UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Texas A&M

Noel Mazzone took the offensive coordinator position at Texas A&M after leaving UCLA. (Scott Retzlaff /Texas A&M Athletics)

Noel Mazzone took the offensive coordinator position at Texas A&M after leaving UCLA. (Scott Retzlaff /Texas A&M Athletics)

With Pac-12 Media Days wrapping up last week, the beginning of the end of the long football-less summer approaches. UCLA starts fall camp in three weeks and until then, we’ll spend some time looking at each of UCLA’s 2016 opponents. Let’s take it from the top with Texas A&M:

UCLA at Texas A&M
Saturday, Sept. 3 | Kyle Field
12:30 p.m. PT, CBS

2015 in review:

Both UCLA and Texas A&M fumbled down the stretch last year. The Bruins lost three of their last four games. The Aggies, who started 5-0, lost three of their last five and landed at 8-5 overall (4-4 SEC). It was Texas A&M’s second straight eight-win season after Johnny Manziel vaulted the Aggies into the national spotlight during his brief career. With two underwhelming seasons, head coach Kevin Sumlin is feeling a little heat in College Station. Continue reading

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Former UCLA Bruin Jordan Payton hosts free football camp

Former UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton hosted his first-ever youth football camp this past weekend at his alma mater Oaks Christian High School. The Jordan Payton Youth Football Camp was a free football camp hosted by the recent NFL Draft pick. Payton, who went in the fifth round to the Cleveland Browns, invited several of his former UCLA teammates to help at the camp, including quarterback Josh Rosen and fellow receiver Eldridge Massington.

Here are some photos of the camp. All photos by Jeff Lewis Photography.

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UCLA finishes up Pac-12 Media Days

Here are some more scenes from UCLA’s time at Pac-12 Media Days.

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Links: Pac-12 Media Days wrap up

UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott speaks with the media at Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott speaks with the media at Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

Here are lots and lots of links for both days of Pac-12 Media Days and information on all 12 teams:

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UCLA football excited to get out of San Bernardino

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

The UCLA football team wrapped up Pac-12 Media Days on Friday looking forward to fall camp. For linebacker Jayon Brown, there’s one more reason than usual to be excited.

Unlike in past years, the Bruins will only be spending one week in San Bernardino instead of two. Head coach Jim Mora scheduled the first week of camp on UCLA’s campus before spending the final week at Cal State San Bernardino.

“That’s lovely,” Brown said of getting to stay in Westwood for a week of camp. “Everybody on the team I know is hyped up for that. The ‘Dino is hot and it’s dry and it’s not a lovely place. Sorry for all the people out there in the I.E.” Continue reading

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