*UCLA practiced a half hour earlier today and got done around 12ish. They practiced for about 20 minutes on PATs on the heels of three blocked extra points Thursday against Rice. UCLA coach Jim Mora confirmed there has been personnel moves on the line, but mostly he was looking for footwork and technique. “We worked a lot on technique, foot placement and pad level,” Mora said. “Those were the problems on Thursday night. We had a elongated steps and our pad levels (were) too high, and we weren’t getting punch. You can’t take anything for granted. We gotta get that fixed yesterday.”
A new group got in the mix up front. “We did mix up the personnel in there, absolutely (with) little bit more experience going forward; guys who have done it, a little more stout,” Mora said. “You try to get guys in there that you think maybe have’t done it before and bad things happen, lesson learned. You have to really work on it hard because if that fire gets out of control it’s hard to stop.”
**LB Jordan Zumwalt (tightness) and LB Anthony Barr (tightness) did not take part in practice, but it was more precautionary than anything else.
***UCLA welcomed five new walk-ons, as Mora addresses in the video above. Among them is Mitch Johnson, who hails from Bellevue, Washington. He’s a freshman.
*****Former Bruin kicker Kai Forbath was at UCLA working out. He spent 20 minutes after practice launching kicks with distance and power. It’s almost a wonder how he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a few days ago.
*****Freshman Torian White, Simon Goines and Jake Brendel played their first game in college last week. What they lack in experience they more than make up for with talent and upside. The amount of reps and the pace with which Mora ran practice helped the unit. Brendel, the center, added that Mora’s ability to simulate practice to game experience really helped him. It’s why it didn’t take longer than a rep to get Brendel going. More on the OL in Tuesday’s paper.