UCLA defensive back and returner Ishmael Adams injured his ankle in Saturday’s 38-20 win against USC, and remained limited during Monday’s practice.
However, head coach Jim Mora sounded optimistic about Adams’ chances to return against Stanford this Friday to help the Bruins clinch the Pac-12 South. The 5-foot-8 corner has returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season, as well as 100-yard kick return score. He also has 33 tackles and four pass breakups.
“He came out and he moved around,” Mora said. “I didn’t see much of a limp. He worked with (strength coach Sal) Alosi, mostly. I feel really good about where he’s at. And he feels really good about where he’s at. … For him to be out there doing what he was doing, I think that’s a really good sign for us.”
Cornerback Priest Willis suffered “head trauma” and is still waiting to be cleared. If either he or Adams can’t play on Friday, Marcus Rios will likely move into the starting lineup.
UCLA could also drop linebacker Myles Jack into coverage. The sophomore also played some nickel and safety against USC, matching up with star receiver Nelson Agholor on certain plays.