UCLA spring camp notes: Myles Jack practices at kick returner

» Myles Jack worked a bit as a returner on Monday, and yeah — it’d be a ton of fun to watch the linebacker toss his 6-foot-1, 231-pound frame around on special teams in a real game. Don’t hold your breath, though.

“If he’s doing that, he’s just messing around,” said head coach Jim Mora, who expressed surprise that Jack had been returning kicks. “Myles has to be moving out there. So if there’s a drill he’s not involved in, he just goes and gets involved. I didn’t even know he was taking reps back there. He’s not on the depth chart as a kick returner.”

And given UCLA’s depth there, putting Jack at further risk of injury seems foolhardy — no matter how thrilling the potential highlights.

In addition to No. 1 returner Ishmael Adams, the current rotation on kick and punt returns includes safety Jaleel Wadood, receiver Jordan Lasley, receiver Devin Fuller, running back Craig Lee, receiver Kenneth Walker, safety Randall Goforth and receiver Aaron Sharp.

» Not much has changed in the ongoing quarterback race. Josh Rosen, Jerry Neuheisel, Asiantii Woualrd and Mike Fafaul each took a share of reps today, and none of them did anything that seriously upset the perceived pecking order behind center. Continue reading

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UCLA spring camp notes: Kolton Miller takes first-string O-line reps

— Offensive lineman Simon Goines was present at today’s practice, but remained on the sideline when UCLA went into 11-on-11 drills, presumably giving him a day of rest given his long history of leg injuries. With Caleb Benenoch taking on a similar workload, first-string reps at right tackle went to redshirt freshman Kolton Miller.

The former four-star recruit had looked good as a backup left tackle through spring, and he continued to hold his own moving up to play with the starters. Former four-star recruit John Lopez, who hasn’t really been in the two-deep, took Miller’s place as the backup left tackle.

— After giving every quarterback a share of first-team reps on Saturday, UCLA has gone back into the two-by-two rotation. Today wasn’t the most enlightening session, as the Bruins mostly eschewed downfield plays for runs and goal-line work. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Kolton Miller adjusting to role on UCLA’s offensive line

A four-star recruit out of Roseville (Calif.) High, offensive tackle Kolton Miller talked to reporters about his first few weeks with the UCLA football team. He said learning the playbook was the biggest challenge, but said senior lineman Malcolm Bunche — a graduate transfer — helped him a great deal.

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UCLA could push for second straight top-10 recruiting class

Four-star tackle Kolton Miller’s commitment to UCLA on Tuesday night didn’t just add another big body (6-foot-8!) to a quickly improving offensive line. It may help put the Bruins into unprecedented territory — according to recruiting rankings, at least.

Through archives dating back to 2002, UCLA has not secured back-to-back classes ranked in the national top 10 by both of the main recruiting services.

With two weeks left until National Signing Day, the Bruins’ class is now ranked No. 17 in the country by Rivals.com and No. 18 by Scout.com. They currently have the highest-rated group of Pac-12 newcomers on Rivals.com’s list. Continue reading

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