UCLA to hold ‘Spring Showcase’ at StubHub Center

UCLA will conclude its spring football schedule at the StubHub Center, the school announced today.

The Bruins moved their April 26 “Spring Showcase” to the Carson sports complex after drawing an announced crowd of 15,000 to the Rose Bowl last year. The event starts at 5 p.m., but doors will open two hours earlier. Football players will be available to sign autographs from 3-4 p.m., with Olympic sport athletes doing the same the following hour.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5, or at the door for $10. UCLA students and children under 2 receive free admission.

It will also air on Pac-12 Networks.

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Five-star quarterback Josh Rosen commits to UCLA

Five-star quarterback Josh Rosen committed to UCLA early this afternoon, solidifying the Bruins for life after Brett Hundley.

Hundley — who will go pro after his upcoming redshirt junior season — was touted as “The Savior” and guided the program toward the national title conversation, but even he wasn’t as highly rated as Rosen coming out of high school. Continue reading

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Defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes breaks foot, will miss UCLA’s spring practices

For at least the next few months, UCLA will be without a key part of its defensive line: rising star Eddie Vanderdoes.

Head coach Jim Mora said on a Bruin Report Online podcast that Vanderdoes broke a bone in his foot and will be out for spring. The Bruins start practicing on April 1 and will hold their “Spring Showcase” on April 26. Continue reading

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Top quarterback prospect Josh Rosen to announce college decision Thursday

Will UCLA land its next quarterback prospect soon?

Five-star 2015 recruit Josh Rosen will announce his college decision at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in a ceremony at St. John Bosco High. Rated No. 1 and No. 2 at his position by Rivals.com and Scout.com, respectively, he is widely considered a heavy lean for the Bruins. His other finalists are Michigan, Cal and Stanford.

A pair of Rosen’s high school teammates already signed with UCLA as part of the 2014 class: defensive back Jaleel Wadood and defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, both of whom were four-star prospects.

Rosen himself was at Spaulding Field on Wednesday afternoon, throwing with Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley, as well as Philip Rivers and Tim Tebow.

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Bruins add home-and-home series with Texas A&M in 2016, 2017

Jim Mora has touted national championship aspirations nearly since the moment he stepped foot on the UCLA campus. He’s ensuring that the Bruins schedule like a contender.

The UCLA football team has added a home-and-home series with Texas A&M, starting at College Station on Sept. 3, 2016 and returning to the Rose Bowl on Sept. 2, 2017. Continue reading

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Jordan Zumwalt talks combine, UCLA pro day and draft stock


After UCLA’s pro day, linebacker Jordan Zumwalt looked back on everything from his expletive-laden 40-yard dash last month to his hit on Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas in the Sun Bowl.

“I think it was my senior year that gave me a big jump,” he said of his draft stock on Tuesday. “Midway through my season, I was talking to my coaches — they talked to scouts — and they said I was a nice surprise.”

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Xavier Su’a-Filo talks UCLA pro day, rising draft stock


According to UCLA head coach Jim Mora, a pair of NFL scouts called Xavier Su’a-Filo the best guard coming out in the draft since Steve Hutchinson — high praise considering that the seven-time Pro Bowler was selected 13 years ago.

Though the other 30 teams may not feel as strongly, the versatile offensive lineman has generated some first-round buzz over the past few weeks. “Going to the combine, a lot of people didn’t really know who I was,” he said. “What a lot of people really want to see me improve, is clean up my pass protection and learn different schemes.”

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Jim Mora reels off ‘insane’ 40-yard dash times after UCLA pro day


According to the UCLA head coach Jim Mora, these were the 40-yard dashes his players clocked during Tuesday’s on-campus pro day:

LB Anthony Barr, 4.45 (official combine time 4.66)
WR Shaq Evans, 4.32 (4.51)
DE Cassius Marsh, 4.68 (4.89)
LB Jordan Zumwalt, 4.61 (4.76)
RB Damien Thigpen, 4.36
S Stan McKay, 4.38
RB Malcolm Jones, 4.57
DB Brandon Sermons, 4.39
OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, 4.88
DE Keenan Graham, 4.66
DL Seali’i Epenesa, 5.16

A pair of 2013 prospects also returned to work out …
Aaron Hester, 4.37
Jerry Johnson, 4.31 Continue reading

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Lincoln High to honor former UCLA All-American Kenny Washington

Former UCLA football star Kenny Washington will be honored today at Lincoln High, as his prep alma mater dedicates a square in his name in northeast Los Angeles.

Washington was the Bruins’ first All-American in football, and his No. 13 jersey was the first to be retired by the team. He broke an unofficially segregated NFL in 1946, signing a contract with the Los Angeles Rams to break a 13-year color barrier. Lincoln High’s auditorium will host a retrospective ceremony at 10 a.m., with the square dedication starting at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of North Broadway and Lincoln Park Avenue.

You can read more about Washington here, or find out more about Thursday’s event here.

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