Did Bolu Olorunfunmi successfully stiff-arm Myles Jack in practice?

Bolu Olorunfunmi has been one of the most pleasant surprises in UCLA’s 2015 recruiting class, showing off surprising quickness and speed and establishing himself as a legitimate option in this season’s backfield.

The three-star recruit is excited to get going too. On Sunday, he posted on Twitter a bit of film from one of the Bruins’ practices, one that featured him wiggling through a hole for a few hard-earned yards. As he broke through the line, he stiff-armed linebacker Myles Jack — leaving the star linebacker on the ground for a few seconds.

But Jack also took to Twitter to clarify what happened:

So, what really happened on that play?

“Honestly, I’ve been known in high school to kind of put my hand in facemasks,” said Olorunfunmi, who deleted his original tweet. “I’m not even sure what happened. I don’t even remember doing that in the play. Once I get the ball, I just run.”

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UCLA camp notes: Defense stands out in Bruins’ live scrimmage

» UCLA’s live scrimmage on Friday evening was its final practice at Cal State San Bernardino. For anyone planning to come out to the Inland Empire on Saturday, the Bruins will be out at 9:15 a.m. for its “Fan Appreciation” event.

Players will sign autographs, and free food will be available from a Stater Bros. trailer.

» The live scrimmage itself was a bit of a mixed bag. The first-team offense and defense combined as the blue team (coached by Taylor Mazzone), facing off against the rest of the Bruins on the white team (Noel Mazzone). But taking into account injuries and some liberal substitution patterns, it wasn’t exactly an accurate simulation of how the two sides stack up.

As expected, the blue team won convincingly, taking the scrimmage 39-16 thanks to a stable ground game and touchdown passes by both Jerry Neuheisel and Josh Rosen — who switched off possessions behind center. Continue reading

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UCLA camp notes: Jim Mora berates quarterback Josh Rosen

» UCLA’s practice on Wednesday morning was another uneven one for the offense, with quarterback Mike Fafaul throwing four interceptions in the span of about 10 minutes.

Still, it was true freshman Josh Rosen who got the biggest earful. The five-star quarterback out of Bellflower St. John Bosco was running situational drills at the end of practice when head coach Jim Mora took issue with his sense of “urgency.” Mora yelled at him for a few minutes, telling him he wasn’t in high school anymore before remarking, “The anointed one!”

The coach eventually turned toward reporters and said: “You can tell all your readers! This is why there’s no starter named!”

Rosen did not appear to say anything back. Safety Jaleel Wadood, who also played with Rosen in high school, figured the outburst wouldn’t be a major issue for the quarterback.

“He never gets rattled,” Wadood said. “That’s what I like about him the most. Even when things are going tough, and everything’s not going his way, he’ll find a way to dig it out. He’s a pretty strong kid.”

» Left tackle Conor McDermott (knee) and center Jake Brendel (calf) both dressed for practice today, but spent most of the time working on the exercise bike. The same goes for running back Bolu Olorunfunmi, who had a pack of ice wrapped around his right ankle after practice.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley left with an undisclosed injury, and was sitting in the medical tent for part of practice.

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UCLA left tackle Conor McDermott undergoes MRI on knee

UPDATE: McDermott’s MRI showed no ligament damage.

UCLA left tackle Conor McDermott was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee Tuesday evening, but the injury is not expected to be serious.

“He has no swelling,” said head coach Jim Mora. “He really has very little pain. He felt a tiny little pop, so we just wanted to get it checked out. … He’s got no instability. Nothing like that.”

McDermott went down during Monday night’s practice, but walked off the field without a significant limp. Jake Brendel and Alex Redmond were the other offensive linemen who were also left practice on Monday, but Mora said there are no injuries or issues concerning the latter. Brendel is day-to-day with a calf injury. Continue reading

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