Backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel and linebacker Kene Orjioke plan to finish their UCLA playing careers at the end of this season.
Both have a year of eligibility remaining, but are on track to graduate and were honored as part of the Bruins’ “Senior Night” ceremony during the team’s loss to Washington State last Saturday. Mora hinted that Neuheisel will become a graduate assistant next season.
“I don’t think you’ll see Jerry move very far away,” he said. “Jerry’s a UCLA guy. He’s already talked to me about coaching. He’d be a natural at it. Both of those guys, if they haven’t completed, they’re really close to competing their degrees.”
Neuheisel’s career will be best remembered for his performance in AT&T Stadium in 2014, one in which he threw a game-winning touchdown against Texas in relief of an injured Brett Hundley. Through three seasons, he has completed 42 of 70 passes for 379 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Orjioke, who is 20 years old, has 39 career tackles and two sacks. He missed most of the 2014 season after tearing his ACL, but has appeared in nine games this fall.