Conor McDermott, Jayon Brown to represent UCLA at Pac-12 Media Day

Jayon Brown will be a leader on defense this season for UCLA. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jayon Brown will be a leader on defense this season for UCLA. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Offensive lineman Conor McDermott and linebacker Jayon Brown will be UCLA’s player representatives at Pac-12 Media Days next month. UCLA is scheduled to take the podium at Hollywood & Highland on July 15 at 10:30 a.m. during the two-day event.

Quarterback Josh Rosen‘s absence at the event is surely intentional. In fact, Colorado’s Sefo Liufau is the only quarterback expected to be at the event. Meanwhile, there are four offensive linemen coming. Oregon State is bringing punter Nick Porebski.

Other notable players scheduled to come are USC’s Adoree Jackson, Oregon’s Royce Freeman, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.

Schedule for team media events is as followed: Continue reading

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UCLA spring practice standouts

Spring standouts for UCLA include Takkarist McKinley (top left) and Kenny Walker (far right). Photos by Brad Graverson and Thomas R. Cordova, Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Spring standouts for UCLA include Takkarist McKinley (top left) and Kenny Walker (far right). Photos by Brad Graverson, Thomas R. Cordova and Michael Owen Baker (Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)

Spring camp is over and while we wait for the Bruins to resurface in San Bernardino, we’ll get to breaking down what happened over the past month of practice.

First, here are three things we learned and three things we’re left wondering about after 15 practices.

Second, if you missed any coverage from spring, you can find links to all the blog/Daily News stories in the week 4 wrap up.

Now finally, here are some players who stood out during spring and you should look out for when fall camp rolls around:

OFFENSE

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Receiver Kenny Walker

I distinctly remember my first time watching Walker. It was last year’s season opener in the Rose Bowl when he dropped Josh Rosen’s flawless first-career passing attempt. It was a pretty big let-down.

Walker said he has worked tirelessly to change his perception as a fast receiver who can’t catch, and it showed during spring. He had some of the best plays of the day during the Spring Showcase, including a great over-the-shoulder catch near the sideline during seven-on-sevens. Continue reading

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Defense under Tom Bradley focuses on stopping run

Defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, and linebacker Jayon Brown work on their selfie game after practice on Tuesday. The two are two leaders on the UCLA defense this season. Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze/SCNG

Defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, and linebacker Jayon Brown work on their selfie game after practice on Tuesday. The two are two leaders on the UCLA defense this season. Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze/SCNG

Tom Bradley returns for his second year as UCLA defensive coordinator and a main concern for him and head coach Jim Mora will be solidifying the rushing defense.

The defense lined up mostly in a 4-3 formation during Tuesday’s practice and the shift could go a long way toward solving UCLA’s inconsistent performances against the run last year. However, Mora, linebacker Jayon Brown and defensive tackle Eli Ankou maintained that the changes are minor. Ankou called it “window dressing.”

“You go point A to point B,” he said. “You just play the game. I wouldn’t say it’s much different.” Continue reading

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VIDEO: Jim Mora, Josh Rosen talk first day of spring practice

UCLA opened spring practice today. As you would expect on the first day, it was sloppy at times, especially during the 11-on-11 scrimmage periods, but there are 14 more practices to iron out those mistakes. Here are some post-practice comments from head coach Jim Mora, quarterback Josh Rosen, linebacker Jayon Brown, offensive lineman Conor McDermott and defensive lineman Eli Ankou.

Head coach Jim Mora

QB Josh Rosen


DL Eli Ankou


LB Jayon Brown


OL Conor McDermott

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