VIDEO: Marques Tuiasosopo, Kolton Miller, Poasi Moala

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo talks about his seven (!) quarterbacks, the competition for the backup spot, and what impresses him about Mike Fafaul, Devon Modster and Matt Lynch.

Offensive lineman Kolton Miller talks about the offseason conditioning program and his title as Conor McDermott‘s “mini me.”

Offensive lineman Poasi Moala talks about his haircut, his new-found focus and the unity on the offensive line.

Also, apologies for the extraordinarily low-quality videos today. My phone was having a rough day in the sun.

UCLA OG Alex Redmond leaves Bruins, signs with NFL agent

UCLA offensive lineman Alex Redmond has left the team and signed with an NFL agent, head coach Jim Mora said Tuesday.

The junior had been a mainstay on the Bruins’ offensive line ever since he arrived in 2013 as four-star recruit. He started all 13 games at right guard his first season, and was named a Freshman All-American. He started eight games in 2014, and 10 this fall.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Redmond will likely risk going undrafted.

His departure leaves the Bruins very thin at guard heading into Saturday’s kickoff against Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl. Redshirt sophomore Kenny Lacy is still limited with an ankle injury. Other options for the team are redshirt sophomore Poasi Moala and redshirt freshman Cristian Garcia.

UCLA post-spring position outlook: Offensive line

Spring football is done, and over three months still stand between us and the start of UCLA’s third season under Jim Mora — one that comes with national title aspirations and accompanying media glare. Over the next week, this blog will cover each of the Bruins’ position groups. Next up …

Offensive line

UCLA is facing life without left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, set to become the school’s highest-drafted offensive lineman since Kris Farris went to the Pittsburgh Steelers as a third-round pick in 1999. And yet, the Bruins aren’t in bad shape without the man they voted their offensive MVP, one who earned the conference’s Morris Trophy as well as All-American nods.

No returning lineman is as versatile or mobile as Su’a-Filo, and not having a dynamic pulling guard will likely impact the Bruins’ running game. What should balance out his absence is a unit that is deeper and more experienced that it was a year ago — a continuing reclamation project sparked by 2013’s stud signing class. Continue reading “UCLA post-spring position outlook: Offensive line” »