Weekly Q&A — 8/25/13 Answers

Q: Do you think Jim Mora might still hold him Anthony Barr out — suit him up, but only use him if the game gets close?

A: I think Barr will start if he’s ready to play. That he already returned to practice today, albeit in shells, seems to indicate that he’s on track. If Mora was worried about having to ease Barr into game action, I doubt the linebacker would have started practicing already.

Q: I hate to even put this out there, but here goes: If Brett Hundley goes down, does Baby Neuheisel have the chops to carry this team? Or, does Jim Mora press Woulard into action and burn the redshirt year? Continue reading

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VIDEO: Left tackle Simon Goines talks knee injury

Two weeks ago, Simon Goines limped off the Cal State San Bernardino practice field, his UCLA teammates standing in silence. The left tackle’s right leg had taken an awkward roll, and he placed little pressure on it as he was helped toward the locker room.

“Initially, I was pretty scared,” he said.

Further examination showed that it was a hyperextended right knee — good news for a young unit that needs as many experienced members as possible. The sophomore participated in Monday’s practice for the first time since the injury, and head coach Jim Mora expects him to be ready to play against Nevada. Continue reading

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Linebacker Anthony Barr expected to play in season opener

For the first time in nearly a week, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr dressed in shoulder pads, cleats and a helmet for practice.

After suffering an undisclosed head injury during live drills last Tuesday, the Bruins’ All-American had been sidelined, appearing at practice only as an observer. Head coach Jim Mora did not talk in detail about Barr, but said he expects the star defender to play in Saturday’s 7 p.m. season opener against Nevada.

“He’s good to go,” Mora said.

The rest of what Mora called his first and last injury report of the season: Continue reading

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UCLA post-camp position recap

Jim Mora and the UCLA football team

After 10 grueling days of practice in San Bernardino, plus a few more days back on campus, UCLA has begun game prep for its season opener against Nevada. With less than a week to go until Aug. 31, here’s how each position group looks.

Offensive line: After struggling through 2012 with a patchworked line, the unit was a major target for UCLA on the recruiting trail. Position coach Adrian Klemm came through with a touted seven-man haul that ranked among the best in the nation.

Not everyone will perform right away. A few came into camp out of shape and are headed for redshirt years, while others still need time to adjust to the college level. Coupled with a few solid veterans, however, and UCLA should at least improve on a unit that allowed 52 sacks last season. Continue reading

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Game prep still puts head coach Jim Mora on edge

Jim Mora remembers the nerves he had as a first-year defensive coordinator.

In the middle of the 1999 season, he sat in the 49ers office on a Thursday night, the last major day of preparation before gameday. Sitting in the dark alone, he worried about how ill-prepared his San Francisco squad looked. What have I gotten myself into?

Three days later, the 49ers crushed the Atlanta Falcons 26-7, unleashing five sacks and allowing just 144 offensive yards.

Little has changed since those days, even if Mora has already weathered two decades of NFL coaching stress. Now in his second year at the college level, he looks toward UCLA’s season opener on Aug. 31 with similar anxiety.

“I want it to be here quickly and I wish it was another year away at the same time,” he said. “It’s never been anything other than that for me.” Continue reading

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Fabian Moreau earning praise as converted cornerback

Questions still abound in UCLA’s secondary, a unit that lost all four starters and returns few upperclassmen.

The group does have talent, however, and a starting lineup is nearly solidified: at safety, Anthony Jefferson and Randall Goforth, who have five combined career starts; at corner, Ishmael Adams, who played two games in 2012 before season-ending shoulder surgery.

The most unlikely of the quartet is sophomore Fabian Moreau.

The Florida native had played running back for most of his life. As a senior at Western High, near Ft. Lauderdale, he ran for 889 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tacking an additional seven touchdowns and 416 yards through the air, he was named All-County by both the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald. Continue reading

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Anthony Barr still sidelined

Linebacker Anthony Barr returned to practice Thursday afternoon, but did not participate two days after suffering an undisclosed head injury. The All-American wore a jersey, wearing shorts without full pads or cleats. He walked to the locker room midway through the session, returning to the field in less than an hour.

After colliding with a teammate Tuesday night, Barr was led to the sideline by a trainer. He vomited on the turf before being taken out of the facility. He was not present at UCLA’s Wednesday practice. Continue reading

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Quarterback T.J. Millweard transfers to Kansas

After securing his release to transfer from UCLA on Monday, quarterback T.J. Millweard has committed to play at Kansas under head coach Charlie Weis. The redshirt freshman will sit out a season due to NCAA rules and be eligible to play in 2014.

Millweard had said he wanted to enroll at a school in the South or Midwest. A graduate of All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth Texas, he also spent eight years of his childhood in Kansas City. His mother, Cynthia, is a Kansas alum.

JayhawkSlant.com first reported the news.

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