Eldridge Massington, Matt Lynch after practice April 20

Receiver Eldridge Massington talks about the deal he made with his coaches to not go to the track on his off days anymore, the difference with the new coaching staff and moving on after last year’s disappointment.

Quarterback Matt Lynch talks about the backup competition, what he learned while he was redshirting and how he’s changed his throwing motion.

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UCLA basketball 2017 report card: Ike Anigbogu

UCLA’s Ike Anigbogu didn’t earn the playing time expected of scout.com’s No. 17 recruit in the country last season. (Brian Rothmuller/Getty Images)

Strengths: Ike Anigbogu’s current situation perfectly illustrates the exceptional athletic ability of the UCLA freshman center. Despite averaging a pedestrian 4.7 points and 4 rebounds, the obvious potential he possesses could land him alone side some of college basketball’s elite in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft. He is more than six months shy of his 19th birthday, but he has the muscle tone of an NFL strong safety. He is at least 6-foot-10, but looks vastly different than the majority of gangly basketball players at his position. By the end of the season, Anigbogu’s off-the-charts body and athleticism were translating to a high level of defense on the court.

Weaknesses: Anigbogu was the very last offensive option in UCLA’s eight-man rotation last season. He didn’t get much opportunity to develop his skills on that end of the court, but it doesn’t mean Anigbogu doesn’t have the ability to score using more than just brute strength and leaping ability. He averaged 17 points per game as a senior in high school and showed glimpses of having soft hands and nice touch around the basket. It’s apparent that he is lacking polish at the offensive end, where he was most effective catching lob passes.

Best moment: Anigbogu started the season slow after a knee injury, but his coming out party happened on a grand stage. Continue reading “UCLA basketball 2017 report card: Ike Anigbogu” »

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UCLA spring football day 9: Mossi Johnson carves out role on defense

Mossi Johnson is making a move from receiver to defensive back this spring. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

Mossi Johnson has tried several times to switch to defensive back at UCLA, but his latest attempt may be the one that finally sticks as the rising senior hasn’t put on his blue offensive practice jersey since the second day of spring practice.

Coaches and players are excited about Johnson’s progression on the defensive side of the ball where he works at nickel and safety and brings his signature blend of toughness and positivity.

More on Johnson’s transformation from receiver to defensive back.

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Here are notes/observations for the day: Continue reading “UCLA spring football day 9: Mossi Johnson carves out role on defense” »

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