people standing in that line that it was completely and totally possible that someone could have been in that line for the entire autograph session and never reach the tables to gather any signatures.
Fans were overheard complaining about the slow pace of the lines and the length of the lines at each corner of the Drake Stadium track.
Promptly at 12:30 pm, horns were sounded and security personnel stepped in to tell anyone in a line that the event was over.
The high expectations for this team clearly was responsible for the strong turnout, but, when you have that many people looking to meet as many players as possible, limiting the autograph session to 45 minutes left many with a bad taste in their mouths.
While standing in line for the Receivers and Defensive Backs, I overheard a woman saying, "They need to figure out a better way to do this."