Post-Scrimmage Update

* UCLA had a 70-plus-play scrimmage today, and the defense got the better of the offense on most levels.

* Johnathan Franklin ran the ball pretty well, and he definitely seems to be hitting his top gear faster than last season. He had the bulk of the carries with the first-team offense early, and he made the most of the opportunities, his first look in a scrimmage situation this season. Franklin finished with a team-high seven carries for a team-high 44 yards.

* Jordon James had a nice scrimmage, including a three-yard touchdown run that followed a beautiful Anthony Barr run against the second team. James finished with five carries and 24 yards and Derrick Coleman four carries for 21 yards.

* The passing game was really off, though. Constant pressure in the backfield, with some big plays from Owa Odighizuwa and Iuta Tepa. Overall, the offensive line just didn’t get a lot of push.

* Morrell Presley did have a nice scrimmage, though, with three catches for 45 yards. He had one catch in traffic that required a double-take, swallowing the pass before falling.

* The second-team offense really struggled with the snapping of Kody Innes. With Greg Capella running with the ones and Kai Maiava sidelined, Innes took the second-team snaps and almost every single one was off. Brett Hundley did a decent enough job corralling the ball, but it was completely throwing him off.

* Hundley, aside from missing a couple deep passes, practiced pretty well. Coach Johnson said he made a few plays that just just did not even a week ago, making more instinctive decisions.

* Overall the deep passing game struggled, and it still looks like a timing issue. They just don’t seem to be able to hit a guy in stride.

* Kip Smith struggled after making a 31-yard field goal on the team’s first offensive possession. He missed kicks of 48, 52 and 37 yards, and missed the last two pretty badly.

* Nelson Rosario and Randall Carroll both participated in the track meet today, but Carroll participated briefly in the scrimmage.