UCLA head coach Jim Mora talked about receiver Mossi Johnson’s season-ending knee injury, his history with David Shaw, and the Bruins’ preparation for their Thursday night game at Stanford.
UCLA center Tony Parker and forward Gyorgy Goloman are both currently being evaluated for foot and leg injuries, respectively.
The severity of the injuries are still unclear, but Parker is currently wearing a boot over his left foot as a precautionary measure. The senior started 33 games last season and appeared in one more off the bench, averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Goloman played in 35 games as a freshman reserve, averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.
The Bruins host an exhibition game against Cal State Los Angeles on Oct. 30, then open their season against Monmouth on Nov. 13.
UCLA receiver Mossi Johnson is out for the season after tearing multiple knee ligaments, head coach Jim Mora confirmed Sunday.
The sophomore made eight catches for 41 yards in the Bruins’ first three games, and also played sparingly at safety the past two weeks. Mora said Johnson tore his ACL, MCL and PCL during one-on-one drills last week, but wasn’t sure which knee the receiver injured.
The Crenshaw High grad tore ligaments in his left knee back in January 2013, which forced him to delay his enrollment at UCLA until the following year. He caught 23 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown as a freshman. Bruin Report Online first reported news of Johnson’s injury.
Johnson is the fourth player that UCLA has lost for the season, following defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (ACL), linebacker Myles Jack (meniscus), and cornerback Fabian Moreau (foot).
Q: Some people have suggested that Myles Jack’s decision to leave the team and focus on the draft will hurt him because it shows he isn’t a “team player”. Isn’t that the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard?
A: Oh, I’ve heard dumber things. No one can question Myles Jack’s talent or potential, and he has a good chance to be a first-round pick even with his knee injury — which isn’t one that should severely limit him by the time he has to prove himself in pre-draft workouts. But is maturity a potential knock on Jack? Probably. It’s not that dropping out of school after a season-ending injury is so shocking in an of itself. I think Jack is better off focusing on rehabbing and training for the NFL draft, but front offices could certainly ask whether or not he could have waited until the end of the season to declare. Take that in context with his being ejected in three straight training camps — with the latest incident occurring in front of NFL scouts — and I don’t think it’s a complete non-factor. (I think those displays were also indicative of why he wasn’t voted a team captain despite his considerable abilities.)
Still, talent wins out in the end. Washington dismissed cornerback Marcus Peters last season, far more serious than anything Jack has done at UCLA. Peters was still taken No. 18 overall this past spring.
Q: What position do you think Myles Jack will play in the NFL? Outside linebacker? Strong safety?
A: I think he’ll stay at outside linebacker, maybe in a 4-3 scheme. His coverage ability is his best attribute, and that’s a premium skill at linebacker in today’s NFL. I think keeping him in the front seven is a better way to utilize his versatility, but he’s certainly a viable candidate to play strong safety too. It might depend on what the team that drafts him needs more badly.
Q: Who do you think will follow Myles to the NFL after this season? Will it be Kenny Clark or Eddie Vanderdoes or both? Continue reading
UCLA has suspended punter Adam Pearl indefinitely after his arrest Thursday on suspicion of rape.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Searl was arrested after “an exhaustive investigation” that lasted nearly a year, and was done in conjunction with UCLA PD. The 20-year-old was arrested at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday and booked on three counts of rape. He was released at 10:44 p.m. the same day on $300,000 bail.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”
The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. Continue reading