UCLA will open its 2011 pre-season football practice on Monday, August 8. The Bruins will practice once daily from August 8 through August 12 as part of the NCAA acclimatization process.
The first practice in full pads will be Friday, August 12. Two-a-day practices will begin on Saturday, August 13. NCAA rules instituted in 2003 prohibit two practices on back-to-back days.
On Saturday, August 20, the Bruins will hold their first major scrimmage of Fall Camp. The scrimmage will be held at Drake Stadium, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
All practices between August 8 and 20 will be open to the public and all, with the exception of the August 20 scrimmage, will be on Spaulding Field. Practices beginning August 22 will be determined at a later date and will be closed to the public.
Here is the TENTATIVE practice schedule:
Monday, August 8 – 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9 – 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 – 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11 – 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 12 – 3:00-5:00 pm (First day of full pads)
Saturday, August 13 – 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 -No practice
Monday, August 15 – 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 -3:00-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, August 17 – 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 18 – 3:00-5:15 p.m.
Friday, August 19 – 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 20 – 5:00 p.m. (Scrimmage at Drake Stadium)
The Bruins are ranked 84th in the country by Sporting News, and I had a feeling some of you would have some opinions on that. My take? That’s pretty darn low, behind such powerhouses as Troy, Florida International, Toledo and Colorado State. I’d peg the Bruins for the mid-60s as of now, but not 84.
UCLA second-year freshman walk-on tight end Luke Gane is about to get his wish.
On Wednesday, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gane will fly to Denver to meet Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow, a wish he had three years ago when he missed his junior season at Edison High while battling aplastic anemia.
When reached earlier today, Gane said the Foundation called his house on Monday to let his family know Luke’s wish had been granted.
Why Tebow? “I look up to him as a player and as a Christian,” said Gane. “I admire his drive and he is a great example for Christian athletes. I like the fact that he puts God before everything in his life. I am excited to meet him.”