The Bruins held day 5 of the preseason camp in San Bernardino in full pads, so there was a bit more action on the field, but, of course, the big news today is that the NCAA lost its case in court to our own Ed O'Bannon, et. al. We will have more on this in later, but lawyers and others feel free to write your thoughts here.
As you can see, the Bruins started their day with a pool workout before putting on their full pads:
First the injury updates that we know at this time (huge thanks to Ryan Kartje and Jack Wang for the tweeting the information, and Bruinette88 for posting them in our practice thread). Kartje tweeted that Jordan James was limited today because of the hamstring issue from yesterday and that Paul Perkins became the #1 RB in his place. He also reported that Thomas Duarte is also suffering from a hamstring issue and didn't participate and Jordan Payton took his place at the Y and that Alex Redmond (heat) and Malcolm Bunche were also held out of practice today. Jack Wang tweeted that WR Sam Handler injured his right knee after being bumped in the air and landing hard on it. Kartje also tweeted that ILB Zach Whitley wore a neck brace today after taking a hit yesterday. According to the LA Times, we also know that Simon Goines is going to have minor surgery on his ankle which could keep him out for at least three weeks. We wish them all a speedy recovery.
The linebackers are getting some rave reviews. Ryan Kartje from the OC Register really liked OLB Deon Hollins today who had 4 sacks. He thinks Kenny Young has been especially outstanding and is probably the best true freshman on the field. Jordan Lee from the Daily Bruin agrees, adding that he's a really strong force up the middle, plays the gaps well, and has good instincts. Jack Wang tweeted about Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich comments on how much film Young watches. He also tweets that the open OLB (opposite Myles Jack) and ILB (opposite Eric Kendricks) spots are still wide open. By the way, Kenny Young is really glad he's here:
Louisiana native Kenny Young, on San Berdoo weather: "This is lovely, honestly. I love this so much, I don’t think I’ll ever go back home."— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) August 9, 2014
Both Kartje and Lee had praise for Eldridge Massington who caught two deep balls, including a nice jump ball (height has its advantages), Tahaan Goodman who according to Lee "can really lay wood", Fabian Moreau "for the 10000th time" (Kartje), and Nate Iese. Jack Wang also praised Moreau, saying he "still looks elite. Completely locked down WR Devin Lucien on one deep route." Wang also wrote that Priest Willis had a good day today.
The DB's all seemed to have a really nice day. Thanks to Ed Lewis of the Bruin Sports Report for posting this video of Coach Ulbrich.
On Fabian Moreau, Ulbrich said: "He could be a special corner. He could play this game for a long, long time."
Video courtesy of Jack Wang of the LA Daily News
Eddie Vanderdoes also talked about the new defense and how much he likes the "three tech" position. He says it feel much more natural for him and it allows him to use his strength more and be more violent and explosive coming off the line. He also loves being next to Owamagbe Odighizuwa saying "there's humans and then there's Owa", adding that he's pure muscle, runs like a DB, and looks like he's already a DE in the NFL. He says the OL is much improved from last year. He also raves about the freshman that have joined the D-Line this year, saying:
Ainuu [Taua] is a lot like Kenny with his explosionness. Once he gets it and...gets his technique down, the plays down, understands what the offensive linemen are trying to do to him, I think he can be as good as Kenny. And, Matt [Dickerson] is a monster. He's like a bigger version of Cassius. I see him building in to that. He's long and he's really developed as a pass-rusher....I like the way Matt plays. And Jacob [Tuioti-Mariner] is doing really good. He's really smart and he's doing his job.
One more important thing:
In memory of PAC, we'll be hosting The Live Like Nick 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 7, 2014 at SCHS. Sign Up Here: http://t.co/3WxqjtN7Fm— AJ Pasquale (@AJPasquale5) August 9, 2014
Tomorrow will be the first day with two practices. The first at 8 a.m., the second at 7 p.m., with the session again open to the public. As noted in previous days, the logistics have changed a bit this year, with the public viewing area further away than in the past, so do arrive early if possible. Any of you who were out there today, we would love to hear your thoughts in a fanpost and/or you can tweet pictures and video to us at @BruinNation.