Spring practice day 4: Offense cuts down on false starts

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

The offense showed some good improvement in the first day of the second week of spring practice, but for my own guess, it looked like the defense was the better unit on Monday. The Bruins dressed in full pads for day 4 of practice.

A notebook focused on Ishmael Adams‘ change to offense and Steven Manfro‘s potentially career-ending shoulder injury. The running back is getting his shoulder looked at Monday night at which point a decision will be made about his football future, Jim Mora said.

Video interviews with Mora, Demetrice Martin, Scott Quessenberry and Ishmael Adams

Here are notes/observations from practice:

— Mora was pleased to report that the offense only committed two false starts in 90 plays. It’s a great improvement from last week’s practices.

— The defense made some great plays during the scrimmage periods, getting interceptions on every quarterback. Josh Rosen threw a pick that was tipped and pulled down by defensive back Randall Goforth. Cornerback Denzel Fisher intercepted Mike Fafaul and could have easily gone for a pick-six. Linebacker Lokeni Toailoa got an interception off fellow freshman Matt Lynch.

— Safety Jaleel Wadood picked off Rosen, his former high-school teammate, in a one-on-one drill.

— Goforth plugged in as a starting cornerback with Marcus Rios sitting out of practice. Rios strained his groin on Saturday. Mora doesn’t expect the injury to be serious. Goforth’s move to cornerback and DeChaun Holiday’s transition to safety are moves to develop depth and position flexibility, defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin said.

— Monday was the first day of nickel defense installation and Octavius Spencer went in as the first choice nickel back with Adams moving to receiver.

— In the second scrimmage period, the first team defense did a good job stopping the run. Defensive tackles Eli Ankou and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner did a good job at plugging up the middle against running backs Nate Starks and Bolu Olorunfunmi. On offense, Rosen converted a long pass to tight end Nate Iese on second-and-14 for a first-down conversion and capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Darren Andrews.

The second string defense did not do as good of a job against the run. When the units changed, the second string offense ran the ball three straight times down the middle for a first down.

— Defensive lineman Nick Terry again had a good day in one-on-ones at the expense of offensive lineman Kenny Lacy. Terry beat Lacy with a straight bull rush, then later got him with a slick swim move.

— Kicker JJ Molson went 3-for-4 on his field goals at the end of practice. Andrew Strauch went 4-for-4.

— Receiver Aaron Sharp had a class issue during Monday’s practice and was not present.

— Mora confirmed that linebacker Dwight Williams has left the program.

  • inhonorofpooh

    great, great job so far. hope you don’t mind a slight grammar correction from someone born into this language – s/b ‘career-ending’, not ‘career-ended’.

    • JustOwns

      A pedantic correction, as it were.

    • uclawarren

      “someone born into this language”…are you sure TNN was not born into this language?

    • nanpazen

      You might have a good intention but you can give a better feedback in the future so that the listener does not feel bad. Being someone born into the English language does not make you a better speaker or writer. I know many native speakers who misspell everyday. If English is Ms. Nhi’s second language, I admire her even more for doing better than the previous writers of this blog.

      • inhonorofpooh

        You’re right. My mistake.

        • gotroy22

          Sometimes a typo is just a typo.

    • R Star

      There are far too many liberties being taken in her first couple of weeks on the beat. Grammar corrections being attributed to the lack of her being a native speaker? Because she wrote an extensive biography and told us this? If Jon Gold wrote that sentence, what would you attribute that to? Then, you have others trying to change her name! She didn’t give you permission to do that. This isn’t her screen name, it’s her real name. You can’t just go around changing the names of others because your experiences have been too narrow to include other cultures. Expand your mind a bit.

    • Thuc Nhi Nguyen

      Thanks for the heads up, I changed it. Just a late-night typo.

      • JustOwns

        Why respond to such goober?

        No doubting this person subscribes dozens of magazine looking for typo’s and grammer/syntex erors, which he triumphanly pts out in pedantc letters to the editor.

        Keep the FB thread topics coming.

        • gotroy22

          People complain no matter how often the bloggers post

        • UCLA = Lost Cause U

          Not everyone is as stable as you are…

          #Mom’sBasementGivesUPerspective

    • Ted

      How do you she wasn’t “born into” English?

  • commentar

    The Manfro news is especially sad.

  • chicaner4

    Anyone know why LB Dwight Williams left the program? He was a local kid who arrived with a bit of fanfare.

    • Laker Rod

      Dwight Williams came to UCLA listed at 6’1 212 per Rivals. In reality, he was more like 6’0 195 or 200.

      From the official UCLA website he’s currently listed at 6’0 205. The guy has a great physique…he’s just lacking the bulk for a LB.

      He had a ton of offers also out of HS. Unfortunately, it seems the timing is just off for him. What I mean by this is that UCLA’s been getting steamrolled by power teams and of course Mora is trying to go bigger now to stop this trend.

      I believe Williams was recruited with the mindset of defending the spread against teams like Oregon. I still think we need players like Williams.

      It’s too bad to see him go. While I didn’t expect DW to contribute much as a redshirt sophomore this upcoming year…he could have made some noise as a redshirt junior in 2017.

      • 88 Straight

        It seems that if a player from Serra ends up at UCLA, it’s because SC didn’t want him.

        • Laker Rod

          There’s a pic of Dwight Williams with his SC buddies/former HS teammates. I have no idea why the UCLA coaches recruited him but it’s obvious the coaches couldn’t motivate and develop him. Chalk it up as another mistake by the coaches.

          • 88 Straight

            Recruiting errors are made by every team. That’s why having 85 scholarships is so important.

          • Laker Rod

            Lame response as usual. UCLA has more than their fair share of mistakes and you know it.

          • 88 Straight

            You have no idea how many mistakes teams make. Try researching the number of transfers from other schools as well. Take a look at how many recruits the top teams sign every year and how that math compares to 85 scholarship players. The SEC is famous for oversigning players and having the ones that don’t work out transfer away. Mora, to a lesser degree, is following that script.

          • Laker Rod

            Sure I do. I’ve listed out those mistakes to you plenty of times. The fact UCLA has not won a conference championship in close to 20 years is more than enough evidence that they have made more than their fair share of mistakes.

            Plenty of coaches reached a pinnacle after their 4th year in the program. Mora didn’t. He ended up with his worst record yet at UCLA.

          • 88 Straight

            You have listed UCLA’s mistakes. You have not done any comparisons with other schools. It’s a bit surprising as you are the Listmaster!

          • Laker Rod

            Dumb. I don’t have to do a comparison. The comparison is in the won and loss records. Wake up. Alabama and Stanford, etc. have not made the dumb mistakes UCLA has…that’s why they win. If you think they have been making the same mistakes as UCLA has at the same rate then prove it! You can’t and you know it.

          • 88 Straight

            A comparison would be way above your intellectual capabilities. As is reading.

            Aren’t you the guy that said you can’t compare Alabama and Stanford because of the differences academically? I know you said that about SC. Anyone can get into Alabama, plus they have a football tradition. But have a go of it, put together a list of the kids that left the program at ‘Bama.

          • Laker Rod

            LOL!! Excuses as usual. You’re stuck and you know it. You have no clue to even put together a list of examples.

            Not everybody can get into Stanford dummy.

            And while Alabama has football tradition…they sure did struggle in the early 2000’s. UCLA beat them twice. Bama fired numerous coaches before finally getting Nick Saban. Wake up. You don’t know anything. It’s proven.

          • 88 Straight

            Just a dumb post because you can’t check the facts.