» UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley talked about the offense’s progress so far into training camp. Active in the National College Players Association, the junior also commented on the recent ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAA — one that could dramatically change college athletics (2:30 mark in the video above).
Although the NCAA intends to appeal, judge Claudia Wilken ruled that student-athletes could be paid up to $5,000 per year.
“It’s nice to have the athletes coming after me to be able to live a little more comfortably than we all did,” Hundley said.
» Crossing the halfway point of training camp in San Bernardino, tensions between the Bruins rose a bit on Monday morning.
Head coach Jim Mora tossed Myles Jack from practice after the star linebacker got in a scuffle with right tackle Caleb Benenoch. Receiver Logan Sweet and freshman defensive back Denzel Fisher also had to be pulled apart by teammates a few minutes later.
» After enrolling early and playing well in spring camp, true freshman lineman NaJee Toran might find himself starting UCLA’s season opener. Toran got the lion’s share of snaps at right guard on Monday morning, while sophomore
The Houston-area native has good size at 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, and plays with a mean streak that has impressed offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
Sophomore Scott Quessenberry is also in the mix to start at guard, but played mostly as the backup center on Monday.
» Defensive back Ishmael Adams collected 350 kick return yards in UCLA’s last three games in 2013, and again looks like a promising option on special teams. Other players working at kick/punt return included safety Randall Goforth, receivers Devin Fuller and Ahmaad Harris, and running backs Steve Manfro and Roosevelt Davis.
» Sophomore linebacker Jayon Brown said he now stands at 6-foot, 230 pounds. That’s roughly 35 pounds heavier than when he arrived at UCLA last summer.
It’s an impressive transformation for the former three-star prospect, who went from briefly being moved to safety to looking like a legitimate option at inside linebacker.
» Running backs Craig Lee and Nathan Starks both suffered from flu-like symptoms on Monday, with the latter missing the morning practice entirely. Cornerback Priest Willis also left practice briefly with what looked like dehydration.
Freshman receiver Alex Van Dyke tweaked his upper leg early and spent most of the session on a bike.