UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams arrested for robbery

UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams has been arrested on suspicion of robbery on campus. His bail is set at $100,000.

Adams was taken into custody at 3:36 a.m. on Sunday, and according to UCLA, allegedly used force to take a cell phone away from an Uber driver.

“We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather information,” a UCLA spokesperson said in a statement. “As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Adams is set to make his first appearance in court on Tuesday. The Daily Bruin first reported the news of his arrest.

The redshirt junior was the lone Bruin to make the All-Pac-12 first-team defense last season, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. He was set to play mostly at nickelback this season. Adams also returned 26 kickoffs for 591 yards and a touchdown.

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UCLA spring camp notes: Steve Manfro to undergo knee procedure

» A few injury notes out of Thursday … Cornerback Ishmael Adams left the field yesterday looking like he’d slightly sprained his ankle, and spent today’s practice on the exercise bike.

Senior running back Steve Manfro is heading back to Westwood to get checked out after being bothered by both his shoulder and his knee. He had surgery on the latter after tearing his ACL in September, and will very likely have a minor procedure to shave off part of the meniscus. He’ll probably be sidelined through San Bernardino, but it’s not considered a serious setback.

» Josh Rosen had all the first-team reps today, and it turned out to be one of his roughest practices as a Bruin. He looked like he was forcing some deep balls in a way he didn’t do too much in spring, throwing one interception and a few others that were nearly picked off.

If he does win the starting job, there’ll definitely be at least one game where mistakes like that snowball; UCLA can only hope that that comes early in the season.

“I think he’s pushing to get better and he has a good grasp of the day,” head coach Jim Mora said. Continue reading

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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 Ishmael Adams, Myles Jack named to Paul Hornung Award watchlist

Ishmael Adams and Myles Jack are UCLA’s two candidates to be named the most versatile players in college football.

Both Adams and Jack made the 44-man watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which was announced Monday.

Jack was a finalist for the trophy as a true freshman in 2013, when he made 75 tackles and two interceptions as a linebacker, and rushed for 267 yards and seven touchdowns in four games.

In 2014, Adams took both his interceptions back for touchdowns, and was also a valuable special teams player who had a 100-yard kickoff return.

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UCLA spring camp position reviews: Defensive backs

UCLA Bruins defensive back John Johnson (7) during a NCAA college spring football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, April 24, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA cornerback Johnny Johnson runs with the ball during the Bruins’ “Spring Showcase” at the Rose Bowl on April 24, 2015.
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Like UCLA’s offensive line, the secondary is a unit that has grown significantly during the Jim Mora era. Back in 2012, the Bruins were maligned for their pass defense, one that ranked eighth in the Pac-12. In the last two years, they haven’t ranked lower than fourth.

With every starter returning, there’s plenty of depth in the defensive backfield, one that has emphasized positional versatility to facilitate the use of shifting schemes and to better secure against injuries. This fall, the X-factor will be whether or not any one player makes the leap into becoming a dominant, shutdown corner.

The best candidate is likely still senior Fabian Moreau, who looked fantastic in spring and fall camp last year before a very uneven 2014 season. The former running back was burned repeatedly through the first half of his junior campaign, but eventually found more a rhythm as the year wound to a close. Position coach Demetrice Martin said in April that Moreau often appeared to be in great position for a play, then explicably stopped running all the way through. The Florida native has since made an effort to work on his ball skills and fix that habit. Continue reading

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