UCLA head coach Jim Mora gave a few injury updates on Monday, talked about Oregon State’s quarterbacks and defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, and touched on the progress freshman Josh Rosen has made this season.
UCLA inside linebackers Isaako Savaiinaea and Kenny Young are both questionable to play at Oregon State next Saturday, head coach Jim Mora said.
Savaiinaea hurt his ankle against Cal more than a week ago, and was on the sideline in street clothes during the Bruins’ 35-31 win over Colorado yesterday. Young left in the second quarter with what Mora called an upper body injury.
Without the pair unavailable, UCLA put true freshman Josh Woods in for his first career appearance. He pulled his hamstring after about 12 plays.
Mora also listed as questionable offensive tackle Kolton Miller (knee), receiver Devin Fuller (ankle), receiver Stephen Johnson III, defensive back Ishmael Adams, offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, and cornerback Marcus Rios as questionable to play in Corvallis — but added that he doesn’t have a great “feel” for their status this early in the week.
After UCLA’s ugly 35-31 win over Colorado on Saturday, Jim Mora reeled off the Bruins’ long list of injuries, the defensive fatigue of playing for 41 minutes, and the team’s plan moving forward.
“That was a great win,” the head coach said. “That was about as gritty of a win as I’ve ever been around.”
UCLA will likely have its top two running backs in uniform again against Colorado this weekend.
Paul Perkins, who was the Pac-12’s leading rusher in 2014, and backup Nate Starks have recovered from their injuries enough to suit up for Saturday’s noon kickoff, head coach Jim Mora said Thursday.
“I would assume that both of them would play,” he said. “It looks like they’re both on track to play. I’m not too worried. I was more worried about Paul earlier in the week, but he’s done fine.”
Perkins injured his left knee in the second quarter of last week’s 40-24 win over Cal, after running for 73 yards on 11 carries. Starks was sidelined with a concussion that he sustained two weeks ago at Stanford.
How much the two backs play remains to be seen. The Buffaloes have what is statistically the weakest rushing defense in the Pac-12, allowing 209.5 yards per game and an average of 5.06 yards per carry. Continue reading
Jim Mora’s name is always going to be popular when coaching jobs open. Sometimes, he’ll come up even if there isn’t a specific connection.
On Sunday, NFL Networks’ Ian Rapaport named the fourth-year UCLA head coach among those who would be open to a move from college to the pros.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2015
Two days later, Mora — who spent more than two decades in the NFL before arriving at UCLA — dismissed the report on the Rich Eisen Show.
“I don’t know where Ian got his information,” he said. “I haven’t talked to Ian. You know how those guys are. Sometimes they just make stuff up, throw it out there, and see if it sticks.
“I’m just trying to beat Colorado. … Eyes on the prize. The prize is 12:07 kickoff, Saturday, try to win that game. That’s all I’m thinking about.”