Kennedy Polamalu joins Minnesota Vikings staff

UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu is close to being promoted to offensive coordinator. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

Kennedy Polamalu (Brad Graverson/Staff)

Former UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu jumped back to the NFL coaching ranks Friday, as he officially joined the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff, the team announced.

Polamalu was fired after one year as UCLA’s offensive coordinator last season when the Bruins went 4-8. He was replaced by Jedd Fisch earlier this month.

Polamalu last coached in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2005-09. The 53-year-old coach is one of several Vikings with UCLA ties as former Bruin linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks also play in Minnesota.

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UCLA flips CB Morrell Osling from Colorado

After pulling in only nine commits during 2016 for this year’s recruiting class, UCLA is gearing up for a big comeback in January.

The Bruins picked up their second commit of the day Wednesday, successfully flipping Antelope Valley cornerback Morrell Osling from Colorado.

Osling, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound, three-star prospect, committed to Colorado in July. He was also a quarterback in high school, but is projected to play defense in college.

Osling’s teammate Moses Robinson-Carr, once an Oregon pledge, committed to UCLA earlier this week.

Osling announced his commitment to UCLA on Twitter a few hours after defensive end Odua Isibor. The Bruins have 16 commits for the class of 2017 with two weeks left until National Signing Day (Feb. 1). UCLA has picked up seven commits in the month of January, including five-star defensive back Darnay Holmes, who committed at the U.S. Army All-American Game. UCLA jumped up 11 spots in ESPN’s national recruiting rankings Wednesday to No. 20.

UCLA’s commitment list so far: Continue reading

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UCLA’s 2017 football schedule

UCLA head coach Jim Mora. Photo by Stan Lim/Staff Photographer

UCLA head coach Jim Mora will lead the Bruins into their season opener against Texas A&M. Photo by Stan Lim/Staff Photographer

The Pac-12 released the 2017 football schedule on Wednesday.

UCLA opens the season on Sept. 2 at home against Texas A&M. The team’s only nonconference road trip is to Memphis for the final game before Pac-12 play.

During the conference season, the Bruins face Washington and Oregon for the first time since 2014. UCLA hosts the Ducks on Oct. 21 and travel to Seattle on Oct. 28. UCLA has two weekday games, one on the road at Utah on Nov. 3 (Friday) and one at the Rose Bowl against Cal on Nov. 24 (Friday).

More notes on the schedule.

Below is UCLA’s full 2017 schedule: Continue reading

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U.S. Army All-American DE Odua Isibor picks UCLA

UCLA added another defensive end to its 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday with a commitment from three-star U.S. Army All-American Odua Isibor.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound recruit from Phoenix, Ariz., is the No. 2 defensive end in Arizona, according to Scout.

Isibor told the Arizona Republic that academics were a large part of his decision to commit to UCLA. He was also considering Yale, Texas A&M and Arizona State.

The Bruins have 15 total commits for the class of 2017 with National Signing Day coming in two weeks on Feb. 1. UCLA has two Army All-Americans in its defensive line group with Isibor joining five-star defensive end Jaelan Phillips. Four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers is an Under Armour All-American.

UCLA’s commitment list so far: Continue reading

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Former players express support for fired OL coach Adrian Klemm

During his five years at UCLA, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm produced three NFL draft picks, including 2016 fifth-round draft pick Caleb Benenoch.

After the 39-year-old coach was fired this week, Benenoch, who played in five games as a rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, took to social media Tuesday to support Klemm, quoting a tweet from fellow former UCLA offensive lineman Simon Goines. Goines was part of Klemm’s first recruiting class at UCLA, but was hampered by injuries most of his career.

During Klemm’s tenure, UCLA sent Benenoch, Xavier Su’a-Filo (2nd round, 2014) and Jeff Baca (6th round, 2013) to the NFL through the draft.

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