UCLA spring football day 15: Bruins move into ‘summer of improvement’

Bolu Olorunfunmi (4) bowls over Darnay Holmes (bottom) during the UCLA football Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Kenny Young and Nate Meadors can be friends again.

The two were briefly pitted against each other in the team’s Blue vs. White spring game on Saturday and after Young’s White Team won 17-10 over Meadors’ Blue squad, the two will reconcile over a dinner of Roscoe’s chicken and waffles on Meadors’ dime. (Meadors was hurt and didn’t play in the game, but is still on the hook for the pregame bet, Young said.)

But more importantly than chicken-fueled bets for the Bruins is the completion of their spring campaign and the beginning of the next phase of their offseason.

“This is the summer of improvement,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said.

With their third offense in as many years after their worst season of the Jim Mora era, the Bruins enter a critical summer during which the players must take responsibility to push the team forward.

— More on UCLA’s summer plans.

— Photos from Saturday’s scrimmage

— Video: Jonathan Khamis and I break down the spring game from Drake Stadium

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Here are notes/observations from the spring game: Continue reading “UCLA spring football day 15: Bruins move into ‘summer of improvement’” »

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Kenny Young, Adarius Pickett after UCLA’s spring game

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about Valorie Kondos Field‘s inspirational pregame speech that led the White Team to victory, his role as a leader on the defense and where the linebackers are right now.

Defensive back Adarius Pickett talks about his interception in the spring game, why this defensive backs group is better than last years and what it meant to see Takkarist McKinley get drafted.

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Jedd Fisch, Tom Bradley after UCLA’s Spring Game

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch talks about the importance of the summer, his relationship with Josh Rosen and the problem with drops.

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talks about where the defense is heading into the summer, the progression of Osa Odighizuwa and his favorite ice cream flavor.

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