UCLA safety Randall Goforth talked about the team’s freshmen, playing with a chip on his shoulder, and which future NFL Hall of Famer he tries to model his game after.
How’s this for star power?
Denzel Washington visited UCLA’s practice on Wednesday afternoon, and took pictures with several wide-eyed players afterward. During an off-day from training camp last week, the Bruins got an exclusive screening of his new movie “The Equalizer,” which will be released on Sept. 26.
Last season, hip-hop mogul Diddy — whose son, Justin Combs, is a UCLA defensive back — visited a few practices with a multi-car entourage in tow.
Freshman Mossi Johnson is no stranger to devastating injuries, but falling on his shoulder on the first day of training camp still gave him a brief scare.
A four-star recruit out of Roseville (Calif.) High, offensive tackle Kolton Miller talked to reporters about his first few weeks with the UCLA football team. He said learning the playbook was the biggest challenge, but said senior lineman Malcolm Bunche — a graduate transfer — helped him a great deal.
» UCLA voted on team captains last Thursday, and Jim Mora announced the picks Tuesday morning. Not a lot of surprises: on offense, quarterback Brett Hundley and center Jake Brendel; on defense, linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa; on special teams, linebacker Ryan Hofmeister and fullback Taylor Lagace.
» Mora was confident that Brendel, who is recovering from an MCL injury, will be ready to play in the Bruins’ Aug. 30 season opener at Virginia.
Cornerback Marcus Rios (migraines) is seeing a specialist today. He missed a number of practices in San Bernardino before returning late in the week for sideline work. Continue reading
True freshman Adarius Pickett switched from cornerback to become UCLA’s newest running back. What makes him different from the rest of the Bruin backfield?
“I like to run inside the tackles,” he said. “That’s where I find I’m best at. I know a lot of our running backs like running outside.”
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UCLA sophomore guard Alex Redmond has switched to center due to offensive line injuries, a shift that has forced him to read defenses and make calls.
“That’s my one tough spot,” Redmond said. “I’ll get up to the line tired as heck — our tempo’s so high this year — and I’m like, ‘All right, that guy over there, guys!’ and then snapping the ball and everything. It’s more responsibility, but it’s fun. I’m glad they trust me enough to put me at center.”
But the more pressing question — what’s with the haircut?