Spring practice week 4 wrap up

Running back Soso Jamabo bursts through the line during UCLA's Spring Showcase. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Running back Soso Jamabo bursts through the line during UCLA’s Spring Showcase. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

And that’s a wrap.

UCLA finished its spring camp on Saturday with the Spring Showcase. There’s lots to recap about the entire spring campaign, but for now, here’s all our coverage from week 4. By Monday morning, I’ll have a story to recap the last four weeks and get a jump start on looking forward to the fall.

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Photos: UCLA Spring Showcase

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Click on the photo above (or HERE) for photos by Michael Owen Baker from Saturday’s Spring Showcase.

Above, clockwise from top left: receiver Ishmael Adams; quarterback Josh Rosen; receiver Kenny Walker and cornerback Nate Meadors; running back Soso Jamabo; quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosospo.

Links from the Spring Showcase:

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Spring practice day 15: UCLA wraps up camp at Spring Showcase

Head coach Jim Mora. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Head coach Jim Mora. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

There is a notebook coming HERE focused on Josh Rosen and Takkarist McKinley. McKinley was named the MVP of spring camp by Jim Mora (you know, if there was such an award).

Here are video interviews with Mora, Rosen, Tom Bradley, Eldridge Massington, Jayon Brown and Conor McDermott

Here are notes/observations for the day:

— We finally got to be a good enough position to see one-on-ones today and it seemed like there was a case of the drops going around early on. Austin Roberts, who was one of Mora’s standouts of spring camp, had an early drop, as did Alex Rossool.

Kenny Walker, a receiver who has historically struggled with drops, showed strong hands and good concentration as he made a number of good catches. Walker caught a highlight reel pass from Rosen on the first play of seven-on-sevens, making a great adjustment to the ball, and catching it near the sideline. It helps that it was a sensationally thrown ball. During the team periods, Rosen threw another great ball to Walker after the quarterback rolled to his right, threw it back across his body to Walker, who ran a great comeback route for the ball.

— Rosen threw three interceptions, two to Charles Dawson and one to Mique Juarez. Two came during the team periods and one was during seven-on-sevens. After Dawson picked him off during seven-on-seven, Rosen stood in the middle of the field and raised two fingers to the side of his helmet like a gun and mimed pulling the trigger a few times as Dawson ran back the pick. Continue reading

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On-campus Spring Showcase offers recruiting opportunity for UCLA football

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

The UCLA football team closes its spring camp with the Spring Showcase on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Drake Stadium. Unlike many other college programs, the Bruins will not have a full contact scrimmage, but Mora made a surprise media appearance after practice Thursday to express excitement about the opportunities that come with having the Spring Showcase on campus.

“To get recruits on campus to see the type of progress we’re making (on the football facility) is an immense, immense, immense advantage for us that we don’t get even when we go out to the Rose Bowl,” Mora said. “Everybody knows how beautiful the Rose Bowl is and what a great thing it is to play there on Saturdays, but not everybody knows how wonderful this campus is.” Continue reading

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