Spring practice day 14: Almost showtime

Josh Rosen scrambles away from pressure during practice. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Josh Rosen scrambles away from pressure during practice. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

 

There is a notebook coming HERE focused on Cordell Broadus’ return to the team and Jim Mora’s support of Dan Guerrero in the satellite camp controversy.

Here are video interviews with Broadus, Mora, Mique Juarez, Lokeni Toailoa, JJ Molson, Takkarist McKinley and Nick Terry.

Here is a photo gallery from the day with shots from our photographer Thomas R. Cordova.

Here are notes and observations from the day:

— It was a pretty even practice between offense and defense. Both sides made some good plays. Unlike Monday’s no-pad practice, Thursday’s had some good energy and competition. It was the last practice before Saturday’s Spring Showcase.

Eldridge Massington built off of a good practice on Wednesday and added some great catches Thursday. He made a diving catch on third down, a leaping catch also on third down, and a one-handed snag for a long touchdown. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Early enrollees meet with the media after second-to-last spring practice

Lots of videos today: We had the UCLA media debuts for many early enrollees. In total, we have freshmen Mique Juarez, Lokeni Toailoa and JJ Molson, junior college transfers Takkarist McKinley, who transferred in the middle of 2014 last season (whoops), and Nick Terry, and redshirt freshman Cordell Broadus.

Jim Mora also stopped by to talk about Saturday’s Spring Showcase and the Dan Guerrero controversy.

Hit the jump for all the videos

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NCAA releases academic progress rates

All of UCLA’s athletic teams were well above the minimum to avoid penalty when the NCAA released its latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers Wednesday.

UCLA football was fourth in the Pac-12 in multiyear APR with a four-year average of 972 (out of a perfect 1000). Utah and Stanford tied for the top spot with an APR of 983. The football team’s 2014-15 APR was 963.

Head coach Jim Mora, per the contract extension he received in 2013, gets a bonus of $25,000 for the team’s APR, which was higher than 930 for the 2014-15 year.

In men’s basketball, Utah and Stanford both had perfect multiyear APRs of 1000 to lead the conference. The UCLA men’s basketball team was seventh in the conference with a multiyear APR of 962. UCLA’s score for the 2014-15 season was 942.

The mark, which exceeded the 930 score denoted in men’s basketball head coach Steve Alford’s 2014 contract extension, earns the coach a $10,000 bonus. The extension changed the APR requirement from 925 in his original contract to 930, and, according to the L.A. Times, the change was the only thing in the extension that survived when Alford returned the deal following this season’s 15-17 result.

For the other sports, men’s volleyball, men’s water polo and women’s golf led the Bruins with perfect 1000 multiyear APR scores. No team was lower had a four-year average than 960, with men’s basketball having the lowest APR at UCLA.

More about how APR is calculated, per NCAA.

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UCLA AD Dan Guerrero voted incorrectly in satellite camp decision, Pac-12 commissioner says

Dan Guerrero, Athletic Director, UCLA. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/L.A. Daily

Dan Guerrero, Athletic Director, UCLA. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/L.A. Daily

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote,” in the decision that banned satellite camps earlier this month, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel at the annual College Football Playoff meetings on Wednesday.

Guerrero, on behalf of the Pac-12, voted in favor of banning the camps, thus prohibiting coaches to participate in camps outside of their own practice facilities. The vote passed 10-5, with the votes from the five power conferences counting twice.

After the decision, which took place on April 8, Guerrero sent the following email to his fellow Pac-12 athletic directors, per Andy Staples:

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PHOTOS: Day 13 of UCLA spring practice

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Click the photo above (or here) for a photo gallery of Wednesday’s practice from photographer Brad Graverson.

Above, from clockwise from upper left: tight end Austin Roberts; running back Bolu Olorunfunmi; wide receiver Stephen Johnson III; quarterback Josh Rosen.

Also from Day 13:

Soon to come HERE is a notebook coming about Theo Howard, who made his media debut Wednesday, and the returns of Mique Juarez and Josh Woods.

Here are video interviews with Howard, Woods, Deon Hollins and Cameron Judge.

Here is the practice report for the day.

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