Head coach Jim Mora
Quarterback Josh Rosen
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley
Receiver Eldridge Massington
Linebacker Jayon Brown
Offensive lineman Conor McDermott
Well, we know who UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen won’t be voting for this year.
While golfing at Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes over the weekend the soon-to-be sophomore wore a “(expletive) Trump” hat and posted an Instagram post with the same phrase as the caption. He since edited the post:
The Bruins wrapped up the first week of spring practice Saturday with their first practice in full pads.
Notes and observations:
— Jim Mora was happy with the team’s ability to practice safely in pads (i.e. minimal tackling to the ground, not going after collisions too aggressively, etc.) while still maintaining physicality and competitiveness.
— False starts continue to be a problem under the new snap counts, and Mora attributed it to “a lack of concentration.” The head coach noted that the problem generally improves as practice goes on, so he would like to see better concentration at the start of the session. Offensive lineman Kenny Lacy was probably the most penalized player on Saturday and spent a large amount of time running laps for false starting. Continue reading
This week, Josh Rosen said he most wants to improve on turnovers for his sophomore season. He pointed out that eight of his 13 turnovers last season came in what he called “our biggest losses,” which were the losses to Arizona State, Stanford, USC and Nebraska.
His 11 interceptions were the most among the top true freshman quarterbacks last year. It’s odd to think he could reach such a number when also remembering that he set a school record for completed passes without an interception (245).
Here’s a closer look at Rosen’s game-by-game turnovers, broken down by when they occurred during each game: Continue reading
Day 2 is in the books.
Here’s a notebook from practice, focusing about the team’s commitment to physical play on both sides of the ball.
Watch post-practice interviews here with clips from Tom Bradley, Marques Tuiasosopo, Kenny Young and Eldridge Massington. Scroll down in this post for full interviews with Bradley and Tuiasosopo.
Here are some notes/observations from practice:
— After a rough day on Tuesday, the offense was a lot sharper during the two scrimmage periods. It wasn’t enough to outshine the defense though, as the offense “lost” the second scrimmage and had to run. Head coach Jim Mora kept a tally of which side won each play (i.e. if the defense made a stop or if the offense gained the necessary yardage) and the defense ended up winning on the last play. The offense was sentenced to running the length of the field. Offensive coaches ran too, just much slower than the players.
— Josh Rosen had some good throws during practice, including a 50-yard strike to Kenny Walker. It was slightly underthrown, but Walker made a great adjustment to catch it over a defender. Rosen also sent a good deep throw to Darren Andrews during the 7-on-7 period.
— Eldridge Massington caught a few good passes in the middle of the field. He said after practice that he and Rosen are developing a good relationship, and that he tells the quarterback to “throw me the dang ball.” Continue reading