UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
Jim Mora and his wife Shannon sat down with the Petros and Money show at his charity golf event on Monday to talk about several things, including their son’s high-school lacrosse career, spring football and going to the NFL Draft with Myles Jack.
Of the NFL Draft, Mora said that was his first time ever attending the draft and it was a difficult experience sitting with Jack as he fell into the second round. They thought he might slip a little because of the knee injuries, but didn’t expect him to fall all the way out of the first round. Mora sat with Jack when Kenny Clark went off the board first and called it a “bittersweet” experience.
Of spring practice, he said he felt a “real, true chemistry I have not felt since year one or two.”
UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze
Athlon Sports put UCLA at No. 15 in its preseason Top 25. The Bruins are the third-highest Pac-12 team in the rankings, with Washington checking in at No. 11 and Stanford at No. 12. USC (No. 23) and Oregon (No. 24) are also on the list.
Also at Mora’s event, UCLA quarterbacks coach and former Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo showed some love to his alma mater (and Mora’s and — full disclosure — mine) with NBA player Spencer Hawes, who played one year at the UW.
Men’s tennis is Sweet 16 bound as the Bruins cruised to two NCAA wins at home. The Bruins swept Weber State 4-0 in the first round, then did the same to San Diego in the second. The team faces Stanford in the Sweet 16 in Tulsa, Okla., at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Click on the photo above (or here) to see photos from UCLA’s semifinal loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament Saturday. The Bruins will play Michigan for third place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Center. The final is between USC and Stanford at 5:30 p.m.
Above clockwise from top left: Stanford’s Cassidy Papa and UCLA’s Lizette Rozeboom; UCLA’s Kelsey O’Brien; UCLA’s Mackenzie Barr; UCLA goalie Alex Musselmann and Stanford’s Dani Jackovich. (Photos by Steve McCrank // Daily Breeze)
Mora said the coaching staff studied NFL offenses from teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans while constructing the new offense to look at pace of play. Those teams, Mora said, sometimes huddle and other times hand the reins over to the quarterback to run a hurry-up offense. The shift in offensive philosophy is to maximize Rosen’s skill set and was already in the works when former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was still with the Bruins, Mora said.