UCLA spring football starts on March 31

Brett Hundley (17) leads UCLA in a spring practice on April 3, 2014. With the quarterback now off the the NFL, the Bruins will spend this spring trying to find his successor. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

Brett Hundley leads UCLA in a spring practice on April 3, 2014. With the quarterback now off the the NFL, the Bruins will spend this spring trying to find his successor. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

The search for UCLA’s new starting quarterback will begin in a little over a month.

The Bruins announced their spring practice schedule today, with 14 practices that will start on March 31. The main event, of course, will be the competition to replace three-year starter Brett Hundley behind center. Five-star recruit Josh Rosen is the presumptive favorite after enrolling in January, but backup Jerry Neuheisel and redshirt sophomore Asiantii Woulard will make their bids as well.

Every session will begin in the morning, except for three Monday practices that start at 4:30 p.m. (April 6, 13 and 20). Since seats at Spaulding Field were removed last year, the observation areas will be standing-room only.

The spring game will be held at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Here’s the full schedule: Continue reading

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UCLA’s Spring Game scheduled for April 25

For those trying to mark their calendars, UCLA’s Spring Game has been set for Saturday, April 25. The time and location have not been announced, and the rest of the Bruins’ spring camp schedule is also not yet released.

Quarterback Josh Rosen will obviously be the main attraction, and is set to compete for the starting spot after enrolling in January along with JUCO transfer offensive tackle Zach Bateman. Of the 2015 recruits that just signed their letters of intent this week, linebacker Joshua Woods and defensive backs Nathan Meadors and Will Lockett are expected to enroll early.

Head coach Jim Mora also said Wednesday that one player he can’t name could potentially participate in spring practices — likely referring to still-undecided four-star linebacker Roquan Smith.

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Spring notes: Owamagbe Odighizuwa looks dominant in UCLA spring game


– After a season spent rehabbing from multiple hip surgeries, Owamagbe Odighizuwa looks like the dominant force everyone expected him to be as a five-star recruit.

The rising senior was unofficially credited with two sacks in UCLA’s spring game, but appeared to have at least five by the press box consensus– as well as several near-misses. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound end moved to the right side of the defensive line as an edge rusher — a spot usually filled by linebacker Kenny Orjioke, who was absent — and had little trouble blowing past left tackle Caleb Benenoch.

He also dropped back into pass coverage one a few plays, something that defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said he’s experimenting with. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich talks about ‘losing’ UCLA spring game


Coaching UCLA’s white team in Saturday’s spring game, Jeff Ulbrich ended up on the wrong side of a 28-0 blowout.

Asked how he felt, he said afterward: “Bitter. Miserable. I hate losing ping pong. I hate when a guy pisses longer than I do. I don’t like to lose.”

Ulbrich also talked about the performances of defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa, as well as linebackers Myles Jack and Deon Hollins.

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Unofficial stats from UCLA spring game

Here are the unofficial stats from UCLA’s spring game, provided by the school’s sports information department.

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Final Score: Blue 28, White 0

Scoring Plays
0:41 (First Quarter) – Paul Perkins 2-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbairn kick) – BLUE, 7-0
4:14 (Second Quarter) – Jordon James 1-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbairn kick) – BLUE, 14-0
3:40 (Third Quarter) – Jordon James 3-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbairn kick) – BLUE, 21-0
2:35 (Fourth Quarter) – Steven Manfro 3-yard TD run (Ka’imi Fairbarin kick) – BLUE, 28-0 Continue reading

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Jim Mora says UCLA spring game not useful for evaluations


– Jim Mora said UCLA’s Saturday spring game will be completely live except for quarterbacks, who will wear red non-contact jerseys, as well as kick/punt returns. The 5 p.m. event at the StubHub Center will feature four 12-minute quarters.

“They’ll get to see some real football,” he said. “No B.S., just ball.”

– Mora also added that holding a real game versus a mixed-event “Showcase” like the team did last season doesn’t actually provide much benefit for the Bruins themselves. Continue reading

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Head coach Jim Mora announces UCLA’s spring game rosters

Helped by a week of light practices, UCLA will be healthy enough to hold a real spring game after all this Saturday at the StubHub Center. Head coach Jim Mora announced rosters today for offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s blue team and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich’s white team.

It more or less looks like UCLA’s first-team offense will face the first-team defense, each respectively paired with defensive and offensive reserves. A few quick notes: Continue reading

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