UCLA football links: Quessenberry, Roberts on Rimington, Mackey watch lists

UCLA’s Austin Roberts makes a catch as he beats Arizona State’s Maurice Chandler during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Among a deep group of tight ends, it’s Austin Roberts that’s gained some national recognition as the junior was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List on Tuesday. The Mackey Award is given to the nation’s best tight end. Marcedes Lewis won the award in 2005, which is the only time a UCLA player was has won it.

Roberts had 15 receptions for 261 yards and a touchdown last year, close to fellow returning tight end Caleb Wilson‘s numbers. Wilson, a one-time USC walk-on, had 16 catches for 220 yards.

After he made it on to the Rimington Trophy’s summer watch list, redshirt senior Scott Quessenberry made the cut for the award’s fall list, which was released Tuesday. The Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top center, has a 70-man fall watch list, which includes candidates from all conferences. The Pac-12 had seven nominations.

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Former UCLA track & field coach Jim Bush passes away at 90

Jim Bush, UCLA’s five-time NCAA-championship-winning track and field head coach, passed away Monday, the school announced. He was 90.

Bush spent 20 years at the helm of UCLA’s track and field program, from 1965-84, and won five NCAA Outdoor team championships (1966, 1971, 1972, 1972, 1978) with seven conference titles. UCLA spent its first 32 years of track and field without a single dual-meet victory over USC, but Bush’s Bruins earned the program’s first rivalry dual-meet win in 1966. It was the head coach’s first of 13 wins over USC.

Bush produced 188 individual NCAA medalists, including six straight championship teams in the 4×400-meter relay.

 

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Josh Rosen, Kenny Young on Maxwell, Bednarik Award watch lists

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Kenny Young #42 of the UCLA Bruins returns his interception as he looks for a block from Adarius Pickett #6 during the first quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl on September 24, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Welcome to Watch List Season, friends.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was included on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the best college football player, on Monday. Last year’s Maxwell Award winner, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, returns to defend his crown. Rosen is one of 35 quarterbacks on the 84-player watch list.

Linebacker Kenny Young earned a watch list nod for the Bednarik Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive player. Young is UCLA’s leading returning tackler, and will represent the UCLA defense at Pac-12 Media Days later this month.

More watch lists will be released almost every day for the next two weeks as the season inches closer.

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UCLA basketball links: Bruins in the NBA Summer League

Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Brice Johnson (10) during overtime of an NBA summer league basketball game, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ORG XMIT: NVJL117

Lonzo Ball‘s much-anticipated NBA Summer League debut for the Lakers started with a bang: an alley-oop pass to Brandon Ingram on the team’s very first possession.

The former UCLA Bruin’s night ended with his father LaVar Ball saying Lonzo did “the worst you can do,” after Ball was 2 for 15 shooting in the Lakers’ 96-93 overtime loss to the Clippers in Las Vegas on Friday.

Despite struggling with his shot, Ball still made an impact with five assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block.

More on Ball’s Summer League debut

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  • TJ Leaf was one of NBA.com’s 10 standouts from the Orlando Summer League with the Indiana Pacers. He played in three of the Pacers’ five games, averaging 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
    • Fellow Pacers draft pick Ike Anigbogu did not participate in any summer league games due to a knee injury, according to the Indianapolis Star.
    • Undrafted guard Isaac Hamilton averaged 5.3 points and one rebound in three summer league games with the Pacers.
  • From the Albuquerque Journal: Bryce Alford, who landed with the Golden State Warriors after going undrafted, will stick to what he knows best: shooting. The Warriors start their summer league schedule Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN against the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas.
  • Jonah Bolden, who attended UCLA for one year before going to Europe to turn pro, played in three game with the 76ers in the Utah Summer League, averaging 10 points and 5.3 rebounds. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about Bolden’s defensive versatility after he had a team-high four blocks in his debut. His team will continue summer league play in Las Vegas.
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UCLA signee Hunter Greene signs record-breaking $7.23 million bonus

Pitcher Hunter Greene inked a record-breaking $7.23 million signing bonus with the Reds. (AP PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ)

It didn’t come as a surprise but it came down to the wire.

UCLA signee Hunter Greene officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, the last day MLB teams could sign their 2017 draft picks, as the top prospect inked a deal with a record-breaking $7.23 million signing bonus, according to MLB’s Jim Callis. The dynamic pitcher/shortstop was the second overall pick in the draft.

He is one of three UCLA signees drafted in last month’s draft who signed with their MLB teams. RHP/catcher Hagen Danner (2nd round, 61st overall) signed for a $1.5 million bonus with the Blue Jays, according to Sportsnet in Canada, and lefty pitcher Jeremiah Estrada (6th round, 195th overall) agreed to terms with the Cubs for a $1 million signing bonus, according to The Desert Sun.

UCLA still has seven members of its 10-man recruiting class left, including three who were drafted. Outfielder Garrett Mitchell (14th round), LHP Sam Glick (39th round) and RHP Chase Farrell (40th round) all turned down an immediate chance at the pros to come to UCLA.

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