Darnay Holmes represents Pasadena, fallen friend Darius Smith

Darnay Holmes works through drills during training camp. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)

Darnay Holmes left Pasadena for high school, but the star freshman cornerback has always stayed loyal to his hometown. He’ll soon make his collegiate debut in the city that raised him.

Pasadena produced defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin as well as fellow UCLA defensive backs Elijah Gates and Octavius Spencer. Martin says they were all “cut from the same cloth” woven in a small, but proud athletic city.

“I think to be honest, we produce the best athletes in Cali,” said Gates, who played pop warner football with Holmes in Pasadena. “We have that drive to be great.”

Holmes, who is leading the competition for a starting cornerback role, has gotten off to a great start at UCLA, but it’s only the beginning for the 19 year old.

More on Holmes, his hometown and his “little brother” Darius Smith.

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UCLA football training camp day 14: Christian Pabico seizes moment

Christian Pabico hauls in a pass during practice on Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG)

After three years of being a loyal scout-team member, Christian Pabico is finally getting his chance. The walk-on receiver has turned into a star of training camp, rising from fourth string to potential starter in two weeks.

He’s worked with the No. 1 offense since the sixth day of practice. He catches the ball consistently. He runs the right routes. He knows the playbook. He does everything right and that’s why everyone on his team loves him.

“It’s the fourth year for him and a lot of the walk-ons battle their butts off every single day,” quarterback Josh Rosen said. “He kind of waited for this shot patiently for years and here it is and he’s seizing the moment.”

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