UCLA conducted its last two-a-day of Fall Camp at Cal State University, San Bernardino, in anticipation of tomorrow's Fan Appreciation Day at 9 a.m. UCLA will NOT practice tomorrow. According to L.A. Times beat writer, Chris Foster, UCLA held a detail oriented practice this morning, with no hitting, with an eye towards this evening's blue vs. white scrimmage.
Dickerson talks about his reps with the first string as well as Coach Angus McClure's emphasis on each defensive lineman learning all of the positions on the D line. I expect big things from Matt this season.
Perhaps the major story out of Fall Camp in San Berdoo is that Head Coach, Jim L. Mora, and his staff have not yet named a starter at quarterback, with kickoff vs. the University of Virginia Cavaliers at the Rose Bowl only two weeks away (we are getting so close I can taste it!). The writing might have been on the wall regarding the lack of a decision after Coach Mora's tirade with respect to Josh Rosen at the end of Wednesday's practice.
So, the decision will be made after the Bruins return to Westwood. I would imagine that it will need to be made by next weekend, at least privately, before UCLA closes practices and starts game planning for Virginia the following week. Coach Mora confirms this time frame in the video below.
Orange County Register beat writer, Joey Kaufman, has some insight from Coach Mora at to his thought process:
Mora: "We want to make sure that when we do make it, it’s the right decision, that we have conviction about it, that we can stick with it."— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) August 22, 2015
According to Kaufman, the coaching staff wants to be absolutely sure of its decision before it is made. Makes sense to me.
As far as tonight's scrimmage goes, the blue team beat the white team, 39-16. This was not surprising, as Josh Rosen and Jerry Neuheisel took all of the snaps for the blue team. Mike Fafaul took all of the snaps for the white team. Frankly Little Neu outperformed Rosen. Both threw touchdown passes, but Jerry did not turn the ball over, while Josh threw an interception and fumbled the ball twice. Josh also had a rushing touchdown. The plots thickens with respect to the quarterback race.
As a side note, defensive back, Adarius Pickett, got some reps at running back and wide receiver, Mossi Johnson, got some reps at DB, as confirmed by Coach Mora in the video below. It will be interesting to see if this was just for kicks and grins, or if either player will get any looks at those positions in regular season game action.
Big ups to ckphresh5289 for his play-by-play Fanpost about today's scrimmage. if you want to read about it in great detail, check out ckphresh5289's Fanpost. Thank you again, ckphresh5289, great stuff!!
@UCLAFootball has some outstanding photos from the scrimmage here. I particularly like the one of Roosevelt Davis (#22 in white) breaking away from Aaron Wallace (#51 in blue) and the one of the fingertip stretch by Tyler Scott (#81 in blue). Hope Tyler caught that one!
In closing, Coach Mora was interviewed after the scrimmage tonight. He talks about how important it was for the players to be able to "cut loose and play football" during the scrimmage. He relayed some great news as well: no injuries were sustained during the scrimmage. Outstanding! Again, thank you to Ed Lewis and Bruin Sports Report for the video:
Finally, Coach Mora confirmed that there will be no practice tomorrow, just the Fan Appreciation Event. I hope that you SoCal Bruins can make it out to San Berdoo to meet and honor our beloved Bruins.
That's it for your Day 11 Spaulding Report. Go Bruins!!!