Scott Quessenberry, Kenny Young to represent UCLA at Pac-12 Media Days

UCLA center Scott Quessenberry (52) was named to the Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry and linebacker Kenny Young will be UCLA’s two player representatives at next month’s Pac-12 Media Days at Hollywood and Highland. The players will accompany head coach Jim Mora during the two-day event from July 26-27.

The Bruins are scheduled to take the main stage at 10:20 a.m. on July 26.

Quarterback Josh Rosen would have been the media’s first choice to represent the offense, especially with USC sending its star quarterback Sam Darnold. Sending Quessenberry follows Mora’s tendency to give seniors the opportunity to speak for the team, but there have been exceptions, like when Deon Hollins went in 2015 as a junior instead of Myles Jack, who was also a junior at that time. If you can make an exception for Hollins, bringing Rosen doesn’t seem too big of an ask. It’s likely that Quessenberry will spend most of the day just fielding questions about Rosen anyway. There is at least a little more star power this year than last when there was the same number of quarterbacks and punters (one each).

The full schedule and line up for Pac-12 media days: Continue reading “Scott Quessenberry, Kenny Young to represent UCLA at Pac-12 Media Days” »

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UCLA football links: Athlon Sports ranks all FBS head coaches

    Head coach Jim Mora. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The long football-less summer continues on, but there’s an end in sight. There’s less than one month before Pac-12 Media Days (July 26-27), and although UCLA has yet to officially announce its fall camp schedule, it’s likely there won’t be a very long break between media days and the beginning of practice.

College football magazines are beginning to roll out primers to the year, including Athlon Sports, which ranked all 130 FBS head coaches.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora, who was ranked 11th in the Pac-12 by the magazine earlier this summer, checked in at No. 74 in the all-FBS list after UCLA’s 4-8 2016 season.

Other links:

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Three-star RB AJ Carter flips UCLA commitment to LSU

UCLA showed interest in three-star running back AJ Carter early in the Louisiana native’s recruiting process and he rewarded the school with an early commitment last April.

Then LSU called.

Carter flipped his commitment from the Bruins to his home-state Tigers on Monday. He officially received an LSU offer only three days ago.

Carter, who was UCLA’s only running back for the 2018 class, wrote on social media that he “appreciate(s) (Jim Mora and DeShaun Foster) for seeing my ability before anyone else. However, I feel like I have to follow another path. I have to follow my dream.”

Foster, UCLA’s first-year running backs coach, began recruiting Carter while he was still at Texas Tech before honoring the offer for UCLA. The Bruins have 12 commits for the 2018 class now:

  • ATH Isaiah Johnson
  • DL Aaron Maldonado
  • OT Blake McDonald
  • S Cam’ron Jones
  • WR Kyle Phillips
  • QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson
  • S Stephan Blaylock
  • DL Niti Liu
  • OL Jason Dickson
  • OL Chris Bleich
  • OL Marco Brewer
  • OL Trey Stratford
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Jaelan Phillips gives sneak peak at new Under Armour UCLA football cleats

UCLA’s partnership with Under Armour officially launches on July 1, and freshman defensive end Jaelan Phillips took to Twitter to give an early peak at some of the new gear. The freshman class moved in last weekend and received some new Under Armour swag before Saturday’s official debut.

What do you think of the shoes?

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UCLA football lands three-star OL commit from Texas

Hank Fraley‘s recruiting crusade picked up another commit.

Three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford announced his commitment to UCLA via Twitter on Saturday, becoming the fourth offensive lineman commit in the class of 2018 in nine days.

Stratford, a 6-foot-3, 271 offensive tackle/center from Allen, Texas, picked up offers from Arizona State, Utah, California, Nebraska and home-state Texas. An accomplished student, he also reeled in offers from Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.

Fraley, UCLA’s first-year offensive line coach, has five commits to his position for the 2018 class already. Four are three-star prospects coming out of high school, while Jason Dickson is a junior college transfer.

Here are Stratford’s junior year highlights:

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