clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Bruin Bites: UCLA Football Recruits, Standouts, and Pros

New, 4 comments

A quick look at the latest news while UCLA Football continues fall camp today at 3 pm in San Berdoo. We check in on our team, our Bruins in the NFL, and look at the latest news on the recruiting front.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Devin Fuller scoring a touchdown.
Devin Fuller scoring a touchdown.
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Bruin fans!

Let's take a look at some of the news which came out in the last day. Let's start with our UCLA Football team.

Football

The Pac-12 has a video preview or the 2015 Bruins which asks some important questions:

You can watch the running backs do their drills and kick returns at practice thanks to BruinFanCam

Yahoo's Pat Forde says Myles Jack is one of the most intriguing players in college football - who are not quarterbacks.

Devin Fuller's versatility and evolution are highlighted in Chris Foster's article today. If you were at practice Saturday night, you saw Fuller's speed as he took a slant pass from Josh Rosen and ran the length of the filed for a touchdown. Unfortunately for Rosen, it meant he was off the field after just one play.

Joey Kaufmann of the OC Register says Myles Jack won't be playing every position this year and looks at the breakthrough Aaron Sharp is having as a receiver, a position he hasn't played since he was seven. Jack Wang says "replacing Eric Kendricks is a balancing act for UCLA’s linebackers".

Jayon Brown, Fred Ulu-Perry, and Najee Toran met with the media yesterday and Bruin Sports Report has their interviews. You can find all of the past interviews on Ed Lewis' YouTube channel. Thanks to Ed and Michael Chavez for sharing these. We highly recommend subscribing to the Bruins Sports Report where you can also check out their clips of Chris Clark as he practices for the first time.

SI says that Josh Rosen "leads 15 freshman who could contribute immediately" and explain why they rank the UCLA Bruins at #14. Both links have some pretty nice photos from games and practices.

I highly recommend checking out these photos from UCLA Football. They have a superb photographer working with the team this year,

Football Recruiting

Pacific Takes looks at some major UCLA Bruin Football recruits and where the scouting sites predict they will land, including Rashan Gary, Damar Hamlin, and Javon McKinley.

Greg Biggins of Scout says that elite receiver Theo Howard will consider UCLA after de-committing from the Ducks. He also attended practice yesterday:


Bruins in the Pros

Akeem Ayers and the Rams were  in Oxnard yesterday to practice against the Cowboys:

They'll be back out there competing against the Cowboys again today and then hold a practice on their own on Wednesday.

Johnathan Franklin told his story to the Notre Dame Sports Blogger where he is now working in Student Welfare and Development. It's a great read and, as usual, Johnathan has it right:

I really enjoy everything. I think that it’s so powerful going out into the community and seeing people that might be less fortunate and might not have what we have. Seeing the student-athletes go out into the community, their faces just light up. It might be at the homeless shelter, where these residents might not know where the next meal will come from or where they might stay the next day. You know, we come over there and they just completely forget where they are or what’s going on in their life. I think that’s very meaningful. I mean, that’s what life is all about. Regardless of the money, who you are, what your name is, who you know… Changing people’s lives is one of the most important things and it’s one of those things money can’t buy.

In their podcast, the Journal Sentinel's Packer beat writers discuss Brett Hundley's debut and Yardbarker says that Brett is silencing those who wondered why the Packers drafted him. They break down Hundley's 1st game (with film), noting his good footwork, ability to operate under pressure, and that two incomplete passes would have been caught by someone used to catching in the NFL. About his performance:

But what is even more interesting than these plays are the ones that did not go as well.  Hundley showed a great deal of comfort, poise, and athleticism for a rookie playing in his first ever preseason game.  Add in some shoddy line play, especially from tackle Don Barclay, and Hundley’s surprisingly natural and composed play really jumps out.

Everyone is talking about Eric Kendricks, how he shines,  is both patient and knows how to fly around, is earning good grades (along with Alterraun Verner), and what people are learning about what he brings to the game:

Rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks impressed, too, registering four solo tackles, one sack and one assist while displaying impressive instincts.

Well that's will do it for Bruin Bites today. We will have a thread later today for practice and we hope you have a great day.

Go Bruins!