Jim Mora, Josh Rosen make SCNG list of 50 most powerful in Southern California sports

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region's most powerful people in sports.

Jim Mora (left) and Josh Rosen are among the region’s most powerful people in sports.

The Southern California News Group released the first installment of its 50 most powerful in Southern California Sports on Tuesday, with UCLA head coach Jim Mora and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen both making the list.

Mora checked in at No. 31 and Rosen slipped in at No. 50.

Here’s the first list of who made the cut, from No. 31-50.

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Jim Mora talks offensive changes, new coaches and Josh Rosen with Sports Illustrated

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks to the media after the first day of spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora talked with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel about UCLA’s spring practice, the changes to the offense, Josh Rosen‘s high intellect and the coaching changes during the offseason.

Mora said the coaching staff studied NFL offenses from teams like Denver, New England, Green Bay and New Orleans while constructing the new offense to look at pace of play. Those teams, Mora said, sometimes huddle and other times hand the reins over to the quarterback to run a hurry-up offense. The shift in offensive philosophy is to maximize Rosen’s skill set and was already in the works when former offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was still with the Bruins, Mora said.

Read more from Mora’s interview with SI here.

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Ishmael Adams likely to stay at receiver

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

On Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches conference call, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said Ishmael Adams could be staying at receiver for the long haul after a stellar spring camp.

“Nothing is ever off the table, but it’s not something we’re looking at at this time,” Mora said of putting Adams back on defense. “Ish looks like he’s going to be such a threat offensively, you don’t want to overload him.”

Mora added that Adams could move back “if needed” as the team searches for ways to always get its best players on the field.

Mora praised Adams’ development as a route runner, calling the cornerback-turned-receiver a “gym rat” who studies film with receivers coach Eric Yarber constantly.

“He really developed as a route runner,” Mora said. “It’s not easy. It’s an art. There’s an art to running routes and it was real exciting to see the development he made as a route runner.”

Quarterback Josh Rosen and receiver Eldridge Massington both voiced their support of Adams’ move to offense, with the quarterback saying he definitely wants to keep Adams on offense and that his newest receiver “isn’t going anywhere.”

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VIDEO: Early enrollees meet with the media after second-to-last spring practice

Lots of videos today: We had the UCLA media debuts for many early enrollees. In total, we have freshmen Mique Juarez, Lokeni Toailoa and JJ Molson, junior college transfers Takkarist McKinley, who transferred in the middle of 2014 last season (whoops), and Nick Terry, and redshirt freshman Cordell Broadus.

Jim Mora also stopped by to talk about Saturday’s Spring Showcase and the Dan Guerrero controversy.

Hit the jump for all the videos

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