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.” Continue reading

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Linebacker Anthony Barr leaves practice with apparent head injury

Linebacker Anthony Barr left midway through UCLA’s Tuesday night practice with what appeared to be a head injury.

After a collision during 11-on-11 drills, the All-American walked to the sideline and removed his helmet as trainers tended to him. Barr lay on the ground and rubbed his temples before later vomiting onto Spaulding Field. Nausea or vomiting are among the symptoms of a concussion. He was not treated on the field for any leg or other bodily injuries.

Trainers and coaches then led the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior to the back corner of the practice area before eventually sending him out of the facility. Head coach Jim Mora declined to comment. Continue reading

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Linebacker Eric Kendricks returns to first full practice since spring

After sitting out most of spring and fall camp, UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks returned to 11-on-11 drills Tuesday morning, the most field action he’s seen in nearly four months.

Last year’s Pac-12 leader with 150 tackles, the 6-foot, 228-pound junior said he underwent ankle surgery four weeks ago. The procedure was optional, but he said he didn’t opt for it because of worsening pain. He just wanted to be fully ready for the season.

“It feels great to be back,” Kendricks said. “To be honest with you, I’ve just been taking it easy. I’ve been in the training room. I got a lot of treatment in San Bernardino.”

He said Tuesday that he had been instructed not to disclose the exact nature of the injury.

“It was just a little bit nagging,” he said. “It was annoying. It just wasn’t normal. I know how my body feels when it’s normal, and it was just a little bit off.” Continue reading

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Quarterback T.J. Millweard granted release to transfer

Redshirt freshman T.J. Millweard has asked for and been granted his release to transfer out of UCLA, and intends to find a school closer to his home in the Dallas area.

The former three-star recruit looked like the best option to back up star quarterback Brett Hundley after spring and fall camp, though the separation in talent was steep. His departure leaves Jerry Neuheisel and Mike Fafaul as the most likely competitors at the No. 2 spot.

Millweard had discussed doubts about his future as a Bruin with head coach Jim Mora after spring camp, but was encouraged to stay. After staying through fall camp in San Bernardino to be certain of his decision, he met with Mora Monday morning and asked for his release.

“It just wasn’t the fit I was looking for,” Millweard said. “I’m a Southern boy. I like my chips and queso. I like wearing my boots.” Continue reading

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Receiver Devin Fuller ready to break out for Bruins

SAN BERNARDINO — The receiver knows he has space. His strides are smooth and his instincts are sound. It’s practice, after all, and he only has one defender on him. This isn’t hard.

But as the ball drops down toward him, his eyes drift just a little. When it hits his fingers, he can’t hold on.

Devin Fuller may be UCLA’s most talented receiver. By his own admittance, he still has room to grow.

“I know I have good hands,” the sophomore said. “I have good hands. But I relax on the ball a lot. I think I can catch it in easy, make it look pretty.

“But I make the hard ones. That’s the thing with me. … When we get in team periods, I rarely drop anything.” Continue reading

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Linebacker Jeremy Castro transfers to Hawaii

Jeremy Castro’s bumpy path toward UCLA is officially over. The former four-star recruit from Murrieta, Calif., has transferred to Hawaii, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Jim Mora said earlier this week that Castro had not been cleared by UCLA. The Bruins’ head coach added that he was not allowed to divulge any details. The 6-2, 240-pound freshman was part of the 2012 recruiting class, but grayshirted due to academic struggles and enrolled in January.

Practicing with the Bruins this past spring, Castro made very few gains in the depth chart. Led by All-American Anthony Barr, UCLA linebackers form the team’s deepest and arguably most talented unit.

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