UCLA receiver Devin Fuller to participate in NFLPA Bowl

UCLA wide receiver Devin Fuller (7) catches a pass for yardage against Arizona State in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA receiver Devin Fuller (7) has accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He made 24 catches for 259 yards and three touchdowns in the 2015 regular season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA receiver Devin Fuller has accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, one of several games that help players showcase themselves for pro teams.

Limited by head and ankle injuries in the latter half of his senior campaign, Fuller finished the regular season with 24 catches for 259 yards and three touchdowns. That included a career performance against Cal, in which he had seven receptions for 100 yards and two scores. He was also on the receiving end of quarterback Josh Rosen’s first career touchdown, a four-yard pass in the Bruins’ season-opening win over Virginia.

Fuller showed some promise as a returner as well, totaling 552 yards on 29 tries taking back kicks and punts.

The list of the first 23 players slated to play in the NFLPA Bowl also includes former UCLA offensive tackle Torian White, who transferred to Hampton. White was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on Nov. 17, 2013 and never rejoined the team. UCLA dismissed him from school entirely in May 2014, after the university found him responsible for two instances of sexual misconduct.

  • EncinitasBruin

    Good for Devin. Now about SC hiring Helton. I’m happy; anyone else? This is a cut above Sark but way below what I was worried about.

    • gotroy22

      The timing is terrible. Why not wait a week and give the team the incentive to win it for Clay? Now if Helton loses to a loaded Stanford team in basically a home game for them in Santa Clara he will be on the hot seat. Pat Haden has gone the Leonard Tose route.

      • 88 Straight

        Because if SC lost, then Haden would have to do a REAL search. And, I think he likes Helton and wanted to send a message to recruits.

        • EncinitasBruin

          Word is Helton was being offered the Memphis job, and Del Rio passed. All about the timing.

          • gotroy22

            Haden could have led him on for another week.

          • EncinitasBruin

            If Stanford beats SC, the Wolfman’s blog will be lit up like a Christmas tree…

      • EncinitasBruin

        So Gotroy, what’s the word from the Trojan power structure? Happy? Upset? Wait-and-see? I was shocked that Haden pulled the trigger without a big-time search…

        • gotroy22

          Divided, the older guys are the most upset about it. Given the tremendous amount of financial backing we have, this is going on the cheap.

      • Just Owns

        KU chose the easy route with Helton. Since Helton out coached M&M twins the KU fans could hardly bark for a bigger name. KU recruiting remains stable because the coach is familiar with the KU FB program and recruits are familiar with Helton.

        It was a smart choice, and saves Haden from having to make an unpopular choice.

        • gotroy22

          Not smart, lazy and premature.

    • Hogsman

      My sentiments exactly. I was worried about Les Miles going to SC. Would’ve been a match made in slime-heaven.

      • EncinitasBruin

        Seriously, this is great news for Bruin Nation.

        • gotroy22

          That’s why the older alums from the 60s and 70s glory days aren’t happy.

  • Laker Rod

    It’s quite obvious to me that Mazzone/UCLA have to do something to be able to get the ball to their play makers. Fuller had some big plays in the past but these big plays are too far apart and don’t happen often enough.

    It doesn’t matter who UCLA gets recruiting wise. This is NOT the issue. The issue is with Mazzone’s schemes. To think Theo Howard is just going to come in now and take over is just plain stupid.

    I thought this year it was supposed to be Stephon Johnson according to the morons out there.

    When Devin Fuller was a true frosh it was supposed to be him. When Darren Andrews and Kenny Walker were true freshmen it was supposed to be them.

    Heck…even this year it was also supposed to be Jordan Lasley.

    One of the things that UCLA must do is keep drives alive. So what if Kenny Walker dropped a pass. Just come right back and throw another. People watch too much highlight films of other players from other programs. Those guys drop passes also during the season.

    How about putting Nate Iese at 6’3 250 as a wide receiver. Have him push the cornerback downfield and let Walker or S. Johnson catch a pass out on the left flat and allow him to run. If you show this tendency this play then can be used as a decoy.

    UCLA needs Eldrige Massington to step up big time. We need somebody to replace Jordan Payton. I think Darren Andrews can be the other wide out and let Kenny Walker and Stephon Johnson played the F position.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Great points, LR. Agree, especially on Mazzone. He just needs to go.

      • 88 Straight

        He didn’t say that Mazzone needs to go. That would put him too far out on a limb.

        • EncinitasBruin

          To me, the most egregious flaw in his play calling came at 2:47 left in the first half. We were leading 14-13 and had the ball with two time outs. To that point, our tailbacks were averaging 6 yards per carry. So, you’ve got plenty of time to mix run with pass and put together a clock-eating drive to end the half in a FG or TD. But what does Mazzone do? Three straight incomplete passes, burning very little time off the clock and giving the ball back to the Trojans–who promptly score, to take a 20-14 lead into the locker room.

          • Laker Rod

            Umm…EB….sorry but that’s what you get with a QB like Josh Rosen. If you’re in love with his laser passes for completions then the flip side are these incompletions and 3 and outs.

            A key question is to we prepare Josh Rosen for the NFL or build him to win games and a conference championship?

            I say it’s the latter. I’m not worried about Rosen’s passing. I want him to develop as a runner. In college football a running QB is very important. It just totally messes up a defense. A running QB helps keep drives alive and frustrates an opposing D.

          • EncinitasBruin

            Well, my point was that we shouldn’t have been throwing in the first place on that drive, at least not to start it. Especially when the run game was working very well, and Perkins was in the zone. That’s the time to go away from the freshman QB and let your veteran tailback do the heavy lifting on a long drive before half time.

          • 88 Straight

            Someone is obsessed with Rosen. It’s so obvious that he was wrong that he has to double down and blame the kid for everything that went wrong in the SC game. He probably blames climate change on Rosen as well.

            Remember, this is the guy that said Kenny Clark is way overrated. He also claims that Ish Adams is our best DB. He said Woulard and Neuheisel threw the ball better than Rosen and wanted to start either Brehaut or Prince ahead of Hundley in 2012. I am thinking that anything he says should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

          • Laker Rod

            I agree but please understand that it was quite obvious that the UCLA offense prepped and drilled way more related to pass protection for Josh Rosen. They were tired of the sacks and the talk by the media.

            Please also understand that the UCLA rushing attack played a lot off of what Hundley did in the past. There were many games last year where Perkins got bottled up. Hundley was able to scramble and keep drives alive and then Perkins got the big run.

            This year with Rosen…the sustained drives happened way less and of course UCLA’s rushing attack was impacted. There was too many run run pass series. Rosen did a pretty decent job also completing 3rd down passes but this usually happened against the crummier teams.

            The UCLA rushing attack has never been that good with smash mouth football. Usually the problem is that the UCLA D line isn’t consistently big and strong enough. Often times they don’t even have enough quality guys on the scout team because the Bruins don’t have enough guys to even redshirt players.

            The O line has had many issues in the past also. Penalties killed drives. Redmond and Benenoch have got to stop with the penalties. They have such bad reputations already which they earned as true freshmen. Who is a ref going to pick on? It’s obvious it will be true freshmen. Same with young defensive backs.

            I’m not quite sure why you felt UCLA could run the ball that last series when they were not able to run the ball consistently through the entire game. Maybe Rosen himself needs to learn how to run so the defense doesn’t key on the running back. It makes a huge difference you know.

            If I’m a DC…I have no respect for Rosen running the ball. So what if he gets one 12 yarder. Big deal. Every defensive guy is going after the RB on 1st and 2nd down. Some times you have to pass on 1st down to keep the D honest also.

            Instead of the type of passes Rosen often goes for….maybe he needs to go for the sure 3 to 5 yards to the running back. He doesn’t seem to like throwing those type of passes. His ego wants the big play.

        • Laker Rod

          Of course I don’t think Mazzone needs to go. I’m willing to give him a chance to see what he can do in Rosen’s 2nd year. It’s partially his fault he had to go with a true freshman drop QB you idiots wanted.

          I repeat…what UCLA should have done is redshirt Rosen. It was more about getting Rosen bigger and stronger so one can have confidence he can take the pounding.

          I already told you why I wanted Rosen to redshirt way back in April 2015 and the things Rosen couldn’t do or what the coaches didn’t have the confidence in Rosen to run came back to haunt us. It’s so easy to see.

          It’s amazing how stupid you, the UCLA coaches, and the UCLA fan base are.

          I say again this offseason:

          1. Rosen does a grueling off season work out plan where he adds 10-15 lbs of muscle but yet gets even faster than he is.

          2. UCLA is committed to running the zone read option where Rosen often runs with the ball.

          3. Be a more patient QB. Practice long sustained drives. Throw to the outlet receiver which is the RB out in the left flat.

          4. Run some plays from under center and install some power I formations

          5. Get the O line to be more physical run blockers. It was so obvious the coaches had the O line concerned so much with pass blocking for the true frosh QB Rosen.

          6. The # 1 offensive line and the #1 defensive line need to go more head to head against each other in practice.

          Also…it’s a bad idea to switch offensive coordinators. This is what UCLA used to do in the past under Karl Dorrell and RN. They all sucked because it took time to learn the new system.

          It’s amazing how Mora/Mazzone can’t go more multiple related to their offense. It isn’t about “execution”. The Bruin do not have the right schemes to expose mismatches where there is plenty at the college level. Mora thinks too much like an NFL coach. Bradley is too conservative also. He needs to gamble more. We need more stops…not a bunch of bend don’t break type concept. We are getting killed in time of possession.

          • 88 Straight

            Nice personal insults. What a child! Must be that whole virginity thing bothering you. A lot of pent up anger on display.

          • Laker Rod

            LOL!! You blame Mazzone when in 2012 UCLA was dumb enough to play 3 freshman on the O line. Brendel, White, and Goines.

            Then in 2013 they were dumb enough to play 3 more in Benenoch, Redmond, and Quessenberry.

            Then in 2014 they started off by playing Najee Toran another true frosh. LOL!!

            Then in 2015 they decided to try and play two more in FUP and Halalilo. LOL!!!

            On top of that they went with a true frosh QB in 2015. LOL!!!

            You are so stupid.

            All you do is go back to your women and virginity insults. Shows what a pathetic low life you are. You obviously can’t debate about football. You get clobbered every single time.

          • 88 Straight

            The truth hurts. Just a virgin troll with no life. Brehaut/Prince over Hundley in 2012. Guess Maxzone didn’t agree with you either.

          • Laker Rod

            You can’t even address the point. You blame Mazzone when UCLA/Mora/Klemm was dumb enough to play 3 freshman on the Oline in 2012 and then more each year after? LOL!!

            Fred Ulu-Perry now gone also? Oh brother!

          • 88 Straight

            And I am sure if Fred Ulu-Perry is gone, and it looks like he is, that it is all because he redshirted. That would be speculation on your part and it may have nothing to do with redshirting. There may be an issue with the staff and how it related to Fred, it may be something else. I doubt that you will ever have any facts but you will go ahead with your theory anyway. the difficulty is that you have NO facts to support your theory. And before you list everyone that transferred, it just shows a possible problem, but it does not provide the link you will try to make with no evidence. Lists are not evidence except in your mind.

          • Laker Rod

            What are you talking about? Fred Ulu-Perry did not redshirt. He played as a true frosh. He was horrible against Utah.

            Why did he even play? It’s almost like he played because he was promised early playing time.

            Look at all the guys that have left. Kylie Fitts has some hard feeling towards UCLA and it was due to playing time apparently. To me Fitts was not being realistic as a true frosh. The same goes for your lover now hater or baby per you Chris Clark. Showing him a promo add where he is the next Rob Gronkowski. Talk about dumb!

            Same for Zach Whitley and now Fred Ulu-Perry.

            The UCLA coaches and dumb fans like yourself including the beat writers give these true frosh such inflated expectations and egos. They think they are going to set the world on fire as true frosh.

            If you played ball you would understand this. The new 17/18 year old kids think they are ready. The 21 year olds show them they are not. Only a rare few are ever ready in college football. I went through this. I thought I was ready as a 17 year old. I was not. By the time I was 21, I showed I was.

            Ellis McCarthy proved he was not ready as a true frosh. He was a 5 star recruit. What about Malcolm Jones. Another 5 star. Chris Clark? 5 star. Morrell Pressley? 5 star. Anthony Barr as a true frosh?

            How did Nate Meadors do against USC? You were bragging about him just the game before. LOL!!

            And as good as Iman Marshall was for USC against UCLA..he was quite terrible all year long and especially against Oregon. Marshall was a 5 star recruit also. It takes time.

            I don’t think USC can beat Stanford. USC is still too young. USC may have more talent, speed, and potential but Stanford has the seasoned veterans and are smarter and stronger.

          • 88 Straight

            I know Fred Ulu-Perry played. It was discussed before.

            And as I predicted, another list. That’s why I can tell that you do not understand what proof actually entails. There needs to be a link between not red shirting and transferring. You have no idea why these players left. And what is interesting is that you are not aware of that. You simply take the leap from one to the other with no proof. I hope you never serve on a jury.

            It is that juvenile thought process that leads me to leap to other conclusions about you being a virgin internet troll. Your lack of actual evidence proves an undeveloped mind.

  • CaliGrown

    It seems the consensus wants Mazzone to go (me being one of them) anyone have ideas on possible realistic replacements?

    It be nice to run a mix of pro style under center with an up tempo spread offense.