Several UCLA beat writers joined head coach Jim Mora for an informal lunch today, and he had some interesting things to say about the lead-up to spring ball.
* The quarterback competition is wide-open, but Mora said that Kevin Prince will get the first reps in spring ball.
* Richard Brehaut will participate fully in spring ball and is in fact leaving the baseball program during that time period to be with the football team.
* T.J. Millweard will be one of the early enrollees who will join the team for spring ball, so he should figure heavily into the quarterback competition. Devin Fuller will arrive in the fall.
* DB Marcus Rios and JC OL Alexandru Ceachir will also arrive for spring practice.
* Mora said he was nervous about the dept at safety in particular, as Dalton Hilliard has moved to offense and as Alex Mascarenas will be without contact during spring. He confirmed that Dietrich Riley will miss spring ball.
* Mora said he actually tried on the team’s game-day socks today to get a feel for them, and when asked if that was a sign of things to come regarding his attitude as head coach, he said he just is very detail-oriented. Players have complained about the quality and availability of socks and shoes for a while now.