UCLA football excited to get out of San Bernardino

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

The UCLA football team wrapped up Pac-12 Media Days on Friday looking forward to fall camp. For linebacker Jayon Brown, there’s one more reason than usual to be excited.

Unlike in past years, the Bruins will only be spending one week in San Bernardino instead of two. Head coach Jim Mora scheduled the first week of camp on UCLA’s campus before spending the final week at Cal State San Bernardino.

“That’s lovely,” Brown said of getting to stay in Westwood for a week of camp. “Everybody on the team I know is hyped up for that. The ‘Dino is hot and it’s dry and it’s not a lovely place. Sorry for all the people out there in the I.E.” Continue reading

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Video: Jayon Brown and Conor McDermott at Pac-12 Media Day

Here’s some video of linebacker Jayon Brown and offensive tackle Conor McDermott at Pac-12 Media Day.

Brown talks about getting picked to win the Pac-12 South, the return of Eddie Vanderdoes and facing Noel Mazzone in the season opener.

McDermott talks about his decision to return to UCLA.

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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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