Post-practice update

* UCLA’s Tuesday practice didn’t seem to have the tempo or intensity of the past couple weeks, but that appeared to be by design. A lot of instruction and coaching going on with a lot of team drills, and the coaches seemed to be relatively pleased with the results.

* Mora said the team is scrimmaging on Saturday.

* With Jake Brendel and Tre Hale struggling with the snaps, Jeff Baca got more time at center on Tuesday. Baca is such a steady presence at this point that Adrian Klemm already knows he can be a temporary fix without setting anything back. Of course, Greg Capella’s return is paramount, but Klemm also really lauded incoming freshman Carl Hulick.

* Torian White saw a lot of time at right tackle with the ones and looked pretty good doing it. He is not ready physically, but he has a ton of potential. If he is ready to contribute by fall, that’s a big coup for Adrian Klemm.

* Good overall performance by the running back crew on Tuesday, particularly on a three-play stretch during team drills featuring live tackling. On three consecutive plays, Jordon James, Steven Manfro and Dalton Hilliard had nice touchdown runs, either trucking or juking defenders.

* Nothing particularly significant on the quarterback front. Still too close to call, and the reps reflect that. Saturday’s scrimmage will be a good indication of the next couple weeks.

* Linebacker Eric Kendricks is having a nice spring and had a big interception during drills. His continuing progress in coverage is going to pay big dividends.

* Bumps and Bruises:
Senior wide receiver Jerry Johnson (quad) and junior Damien Thigpen joined an ever-growing cast of injured players, which numbers over 20. … Junior cornerback Brandon Sermons practiced on Tuesday with his hand wrapped in a cast. … Senior cornerback Aaron Hester practiced in a red jersey after suffering concussion-like symptoms.

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  • Coach Thom

    Jerry Johnson. Great potential but seems to be injury-prone. What a shame for him and the squad.

  • ty true BRUIN


  • KolbAte10Eggs

    Thanks for the update, Jon. I know injuries have muddled the picture, but any predictions with the O-line two deep? Is Alexandru The Bear looking like the answer at tackle? Or when you speak of Torian White, might we expect him to physically develop sufficiently by fall camp?

    Go Bruins!

  • The Blur

    Okay, if the QB competition is that close, the obvious choice is to play Hundley.