UCLA football training camp day 13: Josh Rosen, offense hit their stride

Josh Rosen (3) breaks the huddle at practice on Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG/Press Telegram)

Josh Rosen returned to the field months ago, but the junior quarterback has just recently starting feeling like his old self again. For UCLA, it’s a long-awaited good sign.

“I had my worst day of camp that one night practice we had (Aug. 8) and since then, something just kind of clicked,” Rosen said. “I think our offense is really starting to get the hang of it and we’re starting to move in the right direction.”

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UCLA football training camp day 12: Maturity on special teams

Austin Kent, pictured against Washington State in 2016, said is battling with walk-on Stefan Flintoft for the starting punting job. (Young Kwak/The Associated Press)

Austin Kent can now smile at his infamous minus-1-yard punt. At least a little bit.

The sophomore punter is more relaxed and mature this season as he battles with redshirt junior Stefan Flintoft for the starting job.

“I was kicking to not mess up instead of going out there and kicking to have fun,” Kent said of last year.

More on the punting battle and kicker J.J. Molson.

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UCLA football training camp day 11: Rosen continues to rise

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen breaks huddle during football practice at Spaulding Field on campus Friday, August 04, 2017, Westwood, CA. Rosen will be relying on Sunny Odogwu (66) and Andre James (75) on the line.
(Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

When asked of whether he preferred Westwood to Miami, Sunny Odogwu, the former Hurricane grad transfer, said he couldn’t really compare the two.

Where I’m from, I don’t have running water,” the Nigerian-born right tackle said. “Miami has running water. Westwood has running water. So I am more than grateful to be in Miami or here.”

Odogwu has quickly become a favorite among coaches and teammates for his humility and infectious personality. And not to mention his 6-foot-8, 315-pound frame that could go a long way in helping the Bruins improve their much-maligned offensive line.

More on Odogwu’s journey from Nigeria, to Miami, to Westwood.

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UCLA football training camp day 10: Defense stays flexible

Defensive lineman Rick Wade rushes against Poasi Moala in a 2016 practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze/SCNG)

For UCLA’s defense, excellence at one position isn’t quite enough. UCLA position coaches preach versatility at every level, ensuring that the Bruins can mold themselves to face any offense or stay afloat despite injuries.

“You need to look at it as a scheme instead of just a position,” defensive lineman Rick Wade said.

More on UCLA’s versatility on defense

Video interview with defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin

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