UCLA suspends cornerback Ishmael Adams after arrest

UCLA has suspended cornerback Ishmael Adams indefinitely following the player’s arrest this weekend on suspicion of robbery.

Head coach Jim Mora announced the decision on Tuesday afternoon, several hours after Adams posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail. The redshirt junior will not play in the Bruins’ season opener against Virginia on Saturday, and does not have his first court date until Sept. 22.

Mora said that he and his staff emphasize that players have a responsibility “to represent the highest ideals and moral values,” and that their position on the team puts them under greater scrutiny. Continue reading

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UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams released from jail

UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams was released from jail on Tuesday morning at 6:24 a.m, more than 48 hours after he was first arrested on suspicion of robbery.

The 21-year-old had been arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly stealing a cell phone from an Uber driver, but posted $100,000 bail. He had been scheduled to appear in court this afternoon, but his first court date has also been rescheduled to Sept. 22.

Adams has started in 26 straight games and made the All-Pac-12 first-team defense last season.

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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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