Did Bolu Olorunfunmi successfully stiff-arm Myles Jack in practice?

Bolu Olorunfunmi has been one of the most pleasant surprises in UCLA’s 2015 recruiting class, showing off surprising quickness and speed and establishing himself as a legitimate option in this season’s backfield.

The three-star recruit is excited to get going too. On Sunday, he posted on Twitter a bit of film from one of the Bruins’ practices, one that featured him wiggling through a hole for a few hard-earned yards. As he broke through the line, he stiff-armed linebacker Myles Jack — leaving the star linebacker on the ground for a few seconds.

But Jack also took to Twitter to clarify what happened:

So, what really happened on that play?

“Honestly, I’ve been known in high school to kind of put my hand in facemasks,” said Olorunfunmi, who deleted his original tweet. “I’m not even sure what happened. I don’t even remember doing that in the play. Once I get the ball, I just run.”

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VIDEO: UCLA’s Myles Jack happy to get out of San Bernardino

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack just finished his third fall camp at Cal State San Bernardino. And he couldn’t be happier to be done.

“Honestly, I hate going out there,” he said Monday on campus. “That’s just real. But it’s good for you. Sometimes, life is about doing things you don’t want to have to do.

“San Bernardino’s one of those things. In the long run, looking back on it, I’ll definitely appreciate it.”

He also talked about the depth of the linebacker corps, and the likelihood of him returning kicks for the Bruins this season.

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Scott White: Myles Jack won’t end up returning kicks for UCLA

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack won't return kicks in games despite doing so in practices, according to his coaches. (Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack won’t return kicks in games despite doing so in practices, according to his coaches. (Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The first time it happened, Jim Mora dismissed it as “messing around.”

Myles Jack, he insisted, just loved being on the field — even if it meant doing something that would never translate into a game. The UCLA linebacker was not being considered a potential kick returner.

But four months have passed, and the 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior is still taking the occasional rep on special teams. And yet, once again, the coaching staff is not publicly regarding it as a viable option.

“That’s something we’re just toying with right now,” said Scott White, the Bruins’ linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. “But I don’t anticipate that being something that we go forward with.”

The two candidates White particularly likes are receivers Stephen Johnson and Mossi Johnson, who are entering their freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively. He praised the latter for his ball security, which he called the top quality he looks for in a return man.

“That’s first and foremost,” White said. “The guy that’s sure-handed. But at the same time, a guy that’s explosive enough and dynamic, can put their foot in the ground and hit it.”

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UCLA camp notes: Bruins continue to run three-quarterback rotation

» 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

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UCLA left tackle Conor McDermott downplays scuffle with Myles Jack

UCLA’s practice on Friday was marred by a scuffle between linebacker Myles Jack and left tackle Conor McDermott, but according to the latter, the two have already moved on.

“It was just the first full padded practice,” McDermott said Saturday, after the team’s sixth practice of training camp at Cal State San Bernardino. “It’s hot out there. We’re on the frontlines battling every day, every play. We’re both competitive people. That was yesterday and we moved forward. He’s one of my great friends. …

“We moved on right away afterwards. It was just the heat of the moment. The competitiveness of the day and that practice.”

Jack is one of UCLA’s best defensive players, but has displayed a short fuse through his first two years in Los Angeles — sometimes drawing flags for taunting. He was also kicked out of a practice at CSUSB last year after initiating an altercation with offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch, an incident he later described as “embarrassing.” Two years ago, he and offensive lineman Ben Wysocki were both ejected during camp.

However, Friday’s incident was arguably his worst display yet. Jack needed to be led away by linebackers coach Scott White, all while several NFL scouts were in attendance.

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