UCLA notes: Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone high on UCLA receiver depth

» Despite Devin Lucien being sidelined by a head injury, UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone wasn’t concerned with the state of his receiving corps.

“I don’t look at this like, ‘Hey, these three guys are starters. These three guys are backups,’” he said Wednesday. “I’ve got about six guys out there that are all starters in my eyes. They kind of roll in, do their deal.”

Lucien finished his sophomore season strong, catching for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bruins’ last five games. Without him lined up at outside, fellow camp standout Eldridge Massington would likely move into the starting lineup.

Junior Logan Sweet, who had three catches last year, also got first-team reps on Wednesday morning. Starting receiver Jordan Payton has practiced mostly at inside receiver the last few days due to other injuries, which helped open up a spot for Sweet.

“He’s really came a long ways from two years ago, when he first got here,” Mazzone said of Sweet. “He really figures into those top four or five guys at the outside for us.”

» Freshman quarterback Aaron Sharp participated in his first full practice after joining the team last night. Given how light the morning session was, however, the lefty didn’t get a chance to show off his arm. Continue reading

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Freshman QB Aaron Sharp makes first appearance after rules violation

UCLA true freshman quarterback Aaron Sharp made his first appearance in Southern California on Tuesday. The three-star recruit from Humble, Texas was expected to remain home until Aug. 31 due to rules violations, but jogged onto the sideline an hour and a half after practice began on Tuesday.

The 6-3, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback, who was originally committed to Kansas State before flipping to the Bruins in January, flew in from Houston but not in time to participate in any drills Tuesday.

Fellow freshmen Jordan Lasley and Dwight Williams debuted on Monday night.

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Jordan Lasley, Dwight Williams join UCLA practice after rules violation

Two of three UCLA freshmen joined the team on Monday after violating team rules.

Receiver Jordan Lasley and linebacker Dwight Williams participated in the Bruins’ evening practice. Both, along with quarterback Aaron Sharp, had originally been left home until Aug. 31 — after the season opener at Virginia.

“Those three guys did not live up to the standards that we’re looking for through the summer months,” head coach Jim Mora said last week.

Lasley and Williams graduated from Gardena Serra, while Sharp is from Houston’s Summer Creek High. (UPDATE: Aaron Sharp will join the team for Tuesday’s practice.)

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UCLA notes: Three true freshmen not participating in training camp

» A trio of true freshmen were left off UCLA’s training camp roster. Quarterback Aaron Sharp, linebacker Dwight Williams and receiver Jordan Lasley did not practice on Monday, and will not return to the team until Aug. 31, after UCLA’s season opener at Virginia.

“Those three guys did not live up to the standards that we’re looking for through the summer months,” head coach Mora said.

None of the three were expected to contribute immediately.

» Receiver Darren Andrews is officially out for the season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee. He will redshirt the upcoming season after initially tearing knee ligaments late last November, ending a season in which he caught four passes for 52 yards.

Cornerback Johnny Johnson is also out for the season after injuring his shoulder for the second year in a row. He had already redshirted the 2013 campaign.

» Promising inside receiver Mossi Johnson injured his left shoulder on Monday, and left the field with a UCLA staffer helping him hold his arm still. Mora said he hoped it was just a mild AC sprain.

Johnson played well in spring camp, and was likely the first receiver off the bench for either Devin Fuller or Thomas Duarte.

» Priest Willis — whom Mora once lauded as a “picture-perfect, beautiful corner” — struggled as a freshman transitioning over from safety. Continue reading

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UCLA post-spring position outlook: Quarterbacks

Spring football is done, and over three months still stand between us and the start of UCLA’s third season under Jim Mora — one that comes with national title aspirations and accompanying media glare. Over the next week, this blog will cover each of the Bruins’ position groups. First up …

Quarterbacks

If Brett Hundley stays healthy, UCLA’s Rose Bow/national title aspirations should stay afloat. The rising redshirt junior had a chance to be one of the top quarterbacks taken in this month’s NFL draft had he declared, but chose instead to spend one last year in college. Continue reading

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Three-star quarterback Aaron Sharp commits to UCLA

UCLA has found the next dual-threat piece in its quarterback line of succession. Three-star prospect Aaron Sharp committed to the Bruins Monday night, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Houston product visited UCLA this past weekend along with six other recruits. Barring injuries to multiple quarterbacks, he will redshirt the 2014 season behind rising junior Brett Hundley and redshirt freshman Asiantii Woulard.

Sharp was previously committed to Kansas State, and briefly to Utah. He was also reportedly set to visit Washington. Rivals.com ranks him as the 18th-best dual-threat quarterback in the country, while Scout.com has him as their No. 60 quarterback.

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