UCLA spring camp notes: Myles Jack practices at kick returner

» Myles Jack worked a bit as a returner on Monday, and yeah — it’d be a ton of fun to watch the linebacker toss his 6-foot-1, 231-pound frame around on special teams in a real game. Don’t hold your breath, though.

“If he’s doing that, he’s just messing around,” said head coach Jim Mora, who expressed surprise that Jack had been returning kicks. “Myles has to be moving out there. So if there’s a drill he’s not involved in, he just goes and gets involved. I didn’t even know he was taking reps back there. He’s not on the depth chart as a kick returner.”

And given UCLA’s depth there, putting Jack at further risk of injury seems foolhardy — no matter how thrilling the potential highlights.

In addition to No. 1 returner Ishmael Adams, the current rotation on kick and punt returns includes safety Jaleel Wadood, receiver Jordan Lasley, receiver Devin Fuller, running back Craig Lee, receiver Kenneth Walker, safety Randall Goforth and receiver Aaron Sharp.

» Not much has changed in the ongoing quarterback race. Josh Rosen, Jerry Neuheisel, Asiantii Woualrd and Mike Fafaul each took a share of reps today, and none of them did anything that seriously upset the perceived pecking order behind center. Continue reading

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Jim Mora declines further comment on Soso Jamabo’s arrest

UCLA is staying mum on the status of five-star signee Soso Jamabo, a top recruit who was arrested in Texas this weekend for evading police.

Asked about Jamabo on Monday, Bruins head coach Jim Mora declined to comment on whether or not the arrest would impact the running back’s ability to join the program.

“At this time, I can’t expand further on the comment that we already made,” Mora said. “It just wouldn’t be fair for me to do so. I don’t know enough.” Continue reading

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VIDEO: Jim Mora talks UCLA quarterbacks and more on Monday

Head coach Jim Mora talked after UCLA’s practice on Monday, touching on the Bruins’ ongoing quarterbacks race and redshirt sophomore Asiantii Woulard.

“It was the best day he’s had since he’s been here, Saturday,” Mora said. “He looked comfortable. Tonight, he backed it up with another really good practice. Not perfect, but a lot better. Things are moving in the right direction at that position.”

Mora also talked about the secondary, including the development of cornerback Marcus Rios, as well as receiver Jordan Lasley’s “quick trigger.”

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UCLA spring camp notes: Kene Orjioke gets medical waiver

– Kene Orjioke will be limited to sideline work for the rest of spring as he recovers from a torn ACL he suffered in October, but UCLA head coach Jim Mora said he was sure that the outside linebacker will be ready for fall. Orjioke had to have an additional operation to have scar tissue scoped out, but appears to be back on schedule in his rehab.

He received a hardship waiver after playing only four games last season, so he’ll be a redshirt junior this fall. The same goes for defensive backs Ishmael Adams and Randall Goforth, who got waivers for the 2012 and 2014 seasons, respectively.

NaJee Toran, who started one game as an offensive guard last season, also received a waiver. He will be a redshirt freshman after switching to defensive line.

– Thursday’s practice was walk-on Mike Fafaul’s turn to run with the first-team offense, and he actually looked more effective than Jerry Neuheisel did on Wednesday. His best throw was probably one to Alex Van Dyke, who jumped up to grab the ball over Ishmael Adams. Continue reading

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