Video: Josh Rosen, Mike Fafaul, Devon Modster, Eldridge Massington

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Today was the start of the “game week” schedule, so, again, no more official practice reports. But here is a story for today about four Bruins who, I thought, helped their cases during training camp.

There’s a sidebar coming HERE about Mike Fafaul and his decision to stick it out in Westwood.

Here are videos from today’s practice of Josh Rosen, Fafaul, Devon Modster and Eldridge Massington:

Rosen talks about his training camp, this receivers and how he learned the playbook.


Fafaul talks about returning for his fifth year at UCLA, how the new offense has helped him and what he sees from the freshmen quarterbacks. You’ll unfortunately hear an extremely loud helicopter flying overhead in one part, thus drowning out Fafaul’s answer to a question about the receivers. Here’s what he said there: “I think they’re fantastic. They’ve had a great camp, all of them. To have Ishmael Adams on the offensive side of the ball is amazing. He had a terrific spring. Alex Van Dyke is really stepping up, Jordan Lasley, Eldridge Massington, they’re all playing phenomenal, I think.”


Devon Modster talks about learning the playbook, how the UCLA offense differs from what he’s run in the past and how Rosen helps him on the field.


Eldridge Massington talks about smoothing out the kinks in the offense, what each quarterback’s style is and how many people have asked him for tickets to UCLA’s season opener in his home state of Texas.

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Training camp day 2: Matt Lynch shines in 7-on-7

Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu conducts drills at practice. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Staff photographer

Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu conducts drills at practice. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Staff photographer

Here’s my main story for the day on what Ishmael Adams and Kennedy Polamalu have in common and how that comes out on the field.

Smaller notebook items on the depth at wide receiver, the running back competition and the deal with the No. 1 jersey.

A column from Mark Whicker about Conor McDermott and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett. It includes an amusing quote from McDermott’s mom about her son going through the lunch line multiple times in high school to put on weight.

Photos from day 2.

Video interviews:

Notes/observations from practice: Continue reading

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Four-star quarterback Devon Modster commits to UCLA

UCLA has landed a commitment from four-star quarterback Devon Modster, shoring up depth chart that looked very thin behind soon-to-be sophomore star Josh Rosen.

The Tesoro High standout was selected for the OC Register’s All-County team this past season, throwing for 3,355 yards and 25 touchdowns while accounting for 14 of his team’s 29 rushing scores. He had committed to Arizona in April, but reopened his recruitment on New Year’s Eve. After taking a visit to UCLA this past weekend, Modster announced for the Bruins on Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-1, 217-pound dual threat is ranked by Scout.com as the fourth-best 2016 quarterback in California, and is UCLA’s second commitment at the position. Three-star prospect Matt Lynch signed a financial aid agreement with the Bruins, and is expected to enroll for spring quarter.

Besides Rosen, the only other quarterback on UCLA’s roster with any experience is former walk-on Mike Fafaul, who has thrown four career passes for 24 yards.

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Jim Mora: UCLA backup QB Jerry Neuheisel is ‘something special’

UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel (11) is heading into his final game as a Bruin, but could stay with the team in a different capacity. (John Valenzuela/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel (11) is heading into his final game as a Bruin, but could stay with the team in a different capacity. (John Valenzuela/Staff)

The Foster Farms Bowl will be the last game for Jerry Neuheisel, ending a UCLA career that he punctuated with one of the most thrilling comebacks in recent Bruin history.

His next step after Saturday, however, remains uncertain. The backup quarterback has made clear his aspirations to become a coach. Head coach Jim Mora hinted last month that the redshirt junior could become a UCLA graduate assistant, but said this week that the two have only engaged in “preliminary discussions.”

He did take the opportunity to laud Neuheisel’s dedication to the Bruins, pointing out that he is closing his career the same way he began it in 2012: as UCLA’s scout team offensive player of the year.

“Jerry’s awesome,” Mora said. “Jerry is something special. He’s one of my favorite people in the world after only knowing him for four years. How can you not love the guy? Continue reading

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UCLA camp notes: Defense stands out in Bruins’ live scrimmage

» UCLA’s live scrimmage on Friday evening was its final practice at Cal State San Bernardino. For anyone planning to come out to the Inland Empire on Saturday, the Bruins will be out at 9:15 a.m. for its “Fan Appreciation” event.

Players will sign autographs, and free food will be available from a Stater Bros. trailer.

» The live scrimmage itself was a bit of a mixed bag. The first-team offense and defense combined as the blue team (coached by Taylor Mazzone), facing off against the rest of the Bruins on the white team (Noel Mazzone). But taking into account injuries and some liberal substitution patterns, it wasn’t exactly an accurate simulation of how the two sides stack up.

As expected, the blue team won convincingly, taking the scrimmage 39-16 thanks to a stable ground game and touchdown passes by both Jerry Neuheisel and Josh Rosen — who switched off possessions behind center. Continue reading

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