Linebacker Aaron Wallace and fullback Aaron Porter are not enrolled at UCLA for spring quarter, a school spokesperson said Thursday. They will miss spring practices, and their status will be reevaluated after the quarter.
Head coach Jim Mora said this week that Wallace, who watched Tuesday’s practice in street clothes, needed to sort out “things with school.” The 6-foot-2, 240-pound redshirt junior started a game at outside linebacker last season, and was in the mix to claim a spot there opposite rising sophomore Myles Jack. His absence should lock up the spot for junior Kenny Orjioke, who was already taking first-team reps this week.
Porter was buried on the depth chart last season and seemed a likely candidate to eventually transfer. He had been a four-star prospect in 2012 as a middle linebacker.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley said this week that his offseason work was focused in the film room, where he tried to understand the reasons behind both offensive and defensive schemes. He also sought advice from current and former NFL quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Tim Tebow.
A former sports agent alleges that he paid former UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt with the hopes of signing him.
Noah Lookofsky told SB Nation that he began paying Honeycutt and his mother Lisa Stazel while the 6-foot-9 forward was preparing to enter his senior season at Sylmar High — eventually spending $55,800 on a player that eventually spurned him before becoming a second-round NBA draft pick.
Lookofsky provided SB Nation with documents and emails to support claims of payments for apartment rentals, flights, and the purchase of a Dodge Magnum. The relationship extended to spring of 2011, and potentially make Honeycutt ineligible for his entire UCLA career. Continue reading →
After sitting out all of last season following two hip surgeries, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa said he feels fully healthy heading into his senior season. The former five-star recruit will fill in the starting spot vacated by Cassius Marsh. Odighizuwa talked about his health, as well as a more specialized role on the defensive line.
In the three months that followed one of the more remarkable collegiate debuts of the past decade, Myles Jack is ready for round two.
After winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year on both sides of the ball, the UCLA linebacker is 10 pounds heavier — up to what he said is a comfortable 230. He has tried to improve his pass-rushing after a one-sack season, working with offensive linemen Caleb Benenoch and Kenny Lacy three to four times a week through the winter. And he is ready to fill the void left by All-American Anthony Barr. Continue reading →
– This was UCLA’s starting offensive line today: left tackle Caleb Benenoch, left guard Scott Quessenberry, center Jake Brendel, right guard Alex Redmond and right tackle Poasi Moala.
With Torian White dismissed from the team and starting left tackle Simon Goines still recovering from a broken leg, four-fifths of the first-string line now hails from the 2013 signing class.
Moala is the only one who has no game experience, but Brendel called the freshman one of the more athletic tackles he’d ever seen. Moala also improved his body more than any other lineman did over the winter workouts, according to Mora. Continue reading →
UCLA has dismissed offensive lineman Torian White, head coach Jim Mora announced today.
White was arrested on Nov. 17 on suspicion of sexual assault, and remains under investigation despite being released from jail three days later. He had been suspended indefinitely since then.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle started four games last season before a leg injury, and also started 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012. The Bruins started three true freshmen on the offensive line after also losing tackle Simon Goines to a leg injury, but dropped its sacks allowed from 52 (in 2012) to 36.
As the action kicks off at Spaulding Field, here’s a quick rundown of every position group.
Quarterback — Not much to worry about here. Brett Hundley has the No. 1 spot locked down, and the inconsistencies that sometimes plagued him last season likely won’t be tested sufficiently in a practice situation. Asiantii Woulard is the heir apparent, and has the chance to show how much he’s refined his pocket presence since his redshirt season.
Receivers — Devin Fuller, Jordan Payton and Devin Lucien each bring different skill sets to the starting lineup, but it’s Lucien that might be most interesting to watch. Though his focus can drift sometimes, he has the athleticism to make dazzling plays. Eldridge Massington could be in for a breakout spring if his knee is fully healthy. Thomas Duarte will build on a promising freshman season at Y-receiver, and should become an efficient red-zone weapon. Continue reading →
Nearly two months ago, head coach Jim Mora said that despite a few recruiting misses, he wasn’t backing away from “big fish.”
That goes for the schedule too. UCLA announced today that it will play a home-and-home series with LSU in 2021 and 2024, starting in the Rose Bowl before going to Baton Rouge three years later. Granted, Mora might not even be in Los Angeles by then — his contract extends through 2019 — but he’s clearly trying to set the Bruins up as a perennial power.
In the past six months, UCLA has also scheduled home-home series with Texas A&M (2016/2017), Oklahoma (2018/2019), and Michigan (2022/2023).
Here is the nonconference slate for the next decade (!), though several dates are still TBA: