By the numbers countdown to kickoff: 7 days

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen #3 fumbled the ball and USC Trojans defensive tackle Rasheem Green #94 picked it up and ran it in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. USC defeated UCLA 40-21 in a cross town rivalry at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. 11/28/2015 (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen #3 fumbles while being sacked against USC. USC  defensive tackle Rasheem Green recovered it and in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.

10 receiving touchdowns scored by Thomas Duarte last year, which led the team
9 returning starters on defense
8th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense last year

7 SECOND-HALF TURNOVERS FOR JOSH ROSEN LAST YEAR

Although quarterback Josh Rosen set a school record for consecutive passes without an interception (245) last year, he said his main goal heading into his sophomore season is taking better care of the football.

He had 13 total turnovers last year (11 interceptions, two fumbles), with seven of them coming in the second half of games. A reminder of when Rosen’s turnovers occurred during each game:

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In the first seven games of the season, Rosen turned the ball over six times, but only twice in the second half. In the last six games of the season, five of Rosen’s six turnovers occurred in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter of games.

Rosen’s 11 interceptions the most among top nation’s top true freshman quarterbacks last year and the second-most for starting quarterbacks in the Pac-12, trailing only Cal’s Jared Goff, who threw 13. When comparing pass attempts and interception, Washington State’s Luke Falk proved to be the most efficient quarterback in the conference, throwing 80.5 passes to every interception. Rosen threw 44.3 passes to each interception.

Here’s how all the starting quarterbacks in the conference stacked up last year:

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UCLA practice links: Almost game week

Linebacker Jayon Brown runs drills at practice in San Bernardino. Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun

Linebacker Jayon Brown runs drills at practice in San Bernardino. Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun

Main story from Friday’s practice: The Bruins might be a little tired, but are looking forward to game week

Notebook about the running back competition, the No. 1 jersey and the loudest stadium Kennedy Polamalu has ever coached in.

Video interviews with Polamalu and DC Tom Bradley.

Personnel notes from practice:

  • From the portion of practice that was open to the media, we only saw Marcus Moore standing on the sideline. Everyone else was going through walk-throughs. I also want to point out the obvious and say that that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone else is completely healthy.
  • Bradley said defensive end Takkarist McKinley was limited in practice, although it wasn’t completely due to injury. Bradley said he wanted to give some of the younger players reps and McKinley already knew many of the concepts the team was going over in practice Friday.
  • Bradley added that he expects Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (appendicitis) back on Monday. The defensive lineman was cleared for activity on Wednesday and did some drills on the field Friday, Bradley said.
  • Tight end Austin Roberts (concussion) was at practice.
  • The defense got its chance in the white game jerseys Friday after the offense took its turn Thursday.
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VIDEO: Kennedy Polamalu and Tom Bradley

Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu talks about how the team spent the past week, how he hopes UCLA will handle playing in Kyle Field and the loudest stadium he’s ever coached in.


Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talks about the run defense, what he looks for when watching tape and what he expects to face from Noel Mazzone.

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By the numbers countdown to kickoff: 8 days

Photo by Frank Perez/Correspondent

Photo by Frank Perez/Correspondent

Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.

8TH IN THE PAC-12 IN RUSHING DEFENSE LAST YEAR

The Bruins were ranked eighth in the conference in rushing defense (198.5 yards allowed per game) last year with major losses to Stanford and Nebraska all due to the team’s inability to stop the run.

Stanford racked up 311 rushing yards against the Bruins while Nebraska, which finished the season with a losing 6-7 record, had 326 in the Foster Farms Bowl.

UCLA hopes that concentrating on run fits and proper technique, combined with a switch to a 4-3 formation will fix last year’s woes. So far, they’re encouraged by the results in practice.

Going against Kennedy Polamalu’s offense also helps the defense prepare to face Stanford’s powerful running game again this season.

“Practice now is much more physical,” defensive lineman Rick Wade said. “It’s much different, it’s completely different. So seeing the double teams, seeing the fullbacks, seeing the tight ends, it really does help us and I think it will translate into the season.”

Here’s a reminder of how the defense performed each game against the run.

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UCLA practice links: Bruins debut new jerseys

UCLA's Eldridge Massington #82 during football practice at Spaulding Field on the UCLA campus Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

UCLA’s Eldridge Massington #82 during football practice at Spaulding Field on the UCLA campus Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Main story from practice about the eight Bruins making homecomings in Texas next week.

Notebook about how the young specialists are growing together and new uniforms (!)

Part 2 of countdown to kickoff: 9 days

Video interviews with Jim Mora, Soso Jamabo, Ishmael Adams and Nate Iese

A few personnel notes from Thursday’s practice

  • Paco Perez, Audie Omotosho, Alex Van Dyke, Kahlil Muhammad, Marcus Moore, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Adams worked out on the sideline. Dymond Lee joined them after warming up.
  • Deon Hollins (concussion) experienced a set-back yesterday at practice.
  • Austin Roberts has been gone for a few days with a concussion as well. Mora is hoping to get him back Monday.
  • Kenny Lacy (knee) and Takkarist McKinley (groin) was on the field today.
  • Still no Cameron Griffin.
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