Two huge pieces of news came out of practice today. One happy. One very sad, especially for the player involved:
UCLA senior CB Fabian Moreau will miss the rest of the season with a lisfranc injury, Jim Mora said. May apply for medical redshirt.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) September 22, 2015
Jim Mora said Fabian Moreau will have surgery on his foot today and will be done for the season.— Edward Lewis (@Edward__Lewis) September 22, 2015
Fabian has been UCLA's #1 corner this season and left the game Saturday with a foot injury. He did return to play, but it turns out he suffered a foot fracture and is undergoing surgery today. Moreau has looked extremely good in practice the last two years, and was finally getting to show what he was capable of during game-time this year. This is really sad news for him. And while the team will also miss him, there should be other talented young men that can step up and help out.
One of those men is back. After sitting out three games while waiting to hear his fate after an incident involving a phone and uber, Ismael Adams has been reinstated.
Jim Mora said Ishmael Adams was remorseful about his arrest. Felt comfortable reinstating him now that felony charges aren't a possibility.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) September 22, 2015
It will be interesting to see how the pieces move around given these changes in personnel. So far, Tom Bradley has been able to rely on talented back ups who have performed superbly when called into action -Isaako Savaiinaea, Eli Ankou, and Matt Dickerson to name a few. Denzel Fisher and Randall Goforth both filled in for Moreau at corner on Saturday. Will Myles Jack stay at nickel and Ishmael Adams move to corner? Will Denzel Fisher continue to play corner, Ish move back to nickel and Myles to LB? Will Goforth be moved from safety to corner? There are a lot of choices to be made on d, but fortunately this team has a lot of depth, athleticism, and talent... and Tom Bradley.
Jim Mora began by discussing reinstating Adams. He says Ish has shown incredible remorse, has apologized to the team, and has missed a quarter of the season, and says it's time for him to return. As for Ish's return, the coaches are going to evaluate where he is at physically and see how much time he can play.
A huge thanks to Jack Wang for getting these videos out so quickly today, especially with huge news to report!
Mora says losing Moreau is a huge blow. Mora believes Fabian is a great player and an NFL corner "without a doubt". This combined with losing Eddie Vanderdoes - two NFL players - is pretty significant. Mora really feels for Moreau who has worked really hard. The team will apply for the medical redshirt for Fabian, which is what he wants. Mora says Randall Goforth did well at corner, but the staff doesn't know yet how they will set up the secondary. Stephen Johnson is going to stay on offense and will be working more in the receiver rotation.
On the offensive side of the ball, Nate Starks showed what he could do on Saturday. Nate talks about his experience, which included watching the tape all night:
Thanks to Jack Wang for the video.
Starks also talks about the development and chemistry of the offensive line and how everyone is playing for each other. He credits Sal Alosi for the great condition he is in and Paul Perkins for leading the running backs, on and off the field.
This team has been going through a lot of adversity, but to this point it has handled it really well. Let's hope that continues. Keep your head up Fabian... you'll be back.