Training camp day 5: First day of full pads

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Notebook coming HERE on how quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo‘s experience in the game affects his players and UCLA’s playbook, Poasi Moala‘s haircut and the offense’s extra long day.

Video interviews with Tuiasosopo, Moala and Kolton Miller.

Notes/observations of from the day:

  • Rejoice! It was the first day of full pads. Real football is inching closer.
  • Mike Fafaul had another good day. He threw a nice pass to Jordan Lasley for a long completion near the sideline in a team period then later hooked up with Alex Van Dyke for a nice completion on an out route. Except for an underwhelming Monday practice, I’ve been impressed with Fafaul so far, even though he did throw an interception to Charles Dawson today also.
  • Van Dyke came up with several good catches again today. He’s had a productive few days of camp and Tuiasosopo said he is one of the three main receivers who is starting to really strike up a good chemistry with Josh Rosen.
  • Eldridge Massington, another one of the three receivers Tuiasosopo named, had a bad drop during a team period, but bounced back to catch a ball while he was sliding to the turf. Kenny Walker was the other mentioned receiver.
  • Rosen threw a nice touchdown to Ishmael Adams during 7-on-7. It was a play similar to his first pass of his college career, when he threw a deep pass to Walker that would have gone for a touchdown if not for the drop. This time, Adams didn’t drop it.
  • In a team period, Rosen found Cameron Griffin on a short throw and Griffin turned up field for a long touchdown.
  • Matt Lynch had a well placed threw in 7-on-7, threading the ball between two defenders. After two good days at practice, Lynch has kind of cooled off a bit. His throwing motion looked a little awkward today after it seemed that he had ironed it out a bit since spring. He almost threw an interception to Krys Barnes in the last team period, but Barnes dropped it. Lynch and Devon Modster split the team reps as the No. 3 QB.
  • Modster had a long touchdown throw to Christian Pabico during a team period. It was a perfectly throw ball and dropped right into Pabico’s hands.
  • In lineman one-on-ones, Rick Wade probably had the win of the day, as used a swim move to breeze by Andre James Boss TagaloaWade won the next rep too, but James put up a better fight on that one.
  • Linebacker Breland Brandt took a few reps as a pass rusher during the one-on-ones. They didn’t end particularly well for him.
  • J.J. Molson hit 3-of-4 field goals. He missed his last one, which was presumably the longest of the bunch, but unsure of the exact distance. Andrew Strauch was 3-for-5, missing his third and fourth kicks.
  • I didn’t see Mique Juarez on the field today. The defensive coaches and players weren’t available for interviews today, but I will keep an eye out for it tomorrow’s practice.
  • Adams spent about 10 minutes after practice working on catching balls out of the JUGS machine.
  • Tomorrow is the team’s first two-a-days day. They’ll be on the field on campus at 8:30 a.m., then will have a fan appreciation practice starting at 3:30 p.m. The team will be signing autographs afterward. Then it’ll be off to San Bernardino for a week.
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