- Josh Rosen is the Pac-12’s sleeper Heisman candidate from ESPN
- From USA Today Sports: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made more than $4.05 million during 2014, setting a record for the highest-paid conference commissioner.
- Bleacher Report tries to match the best programs for every uncommited 2017 five-star recruit and puts receiver Joseph Lewis from Hawkins High in L.A. with UCLA. He’s the No. 2 wide receiver and ninth overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The eight former UCLA players who were drafted in this year’s NFL Draft and the four more who signed as undrafted free agents aren’t the only former Bruins embarking on professional football careers right now.
Former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel is currently playing professionally in Japan’s Obic Seagulls after he passed on his final year of eligibility with the Bruins.
The Japan Times caught up with Neuheisel after he played a spring tournament game this past weekend against the All-Mitsubishi Lions. He tossed a 67-yard touchdown pass on his first play, but also threw two interceptions during the game.
He told The Japan Times that he was “pleasantly surprised” with the talent in Japan after only a few weeks of practice, adding that it’s “second to none.”
The Southern California News Group released the first installment of its 50 most powerful in Southern California Sports on Tuesday, with UCLA head coach Jim Mora and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen both making the list.
Here’s the first list of who made the cut, from No. 31-50.
- Athlon Sports put UCLA at No. 15 in its preseason Top 25. The Bruins are the third-highest Pac-12 team in the rankings, with Washington checking in at No. 11 and Stanford at No. 12. USC (No. 23) and Oregon (No. 24) are also on the list.
- At Jim Mora‘s charity event this weekend, Bruins Nation caught up with former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman to talk about his advice to Josh Rosen.
- Also at Mora’s event, UCLA quarterbacks coach and former Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo showed some love to his alma mater (and Mora’s and — full disclosure — mine) with NBA player Spencer Hawes, who played one year at the UW.
Jim Mora talked with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel about UCLA’s spring practice, the changes to the offense, Josh Rosen‘s high intellect and the coaching changes during the offseason.
Mora said the coaching staff studied NFL offenses from teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans while constructing the new offense to look at pace of play. Those teams, Mora said, sometimes huddle and other times hand the reins over to the quarterback to run a hurry-up offense. The shift in offensive philosophy is to maximize Rosen’s skill set and was already in the works when former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was still with the Bruins, Mora said.
Read more from Mora’s interview with SI here.