UCLA football links: Quessenberry, Roberts on Rimington, Mackey watch lists

UCLA’s Austin Roberts makes a catch as he beats Arizona State’s Maurice Chandler during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Among a deep group of tight ends, it’s Austin Roberts that’s gained some national recognition as the junior was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List on Tuesday. The Mackey Award is given to the nation’s best tight end. Marcedes Lewis won the award in 2005, which is the only time a UCLA player was has won it.

Roberts had 15 receptions for 261 yards and a touchdown last year, close to fellow returning tight end Caleb Wilson‘s numbers. Wilson, a one-time USC walk-on, had 16 catches for 220 yards.

After he made it on to the Rimington Trophy’s summer watch list, redshirt senior Scott Quessenberry made the cut for the award’s fall list, which was released Tuesday. The Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top center, has a 70-man fall watch list, which includes candidates from all conferences. The Pac-12 had seven nominations.

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Video: Bolu Olorunfunmi, Austin Roberts, Kenny Young

Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi talks about his role in pass protection last week and how he stays confident when the Bruins are the worst running team in the country.

Tight end Austin Roberts talks about the team’s 1-0 mentality, what the offense needs to to do improve and his confidence in Mike Fafaul.

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about facing Colorado and finishing the season out on the strong note.

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Spring practice day 3: Bruins suit up in pads for first time

Freshman linebacker Mique Juarez took some snaps with the first team defense on Saturday. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Freshman linebacker Mique Juarez took some snaps with the first team defense on Saturday. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

The Bruins wrapped up the first week of spring practice Saturday with their first practice in full pads.

Watch video of Jim Mora’s press conference here

Read today’s notebook that focuses on the team’s balance of coaching and competition

Notes and observations:

Jim Mora was happy with the team’s ability to practice safely in pads (i.e. minimal tackling to the ground, not going after collisions too aggressively, etc.) while still maintaining physicality and competitiveness.

— False starts continue to be a problem under the new snap counts, and Mora attributed it to “a lack of concentration.” The head coach noted that the problem generally improves as practice goes on, so he would like to see better concentration at the start of the session. Offensive lineman Kenny Lacy was probably the most penalized player on Saturday and spent a large amount of time running laps for false starting. Continue reading “Spring practice day 3: Bruins suit up in pads for first time” »

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