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.)
» 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.
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 …
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 tomultiplereports.
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.