End of training camp Q&A

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Greetings, friends! Training camp officially ends Sunday night, which means UCLA will slowly transition into a game-week schedule starting next week. Real football is almost here!

To finish off training camp, we’ll do another Q&A. If you have questions regarding the team now that fall camp is wrapping up, leave them in the comments or send me an email — thnguyen(at)scng(dot)com — and I’ll answer a few. I’ll post answers Monday.

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  • Intimidator Bruin

    How much will Massington and AVD be used in the offense this year? I never see them putting in the extra work that the younger guys are doing at the end of practice.

  • Intimidator Bruin

    KLS and Brandt seemed to be lost in the LB shuffle. Do they have a package that incorporates them into the Defense?

  • Intimidator Bruin

    Did any players graduate this summer? Is there any possibility of players transferring before the first game?

  • Intimidator Bruin

    What is the status on Mossi Johnson?

  • Intimidator Bruin

    What is the status of the injuries with Soso? Will he be redshirting this year?

  • Intimidator Bruin

    Is Dechaun Holiday going to be able to play this year?

  • Ballin

    How is Brandon Stephens looking? How does he figure into the RB rotation? He’s a really good athlete!

  • Luis Wuence

    Last year there was a lot of discussion about mique Juarez.. yet this year it has been silent. How’s he looking this year in terms of seeing the field? Has he been practicing with the first team defense?

    • Richard

      Making amazing progress !!
      Day to night.

      • Pudly76

        Is that good? He was a 5*. Is he still in the dark?

        • Richard

          Ooooops.
          I meant night to day. He’s doing very well and will prob start and star in the not too distant future.

          • Pudly76

            Truly hope his issues are past and he’s ready..hate to see any young man so conflicted (or whatever you want to call it). Thanks.

  • Fish0.4

    What is our most likely go-to play in a 3rd down situation where we need to convert? Where have we consistently been seeing offensive success?

    • Richard

      Caleb Wilson/Darren Andrews.
      Maybe we can develop an effective end run game. Remember when u would pull guards or run counter motion?
      Surely not an inside run.

  • Fish0.4

    After seeing a lot of discussion about Mossi Johnson’s defensive emergence, he seems to be buried in recent depth charts. Where do you seem him in the pecking order of defensive backs, and in what packages is he most likely to see the field?

    • marvgoux1

      Why did Mora demote his most dependable receiver Mossi Johnson and exile him to defensive back? How does he get worse the longer he is in the program?

  • Fish0.4

    Can you rank each unit compared to their ability and expected performance from last year – weaker, same, stronger?

  • Fish0.4

    How does Rosen look going into the season, compared to right before his freshman and sophomore campaigns?

  • Fish0.4

    How do you see our receiver depth chart shaking out, in terms of who sees significant playing time barring injury?

  • Fish0.4

    Is Michael Alves for real? What’s your expected starting 5 offensive line against TAMU? Against Cal?

    • Richard

      ABSOLUTELY. Gm1 starter.
      Maybe Paco Perez comes around 2.
      Move Odogwu to OG # feet of stone..better inside

  • gotroy22

    Will there be a running game to take the heat off Rosen?

  • Kevin Hamilton

    It seems that you and fellow reporters don’t ask the players to compare previous position coaches to their new ones, but have you overheard any of the players making comparisons? Do you think the players feel that all the coaching changes were positive ones? Do you feel that all the changes were positive? Thanks!

  • Tyler Durden

    Does coach fisch seem happy in LA? Do you think he sticks around and does not go back to the NFL quickly?

    • Pudly76

      Ucla offensive coordinators dot have a long shelf life with this coach. He’s got to blame somebody.

      • Tyler Durden

        I didn’t ask you, and no one here cares what your opinion is.

        • Pudly76

          Who’d you ask? All I see are questions w/o anybody answering. Didn’t mean to upset anyone.

          • Tyler Durden

            These questions are for the narrator of the blog.

          • Pudly76

            Curious, I thought a blog was to stimulate discussion and thought. My mistake.

          • Tyler Durden

            Yeah. Again I didn’t ask you. Must be a USC supporter

          • marvgoux1

            f uuclans don’t want to discuss their declining mid major football program and their upcoming beating at the hands of the Trojans.

          • Richard

            “Trojans” ?
            U mean Mass Murderer U, Clown College, Substance Abuse U ????

          • j metaphor

            Marv
            Can you get me some player tickets for the SoCal Opener???
            Still all cash, right?

          • Toby Soto

            The author will answer these questions on Monday morning, she asked what people were wondering about fall camp

          • Pudly76

            Got you, thnx.

      • marvgoux1

        Usually Jim Mora starts arguing with the assistant coaches on live TV during the games about the 4th or 5th loss.

      • Toby Soto

        can you blame him though? Mazzone ran the exact same thing with no imagination or evolution and coach k was an awful choice for OC

        • Pudly76

          Who hired them? Yeah he’s got to hold that candle when he’s the head guy. It’s why he gets paid.

  • Tyler Durden

    In light of all the outrage over historical statues, do you think the Trojan mascot should be considered racist? If so, should it be changed or banned?

    • Pudly76

      Who was Tokyo Rose and what was her tie to Westwood?

    • marvgoux1

      Better question: will politically correct snowflake f uucla ban the Traveler mascot when USC plays against host f uucla in the Rose Bowl next season?

      • Tyler Durden

        Good question.

      • j metaphor

        We demand you utilize a horse of color, preferably one that is transgender and abandon the racist name Traveler.
        No pampered white male racist horses on our field. St. Pat can come though we’ve got some good signs we made for the next time we see him and bring OJ if he’s out, that’s just good TV.

  • Danny Yao

    When are you going to become a regular on a podcast? Or start making your own video updates where you chat with another beat reporter about what you saw?

    Been loving all the writing you are doing but would love to hear/see discussions between you and another beat reporter. That’s usually when some of the neatest insights get communicated.

    Really just want to see more UCLA content out there. Basically show what the PAC-12 network content should be!

  • j metaphor

    What ever happened to Mique Juarez?

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Do you think Brutus Beefcake is really just Charlie Bucket with a new name?

  • chillyinla

    Which is more likely…our WR’s drop passes or Rosen overthrows the WRs resulting in a turnover.

  • Fish

    Kicker misses the pressure kicks at the end of the last couple of practices. Only kicker in camp when almost every other school has 2-3. Surely there was a way to bring another one with 105 spots. What do you think that is about?

  • JBruin04

    Haven’t heard much on Dymond Lee. Is he practicing at QB or WR? Do you expect him to get some playing time this season?

  • Fish

    I believe that the Stanford game was the turning point for the team last year with all of the pounding that the team took, and obviously a few weeks later with the loss of Rosen. How does the defensive team’s size and depth look? Will it survive the pounding it will take against a huge Stanford line in Week 4 and be able to move on successfully?

  • Fish

    Which receiver can really get up there and out-rebound a DB on a pass that is thrown up there for grabs?

  • Danny

    I was expecting Sunny O to be right tackle. What is your take on the OLine shuffle? Does it improve the run game, the pass game or both (or neither)