Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about UCLA’s 27-21 loss to WSU and the mental state of the team following back to back losses.
Linebacker Kenny Young talks about the frustrations of yet another Pac-12 loss and the need to bounce back.
Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about the dangers of the Washington State defense and staying focused at a critical time of the year.
Tight end Nate Iese talks about his confidence in Mike Fafaul and how he can make life a little easier for the back-up if Fafaul starts this week.
Offensive lineman Conor McDermott talks about trying to break through on offense and what he’s seen from Fafaul this week.
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10 receiving touchdowns scored by Thomas Duarte last year, which led the team
9 RETURNING STARTERS ON DEFENSE
UCLA sent two big stars on defense to the NFL, but the Bruins are set to reload quickly with nine returning starters.
Eddie Vanderdoes replaces first-round pick Kenny Clark in the starting lineup after a season-ending knee injury last year. Vanderdoes had never missed a game in his college career prior to his injury and made 19 combined starts during his first two years with the Bruins.
Cameron Judge is set to take a starting outside linebacker role opposite Jayon Brown. Judge, a senior, played in 12 games last season and made one start while Myles Jack left school early to prepare for the NFL Draft and recover from a meniscus injury.
Deon Hollins started 12 games last season as an outside linebacker in UCLA’s 3-4 front, but with the team’s switch to a 4-3, defensive end Matt Dickerson worked mostly with the No. 1 unit during training camp. Dickerson played in every game last year and made one start, against Washington State.
The Bruins could have 10 (or possibly 11) upperclassmen starting on defense:
The group’s experience is “golden,” Vanderdoes said.
“That’s the biggest asset we have right now,” he continued. “We’ve been through everything. … We’ve experienced big losses, small losses, everything, so I don’t think anything can faze us at this point. We’ve seen it all, we’ve experienced it all. We know what it’s like.”
Story from Tuesday’s practice about UCLA facing its former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
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Head coach Jim Mora talks about the beginning of prep for Texas A&M, getting out of camp mode and facing his old offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about his knee, stopping the run and that one play called “Panda.”
Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about getting ready for the season opener, going against Mazzone in the season opener and how the Bruins stay mentally sharp.