Morning Report: Patrick Larimore topic of discussion

*Obviously the big news out of morning practice was reaction to LB Patrick Larimore medically retiring. We’ll have video interviews with UCLA coach Jim Mora, linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich, and linebackers Jordan Zumwalt and Eric Hendricks.

**The team was in jerseys and helmets, no pads. Practice lasted about two hours and mostly had walk-throughs. The receivers practiced fade routes in group acitivity before the team convened for 11-on-11 drills and 7-on-7s.

**Zumwalt and LB Damien Holmes switched inside and outside, but it’s looking like Holmes could see significant time inside, and how impressive is that. You talk about versatility and that’s Holmes all the way. You remember he started as a defensive end, swithced to outside linebacker and is now inside. Just impressive. The loss of Larimore now means accelerating the development of new guys, like Aaron Porter who has been impressive in camp showing good insticts. Todd Golper, officially listed behind Larimore in the post-spring depth chart, had a good showing today with a Pick 6 off QB Brett Hundley. Safety Taylor Lagace, who like Golper hailed out of Arcadia HS, also had an interception, this one off Richard Brehaut.

***RBs Steven Manfro and Johnathan Franklin had some very nice runs. Franklin zig-zagged his way through the teeth of the defense and went untouched into the secondary making some very impressive moves. Manfro, the start at spring camp, showed again why he garnered so much attention with his blistering speed. The kid has some sick acceleration. On one particular run, Manfro quickly caught up to his blockers and ran into Shaq Evans.

****They keep running reverse plays for Shaq Evans, and though the wide receiver has some speed it’s not until hitting full stride that he takes off. I would think a Damien Thigpen or Manfro are better suited for that play because you have bursting speed.

*****OL Tre Hale left practice early. I feel bad for the kid and you pull for a kid like Hale who day in and day out is showing how bad he wants to stay on the field and help the depleted offensive line.

******The afternoon practice is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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  • BiII

    Someone will step up for Larimore. One is always preparing an understudy to take his place. It is a common business trait and football trait.

    Bill

  • Anonymous

    Miguel,

    The reports from practice have been great; however, I have a question for you to put these reports in proper preseason perspective. For the most part your reports of the on-field performances have been positive, espcialy when you talk about the RB’s and plays by the recievers. You have also talked about some defensive highlights. What are some of the negative performance factors you are seeing? I know this can be difficult to determine since it is offense vs defense. It isn’t always easy to tell if a player made a good play or if the player on the other side of the ball made a bad play. Anyway, I would be interested in hearing where the Bruins have some issues (other than the OL, that seems to be obvious to all).

  • MG

    Obviously a very emotional time for the team. Great coverage, Miguel.

  • Anonymous

    Any update on Jeremy Castro?

  • UB – Ultimate Bruin

    Best wishes to PL. Take care of yourself. Your health is more important than football. Wiched we could have seen you play your senior season! Now, it is time to adapt and overcome. He’s gone. Adjust and move on. NO MORA EXCUSES! The UCLA Football program has had one sorry excuse after another to rationalize its poor product for the past decade or so — off and on. It is time to lay aside all blame/excuses and rationalizations. It is time to GET THE JOB DONE. Players get injured. We sympathize with their loss of the ability to play the game, but I don’t want to get mired in the ‘woe-is-us’ BS when a player goes down. Some other athelete — getting a free ride and class A education — needs to step it up. After all, isn;t that their goal? To seize the opportunity to demonstrate their athletic ability on the field of play? So, then, DO IT! So far, I have not heard Mora issue any excuses for anything. I hope he never does. Out motto (the UBTA) for 2012 is “NO MORA EXCUSES” We even have it emblazened on the back of our 2012 FB tailgate T-Shirts.

  • UB – Ultimate Bruin

    Bad typo — meant “Wish” Don’t know where that one came from! LOL

  • bibs

    Your work has really been good. Having a problem opening the videos,any suggestions?

  • Miguel Melendez

    Bibs: Thanks for the compliments … As for the videos, I’m not sure why you’d have trouble watching the videos. They’re standard youtube-embed videos. Maybe reload the page or go to youtube and look for my videos under “melendezsports” search. Let me know if that works for you.

  • Sec21R14S110

    Question – if jersey #42 is up for grabs now, will it go to Aaron Porter fellow linebacker who wore that number in high school?

  • Semi-Pro

    I think it would be bad form for anyone to take Larimore’s jersey this season…

    Wait a year, at least.

  • Playedatthenextlevel

    Out of respect for Larimore, I think they should at least wait a year.

  • Wicks/Rowe

    A couple concussions and Larimore quits on his team? Are you kiddin me? Most linebackers get concussions occasionally!
    No need for anymore soft players. SC spanked us 50-0! That alone is reason to come back for revenge Larimore!!

  • Sec21R14S110

    Wait a year??? Who u kidding, you guys are all acting like he died in some unfortunate accident or something. He voluntarily chose to quit the game of football, it’s harsh but the reality is the team will go on.

    I say give it to the kid Porter, stud linebacker out of La Habra and get out of his way…kid is gonna be a beast!

  • Playedatthenextlevel

    Hey Wicks/Rowe, did you bang your head up against the wall a few times?? Look at Junior Seau, Ray Easterling and Dave Duerson. Concussions are a serious thing. Would YOU really put the possibilty of having YOUR life changed forever over playing for a team??? Think about it. Do some research before you make such idiotic statements. Having played at the next level, I can tell you linebackers don’t hit their heads occasionally, it is a daily occurance on the field. It goes with the position and playing at this level and the next.

  • Anonymous

    Wicks/Rowe, I have to agree with playedathenextlevel,
    concussions are a serious thing. Working in the medical field myself and knowing what we know today about the repercussions of concussions, they are not something you want to take a hit for the team for. Not worth it, dude. Larry did the right thing.