Sixty-eight years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
To honor the him, the Bruins will wear “40s era”-inspired retro uniforms on April 16, the start of a three-game series against Cal. UCLA currently leads the Pac-12 with a 12-3 record (26-7 overall), and has yet to lose either a midweek game or a conference series.
Robinson’s No. 42 was already retired last fall through all of UCLA athletics. He lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track as a Bruin.
UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios once spent a month in the hospital due to a life-threatening fungal infection. Two years later, he’s back up to 185 pounds and an important part of the Bruins’ rotation of defensive backs.
– Josh Rosen missed Monday evening’s practice because he was attending a funeral, and the Bruins went back to the two-by-two quarterback rotation they had employed until Saturday. Asiantii Woulard took all of the first-team reps, while Jerry Neuheisel took the reins on the second string.
Woulard didn’t look as good as he did on Saturday, a performance that head coach Jim Mora called the best in the quarterback’s two-plus years at UCLA. He started off the day in a good rhythm, but began to devolve a bit in the latter half of what was a very long practice. He threw numerous interceptions, including a tipped ball that ended up in the hands of nose tackle Kenny Clark. Overall, I’d call his showing “pedestrian” at best.
Neuheisel didn’t have a great day either, and just doesn’t seem like a viable candidate to win the starting spot due to his lack of arm strength. Continue reading →
Head coach Jim Mora talked after UCLA’s practice on Monday, touching on the Bruins’ ongoing quarterbacks race and redshirt sophomore Asiantii Woulard.
“It was the best day he’s had since he’s been here, Saturday,” Mora said. “He looked comfortable. Tonight, he backed it up with another really good practice. Not perfect, but a lot better. Things are moving in the right direction at that position.”
Mora also talked about the secondary, including the development of cornerback Marcus Rios, as well as receiver Jordan Lasley’s “quick trigger.”