UCLA spring football starts on March 31

Brett Hundley (17) leads UCLA in a spring practice on April 3, 2014. With the quarterback now off the the NFL, the Bruins will spend this spring trying to find his successor. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

Brett Hundley leads UCLA in a spring practice on April 3, 2014. With the quarterback now off the the NFL, the Bruins will spend this spring trying to find his successor. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

The search for UCLA’s new starting quarterback will begin in a little over a month.

The Bruins announced their spring practice schedule today, with 14 practices that will start on March 31. The main event, of course, will be the competition to replace three-year starter Brett Hundley behind center. Five-star recruit Josh Rosen is the presumptive favorite after enrolling in January, but backup Jerry Neuheisel and redshirt sophomore Asiantii Woulard will make their bids as well.

Every session will begin in the morning, except for three Monday practices that start at 4:30 p.m. (April 6, 13 and 20). Since seats at Spaulding Field were removed last year, the observation areas will be standing-room only.

The spring game will be held at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Here’s the full schedule:

Tuesday, March 31 – 7:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 2 – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 4 – 9:30 a.m.
Monday, April 6 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8 – 7:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 9 – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 11 – 9:30 a.m.
Monday, April 13 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15 – 7:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 16 – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 18 – 9:30 a.m.
Monday, April 20 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22 – 7:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 23 – 7:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 25 – 10:00 a.m., Spring Game at the Rose Bowl

  • gotroy22

    Mora should pick that volleyball player, he killed us the other day. Good athlete!

    • inhonorofpooh

      what I enjoy is that ucla killed you in every men’s sport ha ha ha.

  • VB

    Why in the world would they schedule the Spring Game at 10:00am? Lame.

    • MPPBruin

      At least you’ll be able to beat traffic.

      • 8 Krap

        And get home while it’s still daylight……..or maybe have a late lunch/early dinner in Old Pasadena…….

    • jameskatt

      Since these are practice games, starting them early gives the coaches time to teach and review film with the players after the game and work with the players while there is still daylight.

  • http://johnwolcottlaw.com john wolcott

    Gaaad, more football!

    The college season ended only 2 months ago, and now they are discussing practice in about one more month. These kids need a rest. Even the pros give their guys 6-months off.

    • jameskatt

      These kids need lots of teaching, training, and practice to be ready for the start of the season. These are raw players just out of high school. They are kids not seasoned pros. They need as much time on the field as they can.

      • MPPBruin

        and in the classrooms.

    • stephen

      Yes but the NFL plays 16 regular season games and 4 preseason games not to mention playoffs and there winter camp .. So its pretty hard either way.. But yes they are student athletes and its hard

  • fromela

    10am spring game that’s the earliest it has ever been,

    • jameskatt

      That’s a good sign. In past years, the program was lazy and undisciplined. Now the players have to be ready from the time they wake up till the end of the day.

  • Laker Rod

    Does anybody recall how in the past UCLA would always be short of linemen in the spring. Lately it’s been more of the offensive line. I remember some years under Dorrell and Neuheisel that some times we would only have like 6 or 7 offensive linemen available. Some how and some way something would always go wrong. It happened under Mora’s first year also I believe Spring 2012 and also 2013.

    2014 wasn’t that bad but we still ended up starting a true freshman in Game 1 with Najee Toran.

    Seriously, I believe since 1999, UCLA has start at least one freshman for at least one game almost every single year up to 2014. That’s almost 15 years in a row!

    1999 – Bryce Bohlander, Mike Saffer, Blake Worley
    2000 – Viera? Lehman?
    2001 – Eyoseff Efseaff
    2002 – Mike McCloskey
    2003 – Kevin Brown, Robert Chai
    2004 – Brian Abraham, Shannon Tevaga, Chris Joseph
    2005 – Aaron Meyer
    2006 – Aleksey Lanis, Micah Kia
    2007 – ?
    2008 – Mike Harris, Jeff Baca
    2009 – XSF
    2010 – Chris Ward
    2011 – Wade Yandall
    2012 – Jake Brendell, Torian White, Simon Goines
    2013 – Redmond, Benenoch, Quessenberry
    2014 – Najee Toran

    • jameskatt

      That goes to show UCLA does not have a well of talent to draw from so that they aren’t forced to start their green inexperienced freshman straight out of high school.

      With the coaching staff we have now, I think we can start filling the pipeline with quality recruits and remain competitive for years.

      • Laker Rod

        Actually I feel this shows how the previous coaching staff mismanaged the entire O line from not recruiting and getting enough guys and not redshirting enough guys and playing guys before they were ready which got them injured.or so messed up because they lost confidence.

    • ProbationU

      I think Toran only played one game. Looks like they wasted his redshirt.

  • drakejr

    Thank god we area football school. I look forward to this.