UCLA links: Takkarist McKinley named one of college football’s funniest players

Takkarist McKinley (right) pressures quarterback Josh Rosen out of the pocket. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)

Takkarist McKinley (right) pressures quarterback Josh Rosen out of the pocket. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)

ESPN ranked the funniest players in college football and UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley checked in at No. 22. The senior notably tried to bribe former teammate Kenny Clark with sandwiches to stay at UCLA last year to no avail. McKinley is also the favorite social media follow (on Twitter at @D1BoundTakk) of offensive lineman Conor McDermott. 

Other links:

  • In case you missed it, here’s the beginning of the schedule preview: Texas A&M and UNLV
  • The News Gazette is ranking its top 50 teams with UCLA at No. 16. The newspaper is also predicting a Rose Bowl appearance for the Bruins.
  • Jordan Brevin, a four-star TE in the class of 2018, had UCLA in his top 10 last night

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: UNLV

In this Aug. 20, 2015, photo, UNLV head football coach Tony Sanchez speaks with a fellow coach during practice in Las Vegas. Sanchez has made the rare jump directly from coaching high school to a head coach position at a college program. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In this Aug. 20, 2015, photo, UNLV head football coach Tony Sanchez speaks with a fellow coach during practice in Las Vegas. Sanchez has made the rare jump directly from coaching high school to a head coach position at a college program. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ second opponent of the year, UNLV.

UCLA vs. UNLV
Saturday, Sept. 10 | Rose Bowl
5 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network

2015 in review

Head coach Tony Sanchez jumped from prep football powerhouse Bishop Gorman to UNLV in 2015, coaching the Rebels to a 3-9 record during his first year at the helm. It’s a very underwhelming record, but when compared to UNLV’s equally underwhelming history recently, it doesn’t look so bad. The three-win season marked only the second time since 2009 that the Rebels got more than two victories, and four of the losses were by seven or fewer points. UCLA got a 37-3 road victory over UNLV on Sept. 12 in which the Bruins racked up 526 total yards. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Texas A&M

Noel Mazzone took the offensive coordinator position at Texas A&M after leaving UCLA. (Scott Retzlaff /Texas A&M Athletics)

Noel Mazzone took the offensive coordinator position at Texas A&M after leaving UCLA. (Scott Retzlaff /Texas A&M Athletics)

With Pac-12 Media Days wrapping up last week, the beginning of the end of the long football-less summer approaches. UCLA starts fall camp in three weeks and until then, we’ll spend some time looking at each of UCLA’s 2016 opponents. Let’s take it from the top with Texas A&M:

UCLA at Texas A&M
Saturday, Sept. 3 | Kyle Field
12:30 p.m. PT, CBS

2015 in review:

Both UCLA and Texas A&M fumbled down the stretch last year. The Bruins lost three of their last four games. The Aggies, who started 5-0, lost three of their last five and landed at 8-5 overall (4-4 SEC). It was Texas A&M’s second straight eight-win season after Johnny Manziel vaulted the Aggies into the national spotlight during his brief career. With two underwhelming seasons, head coach Kevin Sumlin is feeling a little heat in College Station. Continue reading

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Former UCLA Bruin Jordan Payton hosts free football camp

Former UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton hosted his first-ever youth football camp this past weekend at his alma mater Oaks Christian High School. The Jordan Payton Youth Football Camp was a free football camp hosted by the recent NFL Draft pick. Payton, who went in the fifth round to the Cleveland Browns, invited several of his former UCLA teammates to help at the camp, including quarterback Josh Rosen and fellow receiver Eldridge Massington.

Here are some photos of the camp. All photos by Jeff Lewis Photography.

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UCLA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale to help kids see first college basketball game

Ann Meyers Drysdale is extending her influence on UCLA basketball. Having been named Chair of Hoops for Youth, she’ll lead a program that enables underprivileged children who have likely never seen college basketball in person to attend UCLA basketball games.

Myers Drysdale, a member of the UCLA 1978 national championship team, went on to a prolific career as a broadcaster and member of the front office for the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. She was the first woman to receive a four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA.

“UCLA basketball is in my blood,” Meyers Drysdale said. “I know how magical it is to be part of the tradition of UCLA basketball and I want others to have the opportunity to experience that tradition first-hand as well.” Continue reading

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