Ishmael Adams, Josh Rosen earn more watch list honors

UCLA's Ishmael Adams (1) returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

UCLA’s Ishmael Adams (1) returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

UCLA defensive-back-turned-wide-receiver Ishmael Adams was named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award on Thursday.

The award honors the most versatile player in the nation. The senior is expected to make a full-time switch to wide receiver after playing at defensive back while also returning punts and kickoffs.

Quarterback Josh Rosen was named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Bruins on watch lists

  • DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski)
  • QB Josh Rosen (Maxwell, O’Brien, Walter Camp)
  • DB Fabian Moreau (Nagurski)
  • OL Conor McDermmott (Outland)
  • Head coach Jim Mora (Dodd)
  • S Jaleel Wadood (Thorpe)
  • WR/DB Ishmael Adams (Hornung)
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Ishmael Adams likely to stay at receiver

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

On Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches conference call, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said Ishmael Adams could be staying at receiver for the long haul after a stellar spring camp.

“Nothing is ever off the table, but it’s not something we’re looking at at this time,” Mora said of putting Adams back on defense. “Ish looks like he’s going to be such a threat offensively, you don’t want to overload him.”

Mora added that Adams could move back “if needed” as the team searches for ways to always get its best players on the field.

Mora praised Adams’ development as a route runner, calling the cornerback-turned-receiver a “gym rat” who studies film with receivers coach Eric Yarber constantly.

“He really developed as a route runner,” Mora said. “It’s not easy. It’s an art. There’s an art to running routes and it was real exciting to see the development he made as a route runner.”

Quarterback Josh Rosen and receiver Eldridge Massington both voiced their support of Adams’ move to offense, with the quarterback saying he definitely wants to keep Adams on offense and that his newest receiver “isn’t going anywhere.”

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Spring practice day 3: Bruins suit up in pads for first time

Freshman linebacker Mique Juarez took some snaps with the first team defense on Saturday. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Freshman linebacker Mique Juarez took some snaps with the first team defense on Saturday. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

The Bruins wrapped up the first week of spring practice Saturday with their first practice in full pads.

Watch video of Jim Mora’s press conference here

Read today’s notebook that focuses on the team’s balance of coaching and competition

Notes and observations:

Jim Mora was happy with the team’s ability to practice safely in pads (i.e. minimal tackling to the ground, not going after collisions too aggressively, etc.) while still maintaining physicality and competitiveness.

— False starts continue to be a problem under the new snap counts, and Mora attributed it to “a lack of concentration.” The head coach noted that the problem generally improves as practice goes on, so he would like to see better concentration at the start of the session. Offensive lineman Kenny Lacy was probably the most penalized player on Saturday and spent a large amount of time running laps for false starting. Continue reading

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UCLA DB Ishmael Adams charged with misdemeanor battery

UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams was charged with misdemeanor battery on Monday, according to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 16.

The redshirt junior had been suspended for the first three games of the season following his arrest on Aug. 30 on suspicion of robbery. He allegedly used force to steal a cell phone from an Uber driver.

Head coach Jim Mora reinstated him on Sept. 22, after the Los Angeles County district attorney declined to pursue felony charges.

“We feel as a program that he’s missed a quarter of his season,” Mora said then. “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.”

Adams had started 26 straight games for the Bruins until his suspension. He has recorded eight tackles, two pass breakups and an interception since his return.

UPDATE: Jim Mora said on Tuesday that Ishmael Adams’ status with the team has not changed.

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