I was on 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City on Friday morning to talk about UCLA spring football as the Bruins will face both Utah and BYU this season. I speak quickly and awkwardly about who will be replacing the guys heading to the next level, the progression of Josh Rosen and changes to the offense, among other things.
On Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches conference call, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said Ishmael Adams could be staying at receiver for the long haul after a stellar spring camp.
“Nothing is ever off the table, but it’s not something we’re looking at at this time,” Mora said of putting Adams back on defense. “Ish looks like he’s going to be such a threat offensively, you don’t want to overload him.”
Mora added that Adams could move back “if needed” as the team searches for ways to always get its best players on the field.
Mora praised Adams’ development as a route runner, calling the cornerback-turned-receiver a “gym rat” who studies film with receivers coach Eric Yarber constantly.
“He really developed as a route runner,” Mora said. “It’s not easy. It’s an art. There’s an art to running routes and it was real exciting to see the development he made as a route runner.”
Quarterback Josh Rosen and receiver Eldridge Massington both voiced their support of Adams’ move to offense, with the quarterback saying he definitely wants to keep Adams on offense and that his newest receiver “isn’t going anywhere.”
Spring camp is over and while we wait for the Bruins to resurface in San Bernardino, we’ll get to breaking down what happened over the past month of practice.
First, here are three things we learned and three things we’re left wondering about after 15 practices.
Second, if you missed any coverage from spring, you can find links to all the blog/Daily News stories in the week 4 wrap up.
Now finally, here are some players who stood out during spring and you should look out for when fall camp rolls around:
Receiver Kenny Walker
I distinctly remember my first time watching Walker. It was last year’s season opener in the Rose Bowl when he dropped Josh Rosen’s flawless first-career passing attempt. It was a pretty big let-down.
Walker said he has worked tirelessly to change his perception as a fast receiver who can’t catch, and it showed during spring. He had some of the best plays of the day during the Spring Showcase, including a great over-the-shoulder catch near the sideline during seven-on-sevens. Continue reading
And that’s a wrap.
UCLA finished its spring camp on Saturday with the Spring Showcase. There’s lots to recap about the entire spring campaign, but for now, here’s all our coverage from week 4. By Monday morning, I’ll have a story to recap the last four weeks and get a jump start on looking forward to the fall.
- Mora explains his reasoning behind the format of the Spring Showcase
- Video interviews with Mora, Adrian Klemm, Bolu Olorunfunmi and Matt Dickerson
- Notes/observations: Defense wins big at practice
Click on the photo above (or HERE) for photos by Michael Owen Baker from Saturday’s Spring Showcase.
Above, clockwise from top left: receiver Ishmael Adams; quarterback Josh Rosen; receiver Kenny Walker and cornerback Nate Meadors; running back Soso Jamabo; quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosospo.
Links from the Spring Showcase:
- Here is the notebook focused on Rosen and Takkarist McKinley. McKinley was named the MVP of spring camp by Jim Mora (you know, if there was such an award).
- Here are video interviews with Mora, Rosen, Tom Bradley, Eldridge Massington, Jayon Brown and Conor McDermott
- Here are notes/observations for the day.