– Running back Jordon James (ankle) and left tackle Simon Goines (knee) likely won’t play on Saturday at Arizona. Reserve running back Steve Manfro (ankle) is also not yet healthy enough to return.
Backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel had surgery on his right thumb, and has had his hand wrapped all week. He will still be able to hold kicks, but not pass. Walk-on Mike Fafaul will likely sub in if Brett Hundley gets injured.
– Using three true freshmen on the offensive line isn’t ideal, but obviously bodes well for the long-term future of that unit.
“We’re building tremendous depth at that position, which is a position we need to have depth at,” Mora said. “The cupboard was pretty bare when we got here.”
– CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman ranked linebacker Anthony Barr as the scariest player in the country, above Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Told of the placement, Mora quipped: “Scary because he’s ugly, or scary because he’s a good player?”
– Defensive end Ellis McCarthy has been playing the best football of his UCLA career over the past few weeks. He said recently, though, that he’s still trying to shed around 20 pounds eventually.
Mora didn’t seem as confident, laughing a bit when told of McCarthy’s goal of 290 pounds. The coach added that the sophomore usually tests right where he needs to in body composition, and may just be “big-boned.”