Mique Juarez speaks about pressure, future with UCLA

Freshman linebacker Mique Juarez took some snaps with the first team defense on Saturday. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Freshman linebacker Mique Juarez said he intends to return to the UCLA football team in the future. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

So here’s the Mique Juarez update: He’ll be back. Not sure when at this point, but he does plan to be back. He said he’s currently working with a psychiatrist who is helping him work out his personal issues and he’s planning to start classes this week.

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Video: Tom Bradley, Eric Yarber, Angus McClure

Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talks about the progress of the defense, his group’s performance against BYU and the role the secondary plays in the pass rush.

Receivers coach Eric Yarber talks about Darren Andrews, Jordan Lasley and Theo Howard.

Defensive line coach Angus McClure talks about stopping Christian McCaffrey, Matt Dickerson and how stopping BYU affected the mentality of the defense.

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UCLA practice links: Bruins start preparing for Stanford, McCaffrey

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) runs past UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams (1) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) runs past UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams (1) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

It’s Stanford week, friends. It’s one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – game of the season for the Bruins considering the Cardinal’s recent reign over the conference and UCLA’s offseason pledge to become a more physical team. If the Bruins are to succeed in this game, then they’ll have to shut down running back Christian McCaffrey.

Head coach Jim Mora said Monday “it’s not even arguable that (McCaffrey is) the top player in college football.”

More on UCLA’s preparation for the Stanford superstar.

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Keep your options open for UCLA’s home game against Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 1. The kickoff time was pushed to a six-day selection by the Pac-12 and its TV partners and is still up in the air. It can be 5:30 p.m. on FOX, 6:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks or 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Oregon-Washington State and USC-Arizona State are the other Pac-12 games in contention for those time slots. FOX picks its game first, followed by ESPN. The Pac-12 Networks get the last game.

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First look: Stanford at UCLA

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) stiff-arms UCLA linebacker Kenny Young (42) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) stiff-arms UCLA linebacker Kenny Young (42) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

UCLA Bruins (2-1) vs. Stanford Cardinal (2-0)
Kickoff: Saturday, 5 p.m. PT, Rose Bowl
TV: ABC
Radio: AM 570

Scouting report: Stanford is still Stanford, the bully on the Pac-12 block. The Cardinal are coming off a methodical dismantling of USC in which Christian McCaffrey had 165 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing). The running back leads the conference in rushing (149 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (235.0 yards per game). Stanford has wins over Kansas State and USC this season. Through two games, the Cardinal have been penalized only seven times for 61 yards. They are the least penalized team in the conference in yards per game. The Bruins rank fifth in the Pac-12 with 46.7 penalty yards per game. Continue reading

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Video: Matt Dickerson, Bolu Olorunfunmi, Cameron Griffin and Scott Quessenberry

Defensive lineman Matt Dickerson talks about containing Christian McCaffrey, how the defense feels coming off a good game against BYU and his move back to the inside of the defensive line.

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about what went wrong in the running game against BYU, what he appreciates about McCaffrey and testing the team’s physicality against Stanford.

Fullback Cameron Griffin talks about coming back from his concussion, catching his first touchdown and playing Stanford.

Center Scott Quessenberry talks about improving in the run game, quarterback Josh Rosen and starting Pac-12 play.

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