PHOTOS: Day 13 of UCLA spring practice

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Click the photo above (or here) for a photo gallery of Wednesday’s practice from photographer Brad Graverson.

Above, from clockwise from upper left: tight end Austin Roberts; running back Bolu Olorunfunmi; wide receiver Stephen Johnson III; quarterback Josh Rosen.

Also from Day 13:

Soon to come HERE is a notebook coming about Theo Howard, who made his media debut Wednesday, and the returns of Mique Juarez and Josh Woods.

Here are video interviews with Howard, Woods, Deon Hollins and Cameron Judge.

Here is the practice report for the day.

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UCLA football announces 2016 spring practice schedule

Jim Mora and the UCLA football team will start spring practices on March 29. (Scott Varley/Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora and the UCLA football team will start spring practices on March 29. (Scott Varley/Staff)

UCLA football has announced its upcoming spring practice schedule, which will take place at the on-campus intramural field just north of Pauley Pavilion. All sessions will be open to the public, starting with the first of 14 practices on March 29.

The Bruins’ “Spring Showcase” will be held at neighboring Drake Stadium on April 23 at 11:30 a.m., with tickets costing $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

Parking will be available in Lots 4, 7 and 8, with rates maxing out at $12 per day.

Tuesday, March 29 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, March 31 – 7 a.m.
Saturday, April 2 – 9 a.m.
Monday, April 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 7 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – 10 a.m.
Monday, April 11 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 14 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – 11 a.m.
Monday, April 18 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 21 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – Spring Showcase — 11:30 a.m.

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UCLA spring camp position review: Running backs

UCLA running back Nate Starks during football practice at UCLA on April 20, 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA running back Nate Starks during football practice at UCLA on April 20, 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA found backfield stability last season in the form of Paul Perkins, who broke out and became the first Bruin to lead the conference in rushing since 2001. As long as he’s healthy, the running game should churn along smoothly.

But what will make UCLA’s next quarterback even happier is the depth behind Perkins. One of the intriguing performances this spring camp came from Nate Starks, who had a promising albeit limited role as a true freshman last season. Starks only had 31 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns, but those stats don’t accurately show how impressive some of those runs were. He also had his best game when UCLA needed him most, in a 17-7 win over Arizona. Against the Wildcats, Starks had five carries for 41 yards, including a 21-yarder on 3rd-and-11 deep in UCLA territory. He was also the primary back on the Bruins’ first fourth-quarter drive.

Last month, UCLA leaned a little harder on him. Perkins is the clear No. 1 on the roster, but Starks got a healthy share of first-team reps through camp too — and for the most part, proved he deserved them. Continue reading

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