UCLA injury/practice update

* Junior middle linebacker Patrick Larimore is listed as doubtful for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on the team’s injury report, but all indications are that Jordan Zumwalt will start in his place. Clark Lea is preparing as such, as is Zumwalt, and Larimore was out of practice today and not expected back.

* The Bruins’ depth at linebacker is further hurting with Sean Westgate officially out for the game and Isaiah Bowens academically ineligible. Lea said that Todd Golper would slide into the backup role at middle linebacker, and Philip Ruhl will move into to backup Will linebacker.

* With Alberto Cid academically ineligible for the bowl – and Wade Yandall out with a concussion – Brett Downey moved into the starting quick tackle spot with Jeff Baca bumping to guard. Bob Palcic said he was glad Downey – and Connor Bradford, who also got extensive first- and second-team reps – got so much time during the spring and summer.

* Not too much noticeable from the team’s first practice up at City College of San Francisco. Mike Johnson said after practice that the team needed a little extra conditioning before the bowl and would be running more tomorrow. A handful of dropped passes at one point had things looking pretty sloppy, but the offense improved later in practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Still drops? Oh yeah, iron-handed Embree is still on the team. Guess he and the others players didn’t need that extra practice. What a joke. Please Mora play the one who actually has the talent to play and not seniority.

  • Different Anonymous

    Anonymous .. why are posting here if you don’t even if know that Mora is not coaching team until AFTER the bowl game?

  • BE REAL

    The team needs extra conditioning?
    —- Just find some San Francisco wall and have the boys jump over it 100 times. That way, it will be fun and seem like old-times, yet the guys will then be ready to run down the Illini

  • Unconditional Sanctions Coming

    @ BE REAL

    That’s a great idea, but instead, send the team out to Alcatraz and tell them to scale to wall in the exercise yard. LOL

    GO BRUINS!!!!!
    deMORAlize ‘em!!!!!

  • Coach Thom

    Thanks for the report, Jon.

  • Wall of Voodoo

    Here’s the line-up. The trainer will kick. The kicker goes in for the linebacker. Little Joe Bruin will start on the OL. Josephine bear will play WR. Eight clap 1968 polyester guy at QB. That ought to do it.

  • Trudger164

    Dropped passes had practice looking sloppy… in other words, situation normal!

  • Coach Thom

    The receivers hurt their hands jumping over the wall. Give them a break!