UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Clark were both named one of the nation’s top-five linemen, according to a new ranking created by graduate students at the University of Alabama.
The Schneider Scale is a collaboration with the Football Writers Association of America and meant to serve as a guide in voting for the Outland Trophy — given each year to the nation’s best offensive linemen or interior defensive linemen. Accounting for both team and individual statistics, it scored Vanderdoes and Clark at 155.0 and 147.5 points, good for second and fifth in the country after Week 1.
The ranking only underscores the impact that Vanderdoes’ injury will have on the Bruins. Continue reading
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UCLA has announced its team captains for the 2015 season, and unsurprisingly, center Jake Brendel is one of the six.
The redshirt senior was a captain in each of the past two seasons, and has started in 39 of 40 possible games in his career — only missing the 2014 season opener at Virginia with a sprained knee. Offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch called Brendel “the glue that holds not just the offensive line, but the whole offense together.”
Running back Paul Perkins was voted by his teammates as a captain for the first time, as were cornerback Fabian Moreau, defensive tackle Kenny Clark, and linebacker Cameron Judge.
Fullback Taylor Lagace is serving as a captain for the second straight season.
» At Pac-12 Media Days last month, Jim Mora said he wanted to find a starting quarterback “sooner rather than later.” At the start of training camp this week, he said UCLA would reevaluate the position after five or six practices.
But now, six days and seven practices later, the Bruins’ three-headed rotation is still going strong. During Saturday night’s full-pads session, it was Mike Fafaul who got the bulk of the first-team reps, with some also going to Jerry Neuheisel. Josh Rosen worked with the ones sparingly, but threw a pair of touchdowns.
Asked if at least one could be cut from the race by Monday, quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone held to the status quo.
“All three are doing a great job,” Mazzone said. “They’re having a great camp. I think right now, for the past seven practices, right now we still need to see more from all three of them. … We’re going to keep grinding those guys out, see what they can do.”
Mazzone did allow that if he gets a “gut feeling” about a player, then it would be appropriate to give him a larger share of the reps.
But asked if he had such feelings, he said: “I couldn’t tell you that right now.”
» Myles Jack worked a little bit at returner today, but was held out of essentially the entire second half of practice. Continue reading