UCLA to be featured on second season of Pac-12 Network’s ‘The Drive’

The UCLA football team will be featured on the second season of “The Drive,” the Pac-12 Networks announced today at L.A. Live.

Cameras will follow the Bruins through the 2014 season in the behind-the-scenes documentary series that will debut on September — similar to HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Arizona State and Cal were filmed in the series debut last fall.

Asked last week about the possibility of UCLA being featured on the show, head coach Jim Mora didn’t sound enthused — though he said Monday that the Pac-12 assuaged many of his concerns, and gave him complete editorial control over the content. Continue reading

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Four-star receiver L.J. Reed commits to UCLA

For the second year in a row, UCLA has landed a receiver from Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks.

Four-star wideout L.J. Reed committed to the Bruins, according to multiple reports. He follows the footsteps of former high school teammate Alex Van Dyke, who signed with UCLA this February as a top-40 prospect at his position.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Reed is the seventh commitment in UCLA’s 2015 class and the first true wideout. Four-star athlete Jaason Lewis is listed as a receiver by Scout.com, but at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, would likely be used inside.

UCLA cornerback Marcus Rio also played at Cosumnes Oaks.

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UCLA’s Jordan Adams changes decision, declares for NBA draft

Nine days after announcing his decision to stay at UCLA, leading scorer Jordan Adams will declare for the NBA draft.

A UCLA spokesperson confirmed the news late Saturday night. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski first broke the story.

Adams’ departure robs the Bruins of their top returning player, one that averaged 17.4 points and set a school-record 95 steals. After reaching the Sweet Sixteen in the first year under head coach Steve Alford, and for the first time since 2008, UCLA will return a roster that looks almost entirely different. Continue reading

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Spring notes: Owamagbe Odighizuwa looks dominant in UCLA spring game


– After a season spent rehabbing from multiple hip surgeries, Owamagbe Odighizuwa looks like the dominant force everyone expected him to be as a five-star recruit.

The rising senior was unofficially credited with two sacks in UCLA’s spring game, but appeared to have at least five by the press box consensus– as well as several near-misses. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound end moved to the right side of the defensive line as an edge rusher — a spot usually filled by linebacker Kenny Orjioke, who was absent — and had little trouble blowing past left tackle Caleb Benenoch.

He also dropped back into pass coverage one a few plays, something that defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said he’s experimenting with. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich talks about ‘losing’ UCLA spring game


Coaching UCLA’s white team in Saturday’s spring game, Jeff Ulbrich ended up on the wrong side of a 28-0 blowout.

Asked how he felt, he said afterward: “Bitter. Miserable. I hate losing ping pong. I hate when a guy pisses longer than I do. I don’t like to lose.”

Ulbrich also talked about the performances of defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa, as well as linebackers Myles Jack and Deon Hollins.

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Unofficial stats from UCLA spring game

Here are the unofficial stats from UCLA’s spring game, provided by the school’s sports information department.

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Final Score: Blue 28, White 0

Scoring Plays
0:41 (First Quarter) – Paul Perkins 2-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbairn kick) – BLUE, 7-0
4:14 (Second Quarter) – Jordon James 1-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbairn kick) – BLUE, 14-0
3:40 (Third Quarter) – Jordon James 3-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbairn kick) – BLUE, 21-0
2:35 (Fourth Quarter) – Steven Manfro 3-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbarin kick) – BLUE, 28-0 Continue reading

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UCLA loses three-game series to USC for the first time since 2008

UPDATE: With a 7-4 loss on Saturday, UCLA suffered a sweep to USC for the first time since 2005.

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With two losses to open the weekend, UCLA baseball has dropped a three-game series to USC for the first time since 2008.

The Bruins lost 3-2 on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium, falling to 22-18 on the season and 9-8 in Pac-12 play. They had dropped a 10-0 decision to the Trojans on Thursday, a game that ended a nine-game streak over their crosstown rivals

Riddled by injuries as well as significant losses to the MLB, UCLA looks like an unlikely bet to defend its first-ever national title. Without starting pitchers Adam Plutko and Nick Vander Tuig, the team’s ERA has risen from 2.55 to 3.01 entering this series.

It is also now 7-8 in one-run games after going 17-2 during the 2013 championship run.

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