Jim Mora talks offensive changes, new coaches and Josh Rosen with Sports Illustrated

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

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.

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UCLA football links: Jordan Payton, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Cleveland Browns

  • Former UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton has an old connection to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, which then connected him to his current head coach Hue Jackson in Cleveland.
  • Former UCLA running back DeShaun Foster is in his first year as Texas Tech’s running backs coach. Foster was the subject of Texas Tech’s latest “mic’d up” series from spring practice.

  • Not directly UCLA-related, but in a story from USA TODAY Sports, a Tulane professor proposed a possible solution to the issue of college athletes and endorsement deals. Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, presented a paper to the to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Tuesday contending that endorsement deals and education don’t have to be mutually exclusive. He offered some suggestions for how to make paying college athletes work, like allowing athletes to have product endorsement and receive pay for personal appearances and autographs, but only if they are in good academic standing.
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Lunchtime links: Rankings high on Rosen again

Josh Rosen will be under a bright spotlight this season for the Bruins. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Josh Rosen will be under a bright spotlight this season for the Bruins. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

  • ESPN ranks the top 10 players UCLA has on its depth chart. No surprise that Josh Rosen is the first choice. Other players include Eddie Vanderdoes, Jaleel Wadood and Jayon Brown.
  • From May 9, NFL.com’s college football staff ranks the top 100 college players for the 2016 season. Rosen makes it into the top 10, with the comment from Chad Reuter reading in part: “Rosen is the best freshman quarterback I’ve seen since Andrew Luck.” Other UCLA names on the list: Conor McDermott (No. 57), Vanderdoes (No. 66) and Fabian Moreau (No. 76).
  • ESPN’s Pac-12 blog puts UCLA’s offensive line in the “we’ll see” category in its Pac-12 South post-spring postions preview. ESPN has USC and Arizona as the only Pac-12 South teams in “good shape” in the offensive line position.
  • Receiver Cordell Broadus is part of a new youth group initiative that had an event to help the homeless last weekend.
  • Make what you wish of this tweet from Tate Martell, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class who recently decommitted from Texas A&M.

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UCLA football links: Early preseason predictions, QB rankings

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) was named to the FWAA Freshman All-American, becoming the fourth Bruin to make the list in three years. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) is the key piece for UCLA’s offense heading into his sophomore season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Gathering a few UCLA football-related links while we countdown the days until football returns:

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Former UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr starting foundation inspired by his mother

Anthony Barr's mother Lori raised the former UCLA linebacker as a single mother whow went to college and held multiple jobs. Anthony is working with his mom to start the Anthony Barr Foundation to support single mothers pursuing higher education. (Photos courtesy Lori Barr and by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press Telegram)

Anthony Barr’s mother Lori raised the former UCLA linebacker as a single mother whow went to college and held multiple jobs. Anthony is working with his mom to start the Anthony Barr Foundation to support single mothers pursuing higher education. (Photos courtesy Lori Barr and by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press Telegram)

When former UCLA linebacker and current Minnesota Viking Anthony Barr was born, his mother Lori Barr was a scared 19-year-old college student. She raised him as a single mother, with the help of her parents, while she finished her bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees and worked multiple jobs.

Together, the two are starting a foundation for other single mothers in Lori’s situation. The Anthony Barr Foundation launches next month and will provide scholarships for tuition and child care for single mothers who want to pursue their college educations.

“With the Anthony Barr Foundation, we want single moms to know that they’re not alone,” said Lori, who serves as the vice president of the foundation. “We’re here to help.”

Read more about Anthony and Lori’s story and the foundation here.

For more information about the Anthony Barr Foundation, click here.

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