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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UCLA reinstates DB Ishmael Adams, loses CB Fabian Moreau

UCLA has regained one defensive back but lost another.

Head coach Jim Mora reinstated Ishmael Adams on Tuesday, ending a suspension that followed the redshirt junior’s arrest late last month. Adams had been arrested on suspicion of robbery on Aug. 30, but the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office referred his case to the city attorney on Monday — ending the possibility of him facing felony charges.

The city attorney’s office may still elect to pursue misdemeanor charges. Adams had started 26 straight games for the Bruins until sitting out the first three games this season, and was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection in 2014.

“We feel as a program that he’s missed a quarter of his season,” Mora said. “He’s shown remorse for the actions that he’s taken. He’s accepted responsibility. He’s accepted the consequences. He’s apologized profusely to his team, his teammates, this staff, and he’s come back with a great attitude.

“So we’re going to move forward that way. If things change, we’ll adjust.”

Mora also announced that senior cornerback Fabian Moreau will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury — a foot fracture that can sometimes lead to chronic pain if an athlete rushes back into action. He is expected to apply for a hardship waiver and regain his final season of eligibility.

Moreau sat out most of the second half of UCLA’s win over BYU on Saturday, but reentered the game during the final series.

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Center Jake Brendel returns as one of UCLA’s six captains in 2015

UCLA has announced its team captains for the 2015 season, and unsurprisingly, center Jake Brendel is one of the six.

The redshirt senior was a captain in each of the past two seasons, and has started in 39 of 40 possible games in his career — only missing the 2014 season opener at Virginia with a sprained knee. Offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch called Brendel “the glue that holds not just the offensive line, but the whole offense together.”

Running back Paul Perkins was voted by his teammates as a captain for the first time, as were cornerback Fabian Moreau, defensive tackle Kenny Clark, and linebacker Cameron Judge.

Fullback Taylor Lagace is serving as a captain for the second straight season.

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UCLA’s Fabian Moreau, Ishmael Adams watch-listed for Jim Thorpe Award

UCLA’s Fabian Moreau and Ishmael Adams have both made the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country.

Moreau was also named on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy for top defensive player. Once talked about as an All-America candidate by both the media and head coach Jim Mora, he heads into his final season having been closer to good than great. He made 53 tackles and defended eight passes last fall, earning an All-Pac-12 second – team nod.

While Moreau still has a high ceiling, Adams’ stock slipped a bit this past spring camp. Marcus Rios passed Adams for a first-string cornerback spot, likely pushing him to a nickelback role.

Adams, a dangerous kick returner, was also named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award for most versatile player.

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UCLA’s Jake Brendel, Fabian Moreau to attend Pac-12 Media Days

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

At Pac-12 Media Days next month, UCLA will be represented by center Jake Brendel and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

The event expanded to two days for the first time in 2014, and will remain in that format at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on July 30-31. Head coach Jim Mora and his two players are scheduled to speak on the first day at 10:50 a.m.

The Bruins have customarily brought veteran players to the conference’s first major press event of the season, and this year is no exception. Brendel is an easy pick as a team captain, one who has started 39 of 40 possible games in the middle of the offensive line.

That Moreau is attending rather than linebacker Myles Jack is a bit of a surprise, but the cornerback is one of the few seniors with starting experience. The former running back was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last season, but put together an underwhelming campaign given his preseason hype.

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