UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams arrested for robbery

UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams has been arrested on suspicion of robbery on campus. His bail is set at $100,000.

Adams was taken into custody at 3:36 a.m. on Sunday, and according to UCLA, allegedly used force to take a cell phone away from an Uber driver.

“We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather information,” a UCLA spokesperson said in a statement. “As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Adams is set to make his first appearance in court on Tuesday. The Daily Bruin first reported the news of his arrest.

The redshirt junior was the lone Bruin to make the All-Pac-12 first-team defense last season, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. He was set to play mostly at nickelback this season. Adams also returned 26 kickoffs for 591 yards and a touchdown.

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First look: No. 13 UCLA vs. Virginia

No. 13 UCLA Bruins vs. Virginia Cavaliers
Kickoff:
Saturday, Sept. 5, 12:35 p.m., Rose Bowl
TV: FOX (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Kris Budden)
Radio: AM 570 (Bill Roth, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)

Scouting report: The Cavaliers only had 17 sacks in 2012. Since defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta arrived the following year, they’ve totaled 61. When he was a linebackers coach at North Carolina State (2010-12), the Wolfpack averaged more than 38 per season. … Virginia linebackers Daquan Romero, Henry Coley and Max Valles totaled 33 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. All three are gone this season. … None of the team’s starting quarterbacks have finished a season completing more than 61 percent of their passes since 2008. … Mike London has gone 23-38 as head coach, hitting .500 just once in five seasons. His contract runs through Dec. 7, 2016.

Key players:

QB Matt Johns, Jr., 6-5, 210 — 89/162, 1,109 yards, 8 TD, 5 INT, 107 rush yards, 1 TD
– Only saw significant action in five games last season, but won the starting job in spring and forced incumbent starter Greyson Lambert to transfer. His best game remains his career debut: a 154-yard, two-touchdown performance against UCLA a year ago.

RB Taquan Mizzell, Jr., 5-10, 200 — 64 carries, 280 yards, 2 TD, 39 catches, 271 yards
– Nicknamed “Smoke,” which is still sort of appropriate given that Mizzell has been nearly nonexistent through two college seasons. Still, despite not having topped 500 career rushing yards, the former five-star recruit is the most proven member of the Virginia backfield. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: DirecTV having ‘fruitful’ discussions with Pac-12 Networks

» DirecTV reportedly began testing a signal for Pac-12 Networks earlier this week, and it appears that AT&T’s acquisition of the satellite provider is finally ending this long stalemate.

» Stanford and Cal stand on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to opening up practices.

» Utah coach Kyle Whittingham hasn’t missed a workout day since July 1, 2008.

» At least one doctor disagrees with how USC is handling Steve Sarkisian’s behavior.

» Vernon Adams only needed two weeks at Oregon to win the Ducks’ starting quarterback job. Continue reading

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How Josh Rosen became UCLA’s starting quarterback

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11).(Will Lester/Staff)

UCLA named Josh Rosen (3) its starting quarterback this week, picking the true freshman over redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel (11). (Will Lester/Staff)

Two days ago, UCLA officially named Josh Rosen its starting quarterback, tying up the one loose end in the Bruins’ offseason storyline. A week from now, when their season opens against Virginia at the Rose Bowl, all eyes will be on the true freshman out of Bellflower St. John Bosco.

Here’s a look back at the five-star recruit’s path to the top of the depth chart, starting from his verbal commitment over a year ago.

March 20, 2014 — The scene from Rosen’s commitment to UCLA at St. John Bosco, a ceremony that saw him pull out three Bruin hats.

Aug. 8, 2014 — Our comprehensive look at what makes Rosen tick, featuring graphics and video.

Dec. 13, 2014 — Rosen is named the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team Player of the Year.

Feb. 3, 2015 — UCLA prepares for a National Signing Day, but its biggest prize has already been secured. Continue reading

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