UCLA practice links: Leaving the past behind

UCLA running back Nate Starks played for the first time in three games last week against BYU. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

UCLA running back Nate Starks played for the first time in three games last week against BYU. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

UCLA hasn’t beaten Stanford in eight tries. UCLA head coach Jim Mora hasn’t beaten the Cardinal during his tenure.

The past against Stanford has not been friendly to the Bruins in recent years, but they’re trying not to let it affect their future on Saturday.

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Video: Josh Rosen, Nate Starks, Rick Wade, Darren Andrews

Quarterback Josh Rosen talks about facing Stanford, why he struggled against BYU and finding rhythm with Darren Andrews.

Running back Nate Starks talks about coming back after missing two games, the potential of the entire running backs group and handling Stanford’s defense.

Defensive lineman Rick Wade talks about his first career sack, going against Stanford’s jumbo package and the progression of the defensive line.

Wide receiver Darren Andrews talks about who gets to be McCaffrey in practice and turning into a go-to guy.

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UCLA practice links: Freshmen finding their ways in college

Freshman Theo Howard matches up with safety Jaleel Wadood during practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Freshman Theo Howard matches up with safety Jaleel Wadood during practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Freshmen adjust to college life in different ways and different speeds. Many UCLA fans were expecting to see both Mique Juarez and Theo Howard with significant playing time at this point in the season and for different reasons, it hasn’t happened.

Juarez spoke about why he’s been absent for the past six weeks and said he does intend to return to the program in the future.

Meanwhile, receivers coach Eric Yarber said Howard is coming along, but just needs more time to hone his skills. The team has a special package of plays for Howard that will help build his confidence, which will then lead to success, Yarber hopes.

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Personnel notes:

  • Takkarist McKinley (groin) was on the sideline at practice today. He reaggravated his groin injury against BYU, but stayed in the game until he was later shaken up again. He walked off the field after the incident and head coach Jim Mora said the senior defensive end was OK. McClure expects McKinley to play Saturday.
  • Boss Tagaloa (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, but McClure is unsure of the freshman’s status for Saturday. He will be further evaluated at the week goes on. Tagaloa missed the game against BYU.
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