Fall Camp Day 13 … Back in Westwood

*Yes, I’m back!

**It’s the first day back in Westwood and the weather conditions here are noticably better. We had a nice breeze through most of the two and a half hour practice. So glad to be back in civilization.

***The big news out of camp today was the absence of S Dalton Hilliard. UCLA coach Jim Mora said he went home because of a family emergency. No further details were given and no word on when he’ll be back.

****The offensive line got another boost today with the return of Simon Goines and Alexandru Ceachir. Goines saw some time at right tackle on the second unit and looked much better than on his first day back a few days ago in San Bernardino where he could barely keep his balance during stretching drills. He’s an imposing presence, so his return and progress will be a big help to the line. Ceachir looked solid at right guard, too. He played next to Goines with the second unit. Greg Capella, Jeff Baca and Alberto Cid were at camp but did not practice, but it was nice to see them on the field.

*****OLB Jordan Zumwalt continues to be in beast mode. He plowed past pass-blockers and was constantly wreaking havoc in the backfield. He also saw some time at inside linebacker. True freshman Aaron Porter had some reps at inside linebacker with the first unit. Newly-converted cornerback Fabian Moreau had a good showing donning the white jersey. He recorded a Pick 6 off Richard Brehaut. Randall Goforth saw some time at safety and even broke up a pass. QB Brett Hundley threw an interception in 11-on-11 drills. True freshman Marcus Rios recorded the INT. QB Jerry Neuheisel wasn’t nowhere near as shar as he’d been back in San Bernardino. He threw one too many wobbly passes and severl were underthrown. Neuheisel, however, did make a solid swing pass to Steven Manfro, who made some nice cuts down the sideline and past the secondary. His speed continues to show, and it’s that consistency the Bruins as a whole have lacked in some time. K Ka’imi Faibairn went 3 for 5 on field goal attempts. He didn’t show to have as much distance or accuracy as in San Bernardino. Not sure on the distance since the media was kept from the sideline and restricted to the end zone. Also, no players were made available for interviews as they were rushed to attend the “Meet the Bruins” event at Drake Stadium.

******Former Bruin Nick Ekbatani made an apperance at practice and was greeted with a round of applause from fans sitting in the end zone.

Sunday’s schedule is a two-a-day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and then again at 7 p.m.

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  • Anonymous

    Ive really enjoyed your coverage on fall camp but I wanted to get your opinion on Brett Hundley. It seems like every time I read your post he’s thrown at least 1 pick. Do you think he gives us the best chance to win or is our first team defense that good..

  • Dave

    Great to have you back Miguel. Thanks for the update!

  • Nacho El Taquero

    From Dalton Hilliard’s Twitter:

    I can’t believe this! I missed one practice because of some issues with my grandma in san diego! Calm down! #onceabruinalwaysabruin

  • INSANITY

    Really? it’s your GRANDMA. Without her you wouldn’t be here.

  • CC

    INSANITY, you completely misread his tweet. He’s not pissed at his Grandma for making him miss practice. He’s expressing his exasperation that people are making a big deal out of the fact that he missed practice, and reading more into it than his simple explanation that he was tending to his grandma…

  • Semi-Pro

    Anon 5:26 – QB’s throw picks every practice, even the good ones. Our defense has been lining up against this offense for weeks now. They know the plays and the routes.

  • Marc

    Miguel,

    How concerned should we all be by Brett Hundley’s propensity to throw interceptions?

    Would you say it is a mechanics issue (ie: throwing off back foot) or mental (ie: misreads)?

    The first game of the season is less than two weeks away and is on the road. I don’t know if Rice still employs the style of defense they used to, but when UCLA played them 3-4 years ago they played some weird 3-3-5 defense, if I remember correctly.

    Thanks

  • INSANITY

    Well THAT makes perfect sense CC :)