UCLA football cancels final training camp practice

UCLA head coach Jim Mora addresses the media during Pac-12 Football Media Days event at the Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Center in Hollywood on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

UCLA players got a surprise on Sunday night as Jim Mora cancelled their final practice of training camp. Mora was scheduled to make a media appearance after practice, but instead will speak again Tuesday evening, after UCLA resumes practice at 2 p.m.

So with the sudden end to training camp, there will be no practice report Sunday, but there will be answers to your training camp questions Monday. If you have questions, drop them in the comments section on this post.

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Three-star DB Kendrick Torain commits to UCLA

UCLA landed its sixth defensive back commit for the 2018 class on Sunday as Florida-based three-star prospect Kendrick Torain announced his pledge on Spectrum Sports Florida.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Torain, who plays at Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla., was also considering offers from Auburn, Virginia Tech and Georgia. He released a top-10 on Twitter on June 7, but the list didn’t include UCLA.

Torain joins a big defensive back crop for the Bruins, which includes four-star corner Olaijah Griffin and four-star safeties Stephan Blaylock and Cam’ron Jones. Torain is UCLA’s second defensive back from Tampa in this class as Demetrice Martin also secured a commitment from Ken Montgomery Jr., of Hillsborough High. Dayven Coleman rounds out the group of defensive backs.

Scout.com has UCLA’s 22-man recruiting class ranked second in the Pac-12 and 13th in the country currently.

Here are Torain’s junior season highlights:

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UCLA football training camp day 17: Offensive line shakeups

Offensive line coach Hank Fraley talks to his players during UCLA football practice at Spaulding Field on campus Friday, August 04, 2017, Westwood, CA. (Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

UCLA had a solid idea for its starting offensive line, but halfway through training camp, offensive line Hank Fraley made a change. He moved redshirt freshman Michael Alves into the No. 1 unit at right guard, which pushed Andre James to right tackle and put Kenny Lacy and Sunny Odogwu firmly with the second group at left and right tackle, respectively.

Despite some early struggles, Alves has proven to be worth the trouble.

“I’ve been trying my best, do whatever I can to be on the field,” Alves said. “Actually (Fraley) seems pretty impressed with the film. It’s just doing whatever I can to stay on the field.”

More on Alves’ recent promotion and what it means for the offensive line

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Notes and observations for Day 17: Continue reading “UCLA football training camp day 17: Offensive line shakeups” »

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