We went from a weird day for UCLA Football on Wednesday, with practice being cut short due to Coach Mora wanting to make sure the practice facility was a ‘secure practice environment’ to Thursday having the Bruins back to the normal practice grind with one pretty significant lowlight.
First, the news that traveled all over Bruins Nation this morning, as Bruin Report Online reported that Kenny Lacy could be out for a ‘significant time’. Later in the day, the news of Lacy’s injury and its significance was confirmed by Coach Mora:
Kenny, I told you the other day, he had an injection. He had an injection so that he could get an MRI and it showed some structural damage to his hips. So, he is going to have surgery, which will end his season.
This is a blow to the one area of the team universally believed to be the most vital: the offensive line. Lacy was not expected to start on the line this year, but we all know that depth is important on the line and losing a senior in this way is definitely going to hurt.
Thanks to Thuc Nhi Nguyen of Inside SoCal for the today’s practice interviews. First up, we have head coach Jim Mora discussing his initial Texas A&M thoughts, the Wednesday practice security issue and, lastly, his thoughts on the injury to Kenny Lacy.
Next, Coach Jedd Fisch shared his thoughts on the monotony that builds after practicing each other day after day, the excitement to start the game planning for Texas A&M, playbook knowledge of his team’s offense and Josh Rosen’s progress on the practice field.
Defensive End Keisean Lucier-South shared his thoughts on the changes for him from his freshmen year to this year, the pedigree of UCLA talent on the defensive side of the ball, and the youngsters on the defensive line this year.
Next up, we have linebacker Lokeni Toailoa. Toailoa is one of the sophomore linebackers that is looking to continue the tradition of elite UCLA linebackers and is taking over at Mike this year. Toailoa is wearing the perfect number for the Mike position, No 52. With Toailoa, senior Kenny Young and junior Josh Woods manning the linebacker corps this year, it sure seems this will once again be an area of major strength this year for UCLA.
Next, defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa. Tagaloa is definitely one of the Bruins that will to have to play big this year. The defensive line is going to be young this year, and although Tagaloa is only a sophomore, he will have to build on the experience he earned in the eight games he played in last year.
Coach Mora Interview With Jim Rome
Lastly, probably the most interesting tidbit of the day for me, other than Lacy’s injury, was Coach Mora’s interview on the Jim Rome show early this morning. I know Bruins Nation has their feelings regarding Coach Mora, and I tend to land in the middle somewhere. The one thing that I know and respect about Coach Mora is that he is a person that cares of his players and the relationships he builds with them.
Take a listen to the segment as he shares a poignant story about his interaction with Takkarist McKinley on draft day this year.