UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm suspended for two games

UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm will be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season, the school announced on Friday.

The assistant coach was initially suspended with pay back in March due to allegations of NCAA rules violations. The Bruins reinstated him on June 19 while it continued working with the NCAA in its investigation.

UCLA, which self-imposed these sanctions, said that Klemm was also fined an undisclosed sum. The Bruins had reduced recruiting days by 10 percent this past spring, and will also lose two official visits next year.

The school said it is continuing to cooperate with the NCAA’s review of the matter and declined further comment. While Klemm will be allowed at practices, the team’s plan for replacing him for its first two games is still uncertain.

“It’s something that we’ll sit down and talk about,” said head coach Jim Mora. “I feel very confident that we have the men in place to make it work, whatever direction we go in.”

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UCLA freshman Fred Ulu-Perry sees future at center

Fred Ulu-Perry hasn’t played center since the eighth grade. So, when he moved to the position at the start of UCLA’s training camp, there were a few struggles.

For instance, the snaps. When fourth-year starter Jake Brendel left Monday night’s practice with an undisclosed injury, the freshman moved up to first string — making it tougher for his quarterback to catch the ball.

“You’re talking about a kid that hasn’t done it before,” said offensive line coach Adrian Klemm. “What we do is unique. Most places, you come in with a base defense for a week and you get to learn things, get through everything in the first day. He’s learning on the run, so we’re kind of going backwards. …

“He’s embraced everything. He’s picked it up, hasn’t complained one bit.”

Klemm also said the Ulu-Perry entered the program much stronger than most true freshman linemen. There’s certainly time for him to develop more; Brendel dressed for practice on Tuesday afternoon, and doesn’t appear to be in danger of missing games.

And while Ulu-Perry will likely also practice at guard, the Hawaiian native has his sights set on becoming Brendel’s successor next season.

“I want to be that guy,” he said. “That’s the bull of the team right there on the offensive side. That’s the leader of the team. That’s like the second quarterback.”

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VIDEO: Caleb Benenoch talks about state of UCLA offensive line

Junior Caleb Benenoch offered some interesting thoughts yesterday on the UCLA offensive line, including how he and his teammates might actually benefit from having a less mobile quarterback to protect.

A few other points from his media session:

— “Paul Perkins, in my opinion, is the best running back in the country. He does everything perfectly. There’s no gray area with him. It’s black and white. He just goes, every play.”

— Benenoch said he didn’t have a preference in the quarterback race, and that Jerry Neuheisel and “J-Chosen” are both making good plays in practice.

— Benenoch was mostly sidelined in spring camp recovering from a leg surgery, while offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was suspended until from March to June due to allegations of NCAA rules violations.

“It was kind of tough on both of us,” Benenoch said, “I’m happy he’s back. He’s our mentor. He’s like our big brother. He’s not that much older than we are. We have a lot of fun with him, he has a lot of fun with us. He pushes us to be the best that we can be, so I love having him back.”

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UCLA reinstates Adrian Klemm after three-month suspension

UCLA reinstated offensive line coach Adrian Klemm on Friday, returning him to full duties after a three-month suspension.

Klemm, one of the team’s top recruiters, had been suspended with pay on March 16 due to allegations of NCAA rules violations. A school spokesperson said that the Bruins are still working with the NCAA “to complete the review of the matters surrounding Klemm’s suspension.”

Without Klemm for all of spring camp, UCLA turned to graduate assistants Blake Bentz and Dave Marsh — as well as senior center Jake Brendel — to fill the void.

The Bruins currently have the No. 11 recruiting class in 2016 according to Rivals.com, but do not yet have a verbal commitment from any offensive linemen. The team is hosting its “Elite Big Man Camp” for offensive and defensive linemen on June 26.

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UCLA spring camp notes: Myles Jack moves to inside linebacker

UCLA started spring camp today, and while the starting quarterback race is still in its very early stages, but here are some other developments from this morning session.

— Myles Jack will be working a lot at inside linebacker this spring, although head coach Jim Mora said the junior will get reps outside as well. It’s a significant move for the UCLA defense, but not one that’s overly surprising given Jack’s skill set.

For all his talents, the 6-foot-1 linebacker has never been the most dangerous pass rusher. On the other hand, he matches up well in coverage even against some top receivers, and is so versatile moving sideline to sideline. The stats bear this out: he only has one sack in two season, but has 18 pass breakups in that same period.

No other Pac-12 linebacker can match that statistic in that same span. Second place goes to USC’s Hayes Pullard, who had 14.

“It gets him to the middle of the field where we can utilize his speed and things like that,” Mora said of Jack’s move. “If there was a disadvantage — some of the things he does on the outside puts him in man-to-man coverage situations. He’s a little less involved with that when he’s in the middle of the defense.”

Deon Hollins and Aaron Wallace are playing outside now, while sophomore Kenny Young is next to Jack.

Jack was also responsible for one of the session’s most notable plays. During one-on-one drills, he got tangled up with receiver Mossi Johnson on a contested ball. Both came down with at least one hand wrapped around the pass, and essentially wrestled each other for 15-20 seconds before Jack came up with it.

— Other position changes: offensive lineman Colby Cyburt is switching to tight end; offensive guard NaJee Toran is moving to the defensive line; linebacker Dwight Williams is moving to safety.

— Randall Goforth is back in a non-contact red jersey after undergoing surgeries on both shoulders. He’s getting a waiver for 2014 — a season that only saw him play two games — and will be a redshirt junior this upcoming season. Continue reading

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