Jim Mora: ‘Bittersweet’ to watch Kenny Clark get drafted with Myles Jack

UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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.”

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UCLA football links: Athlon Sports puts Bruins at No. 15

UCLA football head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

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.
    • At Jim Mora‘s charity event this weekend, Bruins Nation caught up with former UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman to talk about his advice to Josh Rosen.
    • 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.

Go Dawgs!

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UCLA weekend wrap-up: Men’s tennis advances to Sweet 16

  • 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.

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PHOTOS: Women’s water polo falls to Stanford in NCAA semifinals

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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)

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Jim Mora talks offensive changes, new coaches and Josh Rosen with Sports Illustrated

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora talked with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel about UCLA’s spring practice, the changes to the offense, Josh Rosen‘s high intellect and the coaching changes during the offseason.

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.

Read more from Mora’s interview with SI here.

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