Report: Linebacker Myles Jack takes $5 million disability insurance policy

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack has taken out a disability insurance policy of more than $5 million, according to Yahoo! Sports.

That in and of itself is not unusual. Big-time NFL prospects often insure themselves against health-related disasters: USC’s Marqise Lee and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney both did that last season, and quarterback Brett Hundley said he would too after announcing his return to UCLA in January.

Two factors make Jack’s move different: his age, and the policy’s “loss of value” rider. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Linebacker Myles Jack addresses potential future at running back, again


On Monday night, linebacker Myles Jack was asked again about his potential future at running back — a question he’s fended off time and time again since erupting for seven touchdowns in four games last season.

Though running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu hasn’t given up on recruiting him to offense, Jack said his heart remains set on being a full-time linebacker. That is, unless a certain former UCLA star asks him to do both.

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Spring notes: ‘Real’ spring game hinges on health of UCLA offensive line


– With the UCLA in injury-prevention mode, Monday night practice was fairly light and almost entirely non-contact. The Bruins ran some seven-on-seven drills, but otherwise, there wasn’t much competitive work to start the week.

Head coach Jim Mora said he wasn’t sure yet whether or not he would keep the team out of pads for the rest of the week. Schools around the country have already held their spring games, and many of them seem to have played full-on competitions rather than the mixed-drill event UCLA held a year ago. Mora said last week that he hopes for more “actual football” on Saturday at the StubHub Center, but much of that will depend on the team’s health.

“You always want to put on a good show for your fans,” Mora said. “People come out that support your program, I think it’s important that you put on a good show for them. Our primary objective has to be the health of our football team, and I think everyone would understand that.” Continue reading

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Spring notes: Head coach Jim Mora talks up cornerback Fabian Moreau


– Head coach Jim Mora pointed out much of Fabian Moreau’s progress at cornerback, going so far into the hyperbole as to call him a potential All-American.

While it might still be too early to ink that sort of praise, Moreau is clearly turning himself into UCLA’s best defensive back. Even Mora couldn’t resist; in the span of four minutes or so, Mora went from saying he didn’t notice Moreau much (a good thing) to saying the former high school tailback is a future first-round NFL draft pick.

– Mora also said next Saturday’s “Spring Showcase” will involve a lot more actual football than it did last year. Continue reading

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Offensive guard Tevita Halalilo commits to UCLA

Four-star offensive guard Tevita Halalilo has committed to UCLA, according to Scout.com. The Morena Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde standout is rated 10th at his position nationally.

He is the sixth commitment in UCLA’s 2015 class, but the first lineman in a group that also includes top quarterback Josh Rosen and tight end Alize Jones.

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VIDEO: Assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu talks about UCLA tailbacks


Asked if he had a prospective starting tailback yet, assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu went with the stock answer: They’re all No. 1, and they’ll all contribute.

Linebacker Myles Jack, who rushed for seven touchdowns in four games last year, won’t be among the group for the foreseeable future. Though it wouldn’t be surprising for the two-way Pac-12 Freshman of the Year to get some offensive reps once the season starts, he hasn’t practiced there at all this spring.

“I’ve been told, ‘Stay away,’” Polamalu said.

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