Video: J.J. Molson, Austin Kent, Johnny Den Bleyker

Kicker J.J. Molson talks about his mental preparation for Texas A&M.


Punter Austin Kent talks about his role in helping UCLA turn around its punting struggles.


Long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker talks about how he ended up as a long snapper and what it’s like working with two other freshman specialists.

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Video: Lokeni Toailoa and Boss Tagaloa

Linebacker Lokeni Toailoa talks about the freshman class, competing with Isaako Savaiinaea and Kenny Young at middle linebacker and the importance of enrolling early for spring.


Defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa talks about working with the senior defensive linemen, taking reps with the No. 1 group and how the freshman class is doing.

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By the numbers countdown to kickoff: 10 days

Tight end Nate Iese. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/The Sun, SCNG)

Tight end Nate Iese could be a big factor in how the Bruins plan to replace Thomas Duarte’s red zone production last year. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/The Sun, SCNG)

Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.

10 RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS SCORED BY THOMAS DUARTE LAST YEAR

Thomas Duarte was UCLA’s main red zone target last season as he led the team with 10 receiving touchdowns. The hybrid receiver gave up his final year of eligibility in favor of the NFL, which left a gaping 6-foot-3, 221-pound hole in the UCLA offense.

Other than Duarte, no Bruin caught more than five touchdown passes from quarterback Josh Rosen. Jordan Payton was second on the team with five, followed by three from Devin Fuller. Both are now in the NFL.

Of UCLA’s returning receivers, only Darren Andrews and Kenneth Walker III caught a touchdown pass, each hauling in one last year. Running back Nate Starks also caught one last year.

While the entire receiving corps focuses on finding a replacement for Payton, the UCLA leader in career receptions, the tight ends could also help fill Duarte’s production. Tight end Nate Iese emerged as a receiving threat for the Bruins during training camp and could be a good target for Rosen.

“He’s big, he’s athletic,” Rosen said of Iese. “If you were to create a football player in Madden, I’m pretty sure a lot of his physical attributes would be on there.”

Freshmen Caleb Wilson and Jordan Wilson also impressed during fall camp. At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Jordan Wilson provides a big target that UCLA hasn’t seen in recent years at tight end, head coach Jim Mora said.

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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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