UCLA announces plans for $50 million football facility

Spaulding West football facility map

UCLA officially announced today its plan to construct a new football facility west of Spaulding Field. Projected to cost $50 million, the project will provide new locker rooms, training areas, offices, and meeting, video and equipment rooms.

The project would help put the Bruins on pace with many other programs in the Pac-12 and across the country. UCLA will launch a fundraising campaign to cover the costs.

“There is so much history here and so many incredible players and moments to celebrate,” head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “I love the challenge to get after this, and I know our donors will step up. … We talk about family within our program, and now, we need the entire UCLA family to join us on this endeavor.”

The football team’s current training areas in the Acosta Athletic Training Center may be converted for use by multiple sports. Changes could be made to the strength and conditioning area, tutoring space and dining hall. Continue reading

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Freshman OL Christian Morris to transfer out

Four-star offensive tackle Christian Morris announced his decision to transfer this afternoon. Rated No. 10 at his position by Rivals.com, Morris arrived at UCLA this summer noticeably out of shape. Even after a likely redshirt season, the 6-foot-6 freshman would have faced an uphill battle to earn playing time.

Morris is a Memphis native who picked UCLA over Ole Miss on Signing Day as the third-best recruit in Tennessee.

He told Rivals.com that he felt homesick and wants to be closer to his ill grandmother; he has talked to the Rebels’ compliance department about his options and will apply for a hardship waiver to retain this season of eligibility.

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Pac-12 Power Rankings — 9/23/13

1. Oregon (3-0) — The Ducks are second in the country in scoring offense and fifth in scoring defense. No other Pac-12 team ranks top-10 in both, and only Arizona (15th and third) is in the top 30.

2. Stanford (3-0, 1-0) — The Cardinal rolled over Arizona State, running up a 39-7 lead after three quarters. A year in minor-league baseball hasn’t affected tailback Tyler Gaffney, who has shined immediately in his return to The Farm with five rushing touchdowns, good for third in the Pac-12.

3. UCLA (3-0) — Jordon James is fourth in the country with 141.3 rushing yards per game, a total that even surprised head coach Jim Mora. UCLA has established one of the most potent offenses in college football; now it needs to handle business against Utah and Cal to preserve a likely matchup of undefeated teams at Stanford. Continue reading

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Myles Jack, Anthony Barr crush New Mexico St. quarterbacks

I have no idea how Myles Jack ended Saturday’s game with just one credited tackle, but New Mexico State’s quarterbacks sure felt his presence during their 59-13 loss to UCLA. The freshman linebacker obliterated King Davis III on a third-and-5 in the second quarter, shortly before the latter’s pass turned into an interception for Ishmael Adams.

Less than 10 seconds later, Jack knocked Davis down again. Continue reading

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Bruins stay at No. 13 in AP poll

Today’s edition of the Associated Press poll showed little movement, with the top 14 teams staying put after an unexciting slate of games. UCLA remained at No. 13 after blowing out New Mexico State 59-13. The Pac-12 now has four ranked teams, with Arizona State dropping out after losing to Stanford, 42-28.

The full AP poll below, with Pac-12 teams bolded: Continue reading

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Devin Fuller


Receiver Devin Fuller led the team with 48 yards and a touchdown, but could have topped 100 with three scores if quarterback Brett Hundley had hit him on a couple of open routes.

“We missed a deep one today,” Fuller said. “I normally will run under those in practice, but today he had a little umph on it. We’ve just gotta hit those in practice a little bit more and hopefully they’ll come in the game.”

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Randall Goforth


Safety Randall Goforth’s six solo tackles tied a career high, matching his output against Nebraska in 2012 in his second game as a true freshman. The sophomore also tacked on a pair of pass breakups and a forced fumble against New Mexico State.

Asked if he thought it was his best game as Bruin, Goforth said: “I don’t know, really. I just go out there and do my job. We schemed for them pretty well this week, so my job was to just go out there and play fast.”

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Anthony Barr


New Mexico State quarterback King Davis III didn’t throw a single pass on his team’s first drive. Yet, the Aggies easily got three first downs, with tailback Brandon Betancourt running for four, six, five, eight, and seven yards, and Davis adding another seven.

“I think we were playing a little too aggressive,” UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr said. “We had a pretty good idea what they were going to. We recognized the formation and what the play-call was going to be, and we tried to jump the gun a little bit.”

The Bruins stuffed the drive soon after that, forcing punt to the 14-yard line. The Aggies finished with 21 first downs, far behind UCLA’s school-record 39.

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Steve Manfro


The first time he touched the ball on Saturday, Steve Manfro ripped off a 70-yard kickoff return — the team’s longest in nearly two years. On his first three plays from scrimmage, the sophomore totaled 53 offensive yards, bumping UCLA’s lead to 21-0 with a 20-yard touchdown catch and a 12-yard scoring run.

“Whatever I can do to help benefit the team, whether that’s on special teams, offense or whatever,” Manfro said. “I’m just trying to help the team and do whatever I can.”

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