UCLA links: Where do the Bruins go now?

Stanford running back Bryce Love, left, leaps past UCLA defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (91) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After back-to-back losses, including Saturday’s 58-34 disappointment to Stanford, UCLA has a long to-do list to get back on track. Head coach Jim Mora laid it out Monday:

  • Defense
    • Open-field tackling
    • Build a trust among teammates within the scheme
    • Play with “maniacal effort”
  • Offense
    • Limit turnovers
    • Capitalize on defensive takeaways
  • Special teams
    • Cover kick returns and limit opponent return yardage
    • Shore up kick return blocking to allow for longer returns

The Bruins have a week to check off each box before Saturday’s game against Colorado. UCLA is trying to avoid a three-game losing streak heading into the bye week.

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