UCLA one step closer to shade at Rose Bowl

UCLA's student section could be moving to new seats this season. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA’s student section could be moving to new seats this season. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

After positive results from a student survey, the UCLA football team could be moving from the sunny side of the Rose Bowl sooner rather than later.

Of 1,342 respondents in a survey conducted by The Den and UCLA athletics in November, 61 percent of said they would prefer moving student seating at the Rose Bowl for UCLA football games to the north end zone from its current position in the northeast corner of the field. Seventy-five percent of respondents also indicated that they would be as likely or more likely to attend games if the student section was moved.

In the current set up at the Rose Bowl, the UCLA football team is required to use the sun-drenched east sideline due to a Pac-12 rule prohibiting student sections from being behind opposing benches. Moving The Den to the north end zone (between sections 8H and 15L in the lower bowl) would then free the football team to move to the shadier west sideline as early as this upcoming season. Continue reading

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Takkarist McKinley, Jayon Brown lead UCLA’s All-Pac-12 selections

Senior Takkarist McKinley is getting ready to finish his UCLA career with a homecoming to the Bay Area. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Senior Takkarist McKinley had a breakout year at defensive end for the Bruins. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley and linebacker Jayon Brown were named first-team All-Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus and ESPN.com.

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and linebacker Kenny Young were named to PFF’s All-Pac-12 second team.

McKinley and Brown were also in the running for SB Nation’s All-American team. The senior defensive end finished ninth in SB Nation’s voting for his position while Brown finished eighth among linebackers.

McKinley led the Bruins with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Brown led the conference in tackling (119) and had the first 100-tackle season for a UCLA player since Erik Kendricks in 2014. Vanderdoes, who declared for the NFL draft despite an extra year of eligibility, returned from ACL surgery to start 12 games for the Bruins this year, tallying 29 total tackles. Young was second on the team in tackling (90), tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5.0).

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UCLA seniors in all-star showcase events

UCLA defensive back Fabian Moreau (10) tackles Texas A&M running back James White (20) for a loss during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown (right), pictured against Texas A&M, will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Here’s a list of UCLA seniors who have already accepted invitations to play in all-star showcase events prior to the NFL draft this spring:

Reese’s Senior Bowl (Jan. 28 at Labb-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.)

  • OT Conor McDermott
  • DE Takkarist McKinley

East-West Shrine Game (Jan. 21 at Tropicana FIeld in St. Petersburg, Fla.)

  • CB Fabian Moreau
  • LB Jayon Brown
  • S Randall Goforth

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Jan. 21 at StubHub Center in Carson)

  • DT Eli Ankou
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UCLA coaches hit the recruiting trail

UCLA football coaches are hitting the recruiting trail hard without a bowl game to worry about this month. Several coaches paid in-home visits as well as hosted recruits for official visits in the past few days. Here are a few:

Martin Andrus Jr., Los Angeles High, DT

  • Four-star recruit according to Scout, three-star according to 247 Sports and Rivals
  • Has offers from several other Pac-12 schools, including Oregon and USC.

Tayler Katoa, Layton (Utah) High, Ath

  • Four-star recruit according to Scout, three-star according to 247 Sports and Rivals
  • One of the top recruits in Utah
  • Plays both quarterback and linebacker/defensive end, but projects mostly on defense
  • List of contenders includes Washington, USC, Boise State, Utah and BYU

DeAndre McNeal, Fullerton College, WR

  • A former Texas receiver, McNeal was suspended indefinitely by head coach Charlie Strong on Aug. 3, 2016 for an undisclosed violation of team rules
  • McNeal was a three- to four-star recruit in the class of 2015 out of Poteet (Texas) High and played in 10 games as a true freshman, but didn’t record a catch

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Top ILB Anthony Hines III chooses Texas A&M over UCLA

Scout.com’s No. 1 inside linebacker in the country committed to Texas A&M on Friday, choosing the Aggies over UCLA. 

Anthony Hines III was also deciding between Florida State, TCU, UCLA, Ohio State and Penn State.

UCLA coaches visited the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Plano East (Texas) High this week in a late recruiting push. Linebackers coach Scott White, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and head coach Jim Mora went on the in-home visit.

The Bruins have 10 commits for the class of 2017, lead by five-star defensive end Jaelan Phillips and four-star defensive lineman Greg Rogers

 

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