UCLA injury report: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner cleared for activity Wednesday

UCLA head coach Jim Mora watches over his team during football practice on the campus intramural field Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Westwood, CA. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora watches over his team during football practice on the campus intramural field Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Westwood, CA. Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer)

Links from Tuesday’s practice:

  • About facing Noel Mazzone and Eddie Vanderdoes‘ quest to find out who will be Texas A&M’s “panda”
  • Notebook on the run defense, Vanderdoes’ knee and Jim Mora‘s Twitter account
  • Videos of Mora, Vanderdoes and Jayon Brown

An injury report from Mora after Tuesday’s practice:

  • Defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner will be cleared for activity on Wednesday after recovering from appendicitis. He was at practice Tuesday, but not dressed and left the field early. He was treated with antibiotics as opposed to surgery. When he is cleared for activity, he will start on the stationary bike and will get on the field “as quickly as we can, barring a setback,” Mora said.
  • Fullback Cameron Griffin is making his way back from a concussion, but had a small setback after feeling light-headed last night following the exertion test.
  • Defensive end Deon Hollins returned to the field today, but was wearing a red non-contact jersey. Tuesday’s practice was a contact practice though (shoulder pads and shorts), so it was a light day for Hollins, who Mora added was “feeling really, really well.”
  • Offensive lineman Kenny Lacy started practicing, but had to finish practice on the stationary bike after feeling soreness in his knee. Mora said he’s not worried about Lacy moving forward.
  • Defensive end Takkarist McKinley was expected to return fully Monday, but is not fully recovered from the groin injury he suffered last week. Mora said he is feeling stiffness and soreness when moving laterally.
  • Defensive back Marcus Rios rode the bike at practice after injuring his foot. Mora thought Rios got his foot stepped on in practice and it shouldn’t be serious going forward.
  • Offensive lineman Paco Perez is still trying to get full strength back in his knee, especially during lateral movement.
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VIDEO: Jim Mora, Eddie Vanderdoes, Jayon Brown

Story from Tuesday’s practice about UCLA facing its former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

Notebook about the run defense, Eddie Vanderdoes and Jim Mora on Twitter.

Head coach Jim Mora talks about the beginning of prep for Texas A&M, getting out of camp mode and facing his old offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.


Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about his knee, stopping the run and that one play called “Panda.”


Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about getting ready for the season opener, going against Mazzone in the season opener and how the Bruins stay mentally sharp.

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UCLA links: Men’s basketball cruises to win in Australia

UCLA coach Steve Alford said this year's Bruins don't respond as well to "mental pressure" as last year's team. (David Crane/Staff)

UCLA coach Steve Alford praised his three freshmen after the Bruins blew out Sydney University in their exhibition game Tuesday. (David Crane/Staff)

Freshmen starred for the UCLA men’s basketball team in its 123-76 exhibition blowout victory over Sydney University on Tuesday.

UCLA’s trio of freshmen had 46 combined points with TJ Leaf leading the way with a team-high 21. Ike Anigbogu had 16 and Lonzo Ball had nine. Leaf added nine rebounds and Anigbogu had eight boards. Ball had four assists, two steals and two blocks.

“They were outstanding, all three of them – Ike, Lonzo and TJ,” head coach Steve Alford told UCLABruins.com. “We know what they can do. They came here in their first exhibition game and all three played very well.”

UCLA seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

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Video: Josh Rosen, Mike Fafaul, Devon Modster, Eldridge Massington

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Today was the start of the “game week” schedule, so, again, no more official practice reports. But here is a story for today about four Bruins who, I thought, helped their cases during training camp.

There’s a sidebar coming HERE about Mike Fafaul and his decision to stick it out in Westwood.

Here are videos from today’s practice of Josh Rosen, Fafaul, Devon Modster and Eldridge Massington:

Rosen talks about his training camp, this receivers and how he learned the playbook.


Fafaul talks about returning for his fifth year at UCLA, how the new offense has helped him and what he sees from the freshmen quarterbacks. You’ll unfortunately hear an extremely loud helicopter flying overhead in one part, thus drowning out Fafaul’s answer to a question about the receivers. Here’s what he said there: “I think they’re fantastic. They’ve had a great camp, all of them. To have Ishmael Adams on the offensive side of the ball is amazing. He had a terrific spring. Alex Van Dyke is really stepping up, Jordan Lasley, Eldridge Massington, they’re all playing phenomenal, I think.”


Devon Modster talks about learning the playbook, how the UCLA offense differs from what he’s run in the past and how Rosen helps him on the field.


Eldridge Massington talks about smoothing out the kinks in the offense, what each quarterback’s style is and how many people have asked him for tickets to UCLA’s season opener in his home state of Texas.

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UCLA lands quarterback commit for class of 2017

2017 quarterback Austin Burton flipped his commitment from Boston College to UCLA on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound pro-style QB is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN, and a two-star according to 247Sports.

Burton is UCLA’s first quarterback commit in the class of 2017 and eighth commit overall. The Bruins were targeting San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears, but he committed to Duke earlier this month.

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