UCLA head coach Jim Mora talked on Monday about a “lull” in the practice, and how the Bruins shook off the stretch to pick up the energy again without much prompting. He also talked about the defense’s improvement, and Devin Fuller practicing a bit at outside receiver.
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
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.”
— 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