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*UCLA held a pseudo scrimmage tonight. No live tackling. They call it “thud-ing”. Brandon Sermons, Keenan Graham and Aaron Hester were out sick.
**The offensive line experimented with a new look. Xavier Su’a-Filo switched from left tackle to left guard. Torian White was at left tackle. Simon Goines played right tackle and Brett Downey manned right guard. Jake Brendel was the only constant at center. UCLA coach Jim Mora said it’s more of an experiment than anything while they continue to wait for word on Greg Capella (concussion), Jeff Baca (concussion), and Alberto Cid’s (concussion) return. Mora said Capella could come back for Wednesday’s practice, adding that Cid is the farthest along. If you’re wondering about the second unit here’s what it looked like: Will Oliver (left tackle), Carl Hulick (left guard), Kody Innes (center), Alexander Ceachir (right guard), Ben Wysocki (right tackle).
***The second unit struggled offensively. Richard Brehaut’s first four pass attempts went incomplete and there also was a muffed snap in that first series. QB Brett Hundley went 4 for 5 on his first series that included a couple handoffs to Jordan James. James in that series made a nice sideline-to-sideline run to make something out of nothing. Hundley showed off his speed in open space.
****Dalton Hilliard continues to play inside, though Mora says he’s still a safety. Hilliard considers himself a linebacker and seems to embrace his new role as a guy playing close to the line. He laid out Jordon James and Johnathan Franklin at the line of scrimmage for two huge plays. Randall Goforth continues to impress. He stepped in front of Roosevelt Davis on a Kevin Prince throw and raced down the sideline for a long gain. Cassius Marsh wreaked havoc penetrating with ease. Jordan Payton made a nice grab tip-toeing down the sideline for a nice gain.
*****Walk-on Erick Zumwalt got the defense riled up when he intercepted Brett Hundley in the end zone on a pass intended for Darius Bell. That Devin Lucien caught a touchdown pass from Hundley on the next play is a long forgotten footnote.
******Wednesday’s practice is close to the public.