VIDEO: UCLA RB Soso Jamabo on his progress as a freshman

UCLA freshman Soso Jamabo got his most significant workload yet last Thursday, when he took 18 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown in a win over Cal.

The five-star recruit has run with a bit more power lately after struggling with lowering his pad level when he first entered the program.

“Whenever I’m making plays,” Jamabo said, “or just in the game period, it’s always little flashes of, ‘You’re doing this right, but at the same time, you can do this better.’ It’s just being consistent, and working on the things I’m not very good at right now.”

He’ll likely receive a healthy share of touches again this Saturday at noon against Colorado. Starting running back Paul Perkins injured his knee last week, and left Tuesday’s practice after about 80 minutes.

UCLA running back Paul Perkins suffers leg injury against Cal

An already battered UCLA team took another blow on Thursday.

With about 6:35 left in the second quarter against Cal, star running back Paul Perkins suffered an apparently leg injury after rushing for 73 yards on 11 carries at the Rose Bowl. He went down after being hit just above his left knee knee by Cal defensive back Cameron Walker.

Walker went low, his helmet driving into Perkins’ leg. The redshirt junior tried to stand up right after the hit, but couldn’t initially put his full weight on the leg. After a few minutes on the field, he walked toward the sideline unassisted, but limping.

Trainers examined the area around his left knee, and Perkins later spent some time on the stationary bike. He shook hands and talked with several teammates, none of them appearing distraught.

Backup running back Nate Starks was also out with a head injury, so true freshman Soso Jamabo assumed the lead role in UCLA’s backfield. The five-star recruit ran for 30 yards on six carries before halftime.

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