Jayon Brown signs with agent

After leading the Pac-12 in tackles as a senior, linebacker Jayon Brown signed with agent Leigh Steinberg to begin his road the NFL draft. Steinberg, the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire” who is rebuilding his career after a fight with alcoholism, had a first-round pick in quarterback Paxton Lynch in last year’s draft.  

Brown will train at Athletic Republic in Santa Ana to prepare for the combine and draft. He has also accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21. 

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who declared for the NFL draft early, has already left school to start his training. He tweeted that he was bound for EXOS, the Arizona-based facility where several previous UCLA draft picks have trained, including Myles Jack and Caleb Benenoch.

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Brown, McKinley, Quessenberry named to AP’s All-Pac-12 first team

Linebacker Jayon Brown runs drills at practice in San Bernardino. Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun

Linebacker Jayon Brown runs drills at practice in San Bernardino. Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun

Linebacker Jayon Brown, defensive end Takkarist McKinley and center Scott Quessenberry added AP first-team All-Pac-12 selections to their postseason award hauls on Friday.

UCLA’s pair of defensive stars were unanimous first-team selections.

The trio of players also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors as voted by the conference’s coaches while Brown and McKinley were also first-team all-conference selections by Pro Football Focus and ESPN.com.

Tight end Nate Iese was named to AP’s All-Pac-12 second team. Iese, who was voted second team All-Pac-12 by the coaches, was third on the team with 25 receptions and 400 receiving yards for four touchdowns in his first year at tight end.

Here is a full list of the selections: Continue reading

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Takkarist McKinley, Jayon Brown lead UCLA’s All-Pac-12 selections

Senior Takkarist McKinley is getting ready to finish his UCLA career with a homecoming to the Bay Area. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Senior Takkarist McKinley had a breakout year at defensive end for the Bruins. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley and linebacker Jayon Brown were named first-team All-Pac-12 by Pro Football Focus and ESPN.com.

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and linebacker Kenny Young were named to PFF’s All-Pac-12 second team.

McKinley and Brown were also in the running for SB Nation’s All-American team. The senior defensive end finished ninth in SB Nation’s voting for his position while Brown finished eighth among linebackers.

McKinley led the Bruins with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Brown led the conference in tackling (119) and had the first 100-tackle season for a UCLA player since Erik Kendricks in 2014. Vanderdoes, who declared for the NFL draft despite an extra year of eligibility, returned from ACL surgery to start 12 games for the Bruins this year, tallying 29 total tackles. Young was second on the team in tackling (90), tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5.0).

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Quessenberry, McKinley, Brown earn All-Pac-12 first team honors

UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown, seen tackling Utah tailback Joe Williams last season, leads the Pac-12 with 97 tackles. (George Frey/Getty Images)

UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown, seen tackling Utah tailback Joe Williams last season, leads the Pac-12 with 97 tackles. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Despite only winning four games this year, UCLA landed six total players on All-Pac-12 teams on Tuesday, led by three on the all-conference first team and two offensive lineman who blocked for the second-worst rushing offense in the country.

Offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry was UCLA’s only offensive first-team member while defensive end Takkarist McKinley and linebacker Jayon Brown led the Bruins on defense.

Quessenberry returned this season after two shoulder surgeries to start every game at center. McKinley led the Bruins with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his senior season. Brown led the conference in tackling (119) and became the first Bruin since Erik Kendricks in 2014 to reach the 100-tackle mark.

Left tackle Conor McDermott and tight end Nate Iese were named to All-Pac-12 second team offense and linebacker Kenny Young made the second team cut on defense.

Receiver Darren Andrews, safeties Randall Goforth and Jaleel Wadood, cornerback Fabian Moreau and defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes earned honorable mention honors.

The all-conference teams were selected by the Pac-12 head football coaches. Continue reading

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