Bruins mum on Anthony Barr’s injury

Roughly 16 hours after he took a blow to the head, Anthony Barr walked back toward UCLA’s locker room.

Still recovering from an undisclosed injury, he swiped his entrance card and swung open the gray doors. A few dozen feet away, the Bruins’ Wednesday afternoon practice neared its end without him.

“He’s fine,” head coach Jim Mora said. “He’s doing great. He’s good.”

When asked if Barr — who vomited on Spaulding Field Tuesday night — had suffered a concussion, Mora stuck to the script: “He’s doing great.”

“That’s my standard answer. You can just keep asking, and I’ll just keep saying ‘He’s fine.’ … My job is to try and protect against our opponents getting information that can help them win. When it comes to who’s playing where and what strategic things we’re doing, it’s better I play it close to the vest.”

UCLA still has over a week until its Aug. 31 opener against Nevada, and another 14 days until it’s second game — a tough road trip to No. 18 Nebraska. Even if Barr continues to miss practices, he will likely have enough to recover and avoid missing significant game time.

Players could not provide any more information about the injury.

“I was just like, ‘Oh, I wonder how he’s doing’ and what really happened to him, because I don’t even know,” said freshman linebacker Isaako Savaiinaea. “We’ve seen him today, but he seemed good. Nothing wrong.”

MOCK-UP PREP

After two weeks of camp work, UCLA eased into game prep for the Wolf Pack’s visit to the Rose Bowl next Saturday. Mora said he didn’t want to overload the Bruins with scout-team work yet, lest the drills start becoming “stale.”

Also a concern will be any increased nerves for UCLA, especially given the number of freshmen that will contribute from the team’s top-five recruiting class.

To alleviate that, coaches will run the players through a mock game timeline on Saturday. They will line up for buses by the campus’ Bruin Walk, eat a pre-game meal at Pasadena’s Langham hotel, then travel to the stadium for simulated game situations.

“We’re going to try and create that on Saturday night, so that when we come out against Nevada, we’ll be a tad more relaxed and used to the environment,” Mora said. “There’ll still be a heightened sense of anxiety, certainly.”

O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN

UCLA announced its team captains Wednesday afternoon, a list consisting of three offensive players and three defensive.

There were the expected names: quarterback Brett Hundley, linebacker Anthony Barr, left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. The latter two were All-Americans last season; the first is a rising star who was selected captain as a redshirt freshman until Mora vetoed the vote.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks, last year’s conference tackles leader, and center Jake Brendel filled out two more spots. The most surprising inclusion was former JUCO transfer Ryan Hofmeister, a junior linebacker has started just two games at UCLA. Hofmeister took the majority of first-team reps in spring and fall camp while Kendricks was sidelined with an ankle injury.

“That’s six guys that are certainly real representatives of what we’re looking for,” Mora said.

A rotation of special teams players will also serve as the seventh captain each week. Last season, UCLA had six captains, two each from the offense, defense and special teams.

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  • Bruin 34

    No news is good news to me! Glad it wasn’t life threatening or career ending.

    • Brian

      Head injuries are serious…and,I hope your assumption that it wasn’t career ending is correct.

      • jabon

        Yeah, this has been on my mind for the last few days. I hope he is okay.

  • Joe Blow

    Just like Kiffin, not Carroll.

  • Mark

    Here’s some Pr 101 for Ucla & Mora. Being evasive and hiding information is the worst thing to do. The evasiveness becomes the story. It’s really lame to think future opponents are scouring the Ucla injury reports and devising a brilliant strategy to defeat us.

    • maze949

      Yeah, it’s not like it’s that coach’s JOB or anything.

    • Bigwoof1

      Lame is the perfect word for you to use, Mark. While I do not usually care to downgrade other’s intelligence, your remarks are as consistently lame or poorly thought out as any on this site, and they are interminable. Refraining from your often ridiculous comments on every topic would be very welcome to me, and I’m sure to others. As far as our other “brilliant” commenter Joe Blow is concerned, he clearly has an agenda and is very consistent in his total negativity (and is nowhere as clever as he thinks he is).

  • OCBrewin

    read the part about ‘protecting players’,
    no reason to publicize injury news, unless you are betting on the games…and no it is not like Kitten.

    • Joe Blow

      Mora is a chump.

      • OCBrewin

        pot meet kettle

        • Joe Blow

          chortle. When ucla football does something, wake me up.

          • drakejr

            How about knocking your quarterback down to the 4th round with a single hit? Barkely needed someone to help him get up too.

          • Joe Blow

            If that’s your goal, great. You ought to worry more about winning a national championship in football. 1954? Laughable. ucla football is a joke.

          • drakejr

            Sad troll is sad. Keep talking about the past, you clearly have no future. Let us know when your Trojans have picked a QB so we can look forward to breaking him too.

          • Joe Blow

            Poor Honey Boo Boo. You have no PAST! Dream On! Can’t wait for look on the faces of all you Kool Aid drinkers when you get beat this year. You’ll be luck to win 7 games. I think Nevada will beat you.

          • Trojan Hoarse

            This seems to be a relatively civil blog with the way fans seem to conduct themselves…..if you want to see trolls, jump over to the USC site……it’s an absolutely painful thing to witness…..I don’t know if this Charlie Bucket character is one of yours, but please take him away!….and this UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl clown is quickly wearing out his welcome……oh, well… it’s still a free country, I suppose…..right?

  • Bruin 34

    Future opponents wouldn’t game plan around Barr? Lame to think they wouldn’t. Especially against arguably the best defensive payer in college football.

  • Joe Blow

    Wonder how he’s doing?

    • maze949

      Who? Your hero OJ? Still in jail…go pay him a conjugal.

      • Joe Blow

        Learn how to spell. Hahahahaha.

      • Mike 70

        Is he in the same cell as Daryll Easley?

  • Bruin 34

    I would say Mora is a chump too if Kiffen was my coach! Lmao! For once in long tine we have the better coach in LA.

    • Joe Blow

      Not yet we don’t. 9-7 or whatever? Come on.

  • Bruin 34

    Lol. Bigwoof. They keep posting cause people keep responding to their comments.

    • Bigwoof1

      True,
      And usually I ignore them, but sometimes it just gets so far beyond belief I have to comment.
      And Joe Blow usually responds to criticism with a statement about as bad as “Yo Momma.”

      • Joe Blow

        Thank you Albert E. What a putz. You guys pop off and have NEVER done anything. When you win the NC, let me know. Until then STFU.

  • Mark

    If Ucla wants to be that serious, then close practice. Heck, close the whole campus. But if people are there and practice and see obvious and significant injuries occurr, or notice player absences, it’s quite silly to hide what’s going on. It seems like Jack is catching on that there won’t be any reliable comments from the team. But Ucla would be in a much better position if it came up with a stock line such as “it’s our policy to not comment on any player’s physical condition.” To flippantly say that Barr is doing “great,” when he’s clearly not, just reflects poorly on Mora and the team.

    • maze949

      You’ll take any attention you can get, huh? You must wake up and think: how can I more deftly TRY to embarrass my alma mater, El Camino CC?