UCLA camp notes: Defense stands out in Bruins’ live scrimmage

» UCLA’s live scrimmage on Friday evening was its final practice at Cal State San Bernardino. For anyone planning to come out to the Inland Empire on Saturday, the Bruins will be out at 9:15 a.m. for its “Fan Appreciation” event.

Players will sign autographs, and free food will be available from a Stater Bros. trailer.

» The live scrimmage itself was a bit of a mixed bag. The first-team offense and defense combined as the blue team (coached by Taylor Mazzone), facing off against the rest of the Bruins on the white team (Noel Mazzone). But taking into account injuries and some liberal substitution patterns, it wasn’t exactly an accurate simulation of how the two sides stack up.

As expected, the blue team won convincingly, taking the scrimmage 39-16 thanks to a stable ground game and touchdown passes by both Jerry Neuheisel and Josh Rosen — who switched off possessions behind center. Continue reading

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Jim Mora: I’d like to name UCLA’s starting QB by next weekend

UCLA might be a week or so away from finally naming its starting quarterback.

“I would like to be able to make that decision next weekend at the latest,” head coach Jim Mora said Friday, after the Bruins’ final practice of training camp at Cal State San Bernardino.

The evening session consisted of a live scrimmage in which true freshman Josh Rosen and redshirt junior Jerry Neuheisel switched turns with the first-team offense. Former walk-on Mike Fafaul took most of the second-team reps.

Mora said that the scrimmage is only part of the overall picture, especially since the quarterbacks weren’t taking contact. However, he said the team would ideally need to know the identity of its starter before it starts game week prep for its Sept. 5 opener against Virginia.

“I would love to be able to make that decision, but to be perfectly frank, we’re not prepared to make that decision yet,” Mora said. “We want to make sure when we do make it, it’s the right decision — that we have conviction about it, that we stick with it.”

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UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm suspended for two games

UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm will be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season, the school announced on Friday.

The assistant coach was initially suspended with pay back in March due to allegations of NCAA rules violations. The Bruins reinstated him on June 19 while it continued working with the NCAA in its investigation.

UCLA, which self-imposed these sanctions, said that Klemm was also fined an undisclosed sum. The Bruins had reduced recruiting days by 10 percent this past spring, and will also lose two official visits next year.

The school said it is continuing to cooperate with the NCAA’s review of the matter and declined further comment. While Klemm will be allowed at practices, the team’s plan for replacing him for its first two games is still uncertain.

“It’s something that we’ll sit down and talk about,” said head coach Jim Mora. “I feel very confident that we have the men in place to make it work, whatever direction we go in.”

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