After playing at UCLA, Jerry Neuheisel moved to Japan and is now playing professionally with the Obic Seagulls. (Andy Holzman/Staff)
The eight former UCLA players who were drafted in this year’s NFL Draft and the four more who signed as undrafted free agents aren’t the only former Bruins embarking on professional football careers right now.
Former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel is currently playing professionally in Japan’s Obic Seagulls after he passed on his final year of eligibility with the Bruins.
The Japan Times caught up with Neuheisel after he played a spring tournament game this past weekend against the All-Mitsubishi Lions. He tossed a 67-yard touchdown pass on his first play, but also threw two interceptions during the game.
He told The Japan Times that he was “pleasantly surprised” with the talent in Japan after only a few weeks of practice, adding that it’s “second to none.”
Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region’s most powerful people in sports.
The Southern California News Group released the first installment of its 50 most powerful in Southern California Sports on Tuesday, with UCLA head coach Jim Mora and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen both making the list.
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.