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Spaulding Roundup: Mora and Adams After Practice, Berkeley Injuries

News and notes as UCLA Football prepares for their Saturday afternoon game at Berkeley.

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The Bruins are wrapping up preparations for their annual trip up to the Bay Area, with a 12:30pm date on Saturday to break a 16-year long losing habit in Berkeley. Coach Mora briefly talked to the media after practice today, touching on the injury status of a few players and thoughts on the Bears offense.

Video via Jack Wang/LA Daily News

In his Thursday night piece for the Daily News, Wang speculated that Hundley will be asked to roll out of the pocket more this week, while noting that Brennan Scarlett, Cal's leading pass rusher is likely to miss Saturday's game. His replacement will be true freshman D-lineman Noah Westerfield.

Everett Cook was covering practice for the LA Times on Thursday, noting that after his cameo at the end of the Oregon game, Connor McDermott has a chance to increase his playing time and reenter the main O-Line rotation after recovering from a shoulder injury. Simon Goines has continued to practice, but having yet to reach game shape, I do doubt whether he will end up on the field for the Bruins this season. Cook also talked with the SF Chronicle's reporter covering the Berkeley beat, who contrasted the depth at receiver with the sheer terror that the crowds in Memorial Stadium have felt when opposing teams attack their secondary,

In the Chronicle's side of that Q&A, Cook noted what has been said here for a while, that the O-line play has been pretty bad, with a key factor being that Caleb Benenoch and Malcolm Bunche really should be playing offensive guard.

Ishmael Adams also spent a few minutes talking to the media on Wednesday about how opposing teams are adapting to the threat he poses on special teams, the defense's struggles and his longtime friendship with some of this week's opponents.

Video via Jack Wang/LA Daily News