Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin talks about having Fabian Moreau back, how his group’s experience helps it succeed and how he splits reps between his players.
Head coach Jim Mora talks about the first week of training camp, the defensive backs and moving on to San Bernardino.
Defensive back Fabian Moreau talks about returning to the field and how badly it hurt to play on his broken foot last year.
Defensive back Randall Goforth talks about having Fabian Moreau back, playing with Jaleel Wadood and how he survives San Bernardino.
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.
- ESPN ranks UCLA’s defensive triplets at the second-best trio in the Pac-12. The group includes Vanderdoes, linebacker Jayon Brown and safety Randall Goforth.
- A good story from Packers.com about the UCLA brotherhood between Kenny Clark and Datone Jones as Clark is adjusting to life as a professional.
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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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.