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.

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  • 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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Eddie Vanderdoes named to Outland, Nagurski Trophy watch lists

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is out for the season after tearing his ACL in UCLA's 2015 season opener vs. Virginia. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was named to two watch lists on Thursday. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Thursday. He is returning from a season-ending ACL tear suffered in the 2015 season opener. Earlier this week, Vanderdoes was made the Bednarik Award Watch List.

Offensive tackle Conor McDermott was also named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which honors the nation’s top interior lineman (on offense or defense), as voted on by the Football Writers Association of America. The senior returned for his final year of eligibility with the Bruins after starting 12 games last season.

Defensive back Fabian Moreau was also watch-listed for the Nagurski Award, which is awarded by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club to the best defensive player in the nation. Like Vanderdoes, Moreau is also returning from injury. He broke his foot three games into the season, but was a team co-captain.

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Conor McDermott, Jayon Brown to represent UCLA at Pac-12 Media Day

Jayon Brown will be a leader on defense this season for UCLA. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jayon Brown will be a leader on defense this season for UCLA. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Offensive lineman Conor McDermott and linebacker Jayon Brown will be UCLA’s player representatives at Pac-12 Media Days next month. UCLA is scheduled to take the podium at Hollywood & Highland on July 15 at 10:30 a.m. during the two-day event.

Quarterback Josh Rosen‘s absence at the event is surely intentional. In fact, Colorado’s Sefo Liufau is the only quarterback expected to be at the event. Meanwhile, there are four offensive linemen coming. Oregon State is bringing punter Nick Porebski.

Other notable players scheduled to come are USC’s Adoree Jackson, Oregon’s Royce Freeman, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.

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