UCLA to break ground on football, basketball practice facilities

UCLA will break ground on its new football and basketball practice facilities in August, less than two years after fundraising first began.

An official ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 for both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center, west of Spaulding Field and southwest of Pauley Pavilion. Football and basketball head coaches Jim Mora, Steve Alford and Cori Close will be present, as will donors Casey Wasserman and Mo Ostin.

“This is confirmation that UCLA will continue as the premier intercollegiate athletics program in the nation while remaining a force to be reckoned with well into the future,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. Continue reading

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Four UCLA players highlight Lombardi Award watch list

As preseason watch lists continue to drown each other out, the Lombardi Award is trying a new way to distinguish itself: including as many names as it can find.

If such lists are intended as a guideline for award voters heading into the season, this committee won’t get much help from the bloated 145-man roster — a number that more than doubles the size of many other watch lists.

So the fact that four UCLA players are on the radar for the Lombardi Award — given to the top offensive or defensive lineman, or linebacker — is not overly surprising. Linebacker Myles Jack (who also made the Butkus Award watch list today) and defensive linemen Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes are the Bruin defense’s most valuable players. Each of them will finish the season with at least an all-conference nod.

The one UCLA name on the list that could raise an eyebrow is offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch. While the junior has started 22 games at right tackle, he is not as irreplaceable on the line as center Jake Brendel or left tackle Conor McDermott.

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UCLA’s Fabian Moreau, Ishmael Adams watch-listed for Jim Thorpe Award

UCLA’s Fabian Moreau and Ishmael Adams have both made the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country.

Moreau was also named on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy for top defensive player. Once talked about as an All-America candidate by both the media and head coach Jim Mora, he heads into his final season having been closer to good than great. He made 53 tackles and defended eight passes last fall, earning an All-Pac-12 second – team nod.

While Moreau still has a high ceiling, Adams’ stock slipped a bit this past spring camp. Marcus Rios passed Adams for a first-string cornerback spot, likely pushing him to a nickelback role.

Adams, a dangerous kick returner, was also named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award for most versatile player.

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UCLA football announces preseason camp schedule at CSUSB

UCLA is holding its fourth straight preseason camp at Cal State San Bernardino next month, and the team released its full practice schedule today.

Each session will last approximately two hours, although the times are subject to change. Parking will be available for $5 at lots G and H.

Monday, Aug. 10 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 13 – 3 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 14 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15 – 8:30 a.m./5:45 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16 – Off
Monday, Aug. 17 – 8:30 a.m./5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 – 8:30 a.m./5:45 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 20 – 11:15 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 21 – 8:30 a.m./5:45 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22 – 11:15 a.m. (Fan Appreciation)

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Five UCLA players named to Outland, Nagurski Trophy watch lists

While preseason award watch lists don’t mean much, it’s fitting that Kenny Clark got spots on two of them this morning.

One of UCLA’s most valuable players, the junior defensive tackle made lists for both the Outland Trophy — for best lineman on either side — and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, for college football’s best defensive player.

He was joined in the former category by senior center Jake Brendel, who was also listed for the Rimington Trophy this week, as well as fellow defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes.

The two other Bruins watch-listed for the Nagurski were linebacker Myles Jack and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

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