UCLA’s Jake Brendel, Fabian Moreau to attend Pac-12 Media Days

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau (10) will help represent the Bruins at Pac-12 Media Days. He is pictured here defending former UCLA receiver Devin Lucien during spring practice on Apr. 16, 2014. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

At Pac-12 Media Days next month, UCLA will be represented by center Jake Brendel and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

The event expanded to two days for the first time in 2014, and will remain in that format at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on July 30-31. Head coach Jim Mora and his two players are scheduled to speak on the first day at 10:50 a.m.

The Bruins have customarily brought veteran players to the conference’s first major press event of the season, and this year is no exception. Brendel is an easy pick as a team captain, one who has started 39 of 40 possible games in the middle of the offensive line.

That Moreau is attending rather than linebacker Myles Jack is a bit of a surprise, but the cornerback is one of the few seniors with starting experience. The former running back was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last season, but put together an underwhelming campaign given his preseason hype.

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UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard decides to transfer out

UCLA quarterback Asiantii during the Bruins' spring practice Spaulding Field on April 15, 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Asiantii during the Bruins’ spring practice Spaulding Field on April 15, 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard has announced his decision to transfer out, and leaves the Bruins having never taken an in-game snap.

Woulard was a former former-star recruit in 2013, an Elite 11 MVP who looked like he had the potential to become Brett Hundley’s successor. However, the Florida native struggled to absorb the nuances of the position after his first preseason camp at Cal State San Bernardino.

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Four more UCLA kickoff times announced on 2015 schedule

UCLA coach Jim Mora prior to the Bruins' game against Utah at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA coach Jim Mora prior to the Bruins’ game against Utah at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 4, 2014.
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For all your tailgating planning purposes, UCLA’s nonconference schedule is now fully set with kickoff times.

The Bruins will open their season on Sept. 5 at the Rose Bowl with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff against Virginia, which they will then follow with a pair of 7:30 p.m. starts at UNLV (previously announced) and against BYU.

UCLA’s Thursday games at Stanford and at home against Cal in October are also set for 7:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. kickoffs, respectively.

Here’s what the 2015 schedule looks like so far, with TV broadcast information: Continue reading

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Former five-star cornerback Priest Willis transfers out of UCLA

UCLA’s Priest Willis breaks up a pass intended for Arizona State’s D.J. Foster during the Bruins' 38-33 loss to the Sun Devils on November 23, 2013. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

UCLA’s Priest Willis breaks up a pass intended for Arizona State’s D.J. Foster during the Bruins’ 38-33 loss to the Sun Devils on November 23, 2013. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

Former five-star recruit Priest Willis has decided to transfer out of UCLA, becoming the second Bruin cornerback to do so in the span of a week.

The news of Willis’ departure, first reported by Bruin Report Online, follows Jalen Ortiz’s announcement last Tuesday that he would leave UCLA. Neither player was going to break into the Bruins’ starting lineup anytime soon, but Willis at least had a chance to be on the two-deep.

Instead, his UCLA career has ended after just two seasons, with the once-touted defensive back prospect appearing in 20 games. The Arizona native leaves Los Angeles with 27 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception.

Willis still has a redshirt year available, and will preserve two seasons of eligibility at his new school.

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UCLA lands three on Phil Steele’s preseason All-American teams

Myles Jack is one of three UCLA players on Phil Steele's preseason All-American list. The linebacker is pictured during UCLA's "Spring Showcase" at the Rose Bowl on April 24, 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Myles Jack is one of three UCLA players on Phil Steele’s preseason All-American list. The linebacker is pictured during UCLA’s “Spring Showcase” at the Rose Bowl on April 24, 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Three UCLA players received spots on Phil Steele’s preseason All-American teams, the annual list released on Monday morning.

Linebacker Myles Jack earned a second-team nod, while nose tackle Kenny Clark and center Jake Brendel made the fourth team. Jack and Clark are the Bruins’ two most talented defensive players, and both are likely bound for the NFL draft after their junior seasons. Brendel, a redshirt senior, is a fourth-year starter who has played in 39 of 40 possible games.

Six Bruins landed on Steele’s preseason All-Pac-12 first team, although Brendel settled for a second-team spot behind USC center Max Tuerk — a preseason first-team All-American. In addition to Jack and Clark, the first team included receiver Jordan Payton, offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch, defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, and cornerback Fabian Moreau.

The most notable absence on the list is left tackle Conor McDermott. The 6-foot-9 lineman started the last seven games of the 2014 season, and projects to be the most important player on the offensive line besides Brendel.

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