Video: Jim Mora, Conor McDermott, Scott Quessenberry, Kenny Young

Head coach Jim Mora talks about the injury situation, Mique Juarez (spoiler: no update) and Conor McDermott.


Left tackle Conor McDermott talks about facing Myles Garrett, how his extra time before college helped him and working with Nate Iese.


Center Scott Quessenberry talks about getting ready for Texas A&M’s defensive front and preparing for the Kyle Field crowd.


Linebacker Kenny Young talks about Texas A&M, his recruiting history with the school and Noel Mazzone.

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UCLA football links: Pac-12 coach says UCLA is ‘team to beat’ in South

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and quarterback Josh Rosen talk over a drill during spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and quarterback Josh Rosen talk over a drill during spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

An anonymous Pac-12 coach told Athlon Sports he thinks UCLA “is the team to beat in the South.”

Athlon Sports continued its series of conference previews based on anonymous coach comments with the Pac-12 on Wednesday. Judging from the quotes, Pac-12 coaches are pretty high on UCLA. One believes Josh Rosen is “the best (quarterback) in the country right now,” and that he’ll be “a big-time pro.” Another is impressed with UCLA’s defensive talent, especially after injuries hurt the team last year.

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UCLA links: Conor McDermott collecting preseason accolades

UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott speaks with the media at Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott speaks with the media at Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

ESPN is rolling out its list of top 100 and UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott made the cut at No. 70.

After returning for his senior season, McDermott is expected to have a standout year. He’s a leader and one of the two returning starters the Bruins have on the offensive line. He also said at Pac-12 Media Day that he’s grooming Kolton Miller into his “mini me,” which would give the Bruins a great pair of tackles sealing each edge.

McDermott also was named second-team Preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated.

Other links:

  • Taylor Hamm, who covers Texas A&M for 247Sports, previews the season opener against UCLA on the Bill King Show. Starting at 14:30, he talks about his love for Josh Rosen, what Texas A&M needs to do on offense, and why the game is a “must-win” for the Aggies.
  • SB Nation has three Bruins in its list of the best defensive backs in the Pac-12: Randall Goforth, Jaleel Wadood and Marcus Rios.
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Video: Jayon Brown and Conor McDermott at Pac-12 Media Day

Here’s some video of linebacker Jayon Brown and offensive tackle Conor McDermott at Pac-12 Media Day.

Brown talks about getting picked to win the Pac-12 South, the return of Eddie Vanderdoes and facing Noel Mazzone in the season opener.

McDermott talks about his decision to return to UCLA.

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