I went on Portland’s 750 The Game today to talk a bit of UCLA football with Fletcher Johnson, who was filling in for John Canzano. My portion lasts until about the 11-minute mark.
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
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.
– 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
UCLA third baseman Chris Keck is out for the season with a blood clot in his arm, the school announced today.
The junior had started 34 games in the infield before sitting out the Bruins’ recent weekend series at Utah. Keck, who hit .215 with 10 RBI, will likely be replaced by redshirt senior Aaron Weimer.
It’s yet another hit to a UCLA roster that has limped through the 2014 season, sitting at 21-16 overall and 9-6 for fifth place in the Pac-12. Continue reading
Shortly after Jim Mora called him a potential All-American and future first-round NFL draft pick, rising junior cornerback Fabian Moreau offered a more measured take on his development in UCLA’s defensive backfield.
– 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
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.