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.

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page

Myles Jack kicked out of a practice for second straight fall camp


Myles Jack was kicked out of practice on Friday after an extended display of anger by the UCLA linebacker following a scuffle with an offensive lineman.

Jack was restrained by several different coaches and players for the entirety of the ensuing water break, but when the linebacker continued to yell in the direction of left tackle Conor McDermott, head coach Jim Mora directed an assistant coach to “get him out of here.” This is the second consecutive fall camp Jack has been kicked out of a practice.

“Sometimes there’s flare-ups, there’s dust-ups,” UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure said. “It’s really how you recover as a team. You expect the leadership to take control of the locker room.”
Continue reading

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page

Myles Jack, Paul Perkins represent UCLA on Walter Camp watch list

UCLA tailback Paul Perkins ran for 1,575 yards to lead the Pac-12 in 2014. He is watch-listed for the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA tailback Paul Perkins ran for 1,575 yards to lead the Pac-12 in 2014. The redshirt junior is watch-listed for the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Both Myles Jack and Paul Perkins made the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

Representing UCLA among 48 other names, the linebacker and running back head into their junior season as arguably the biggest names on the Bruins’ offense and defense. The former is a versatile defender capable of matching up against wide receivers, while the latter was UCLA’s first conference-leading rusher in nearly 15 years.

Perkins is also on watch lists for the Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards, while Jack is in the running for the Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Paul Hornung Award.

The Walter Camp watch list also included several other Pac-12 players: Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon and linebacker Scooby Wright III; Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan and linebacker Blake Martinez; USC linebacker Su’a Cravens and quarterback Cody Kessler; Cal quarterback Jared Goff; Oregon running back Royce Freeman; Utah running back Devontae Booker.

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page

Four UCLA players highlight Lombardi Award watch list

As preseason watch lists continue to drown each other out, the Lombardi Award is trying a new way to distinguish itself: including as many names as it can find.

If such lists are intended as a guideline for award voters heading into the season, this committee won’t get much help from the bloated 145-man roster — a number that more than doubles the size of many other watch lists.

So the fact that four UCLA players are on the radar for the Lombardi Award — given to the top offensive or defensive lineman, or linebacker — is not overly surprising. Linebacker Myles Jack (who also made the Butkus Award watch list today) and defensive linemen Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes are the Bruin defense’s most valuable players. Each of them will finish the season with at least an all-conference nod.

The one UCLA name on the list that could raise an eyebrow is offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch. While the junior has started 22 games at right tackle, he is not as irreplaceable on the line as center Jake Brendel or left tackle Conor McDermott.

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page

UCLA’s Kenny Clark, Myles Jack make Bednarik Award watch list

UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark and linebacker Myles Jack both made the 80-man watch list for the Bednarik Award on Tuesday.

Both Clark and Jack are entering their junior seasons as arguably the most valuable players on the Bruins’ defense, if not the team as a whole. Clark registered 58 tackles last season, including 5.5 for loss, while Jack had 88 tackles to go with seven pass breakups.

No Bruin has ever won the Bednarik Award, which has been given to college football’s top defensive player since 1995. Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III won it last fall as a sophomore, and is vying to become the third repeat winner after Penn State’s Paul Posluszny (2005-06) and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald (1995-96).

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someonePrint this page