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 →
Defensive end Owamagbe Odighiuzwa shined in UCLA’s spring game, looking nothing like a player who missed an entire season due to multiple hip surgeries. Heading into his senior season, the former five-star recruit talked about his progress.
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 multiplereports. 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.
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 →
– 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 →
UPDATE: With a 7-4 loss on Saturday, UCLA suffered a sweep to USC for the first time since 2005.
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.