Questions today, answers tomorrow. Thanks.
Q: Should I be nervous about the Utah game? Do you get the sense that the players are focused on only the next game or are they beginning to become overconfident and far-sighted?
“Wary” might be a better word than “nervous.” I think UCLA is raring to go again after New Mexico State plus a bye week, so there shouldn’t be too much worry about overconfidence. Utah has a talented quarterback in Travis Wilson however; the 6-foot-7 sophomore can throw as well as he runs, and will be the Bruins biggest challenge yet at the position. There doesn’t seem to be any inclement weather ahead though.
Q: What’s up with all of the late starts for home games? I know TV, but can’t we play during the day once in a while? Continue reading
Q: Can you give us a list of the true freshmen that have played and those who have not and will presumably redshirt?
These freshmen have all played: WR Darren Andrews, OL Caleb Benenoch, S Jayon Brown, DL Kenny Clark, P Sean Covington, WR Thomas Duarte, DE Kylie Fitts, S Tahaan Goodman, LB Deon Hollins, LB Myles Jack, LB Cameron Judge, WR Jalen Ortiz, OL Alex Redmond, LB Isaako Savaiinaea, DE Eddie Vanderdoes, CB Priest Willis.
Asiantii Woulard will redshirt barring significant injury to quarterback Brett Hundley. Running back Craig Lee looked headed for a redshirt in fall camp, and UCLA has more than enough bodies in its backfield rotation. Unless a player higher up in the depth chart gets nicked, the freshmen who haven’t already burned their redshirts probably won’t do so.
Q: How does Massington look in practice? Do you think he will play this year or redshirt? If the latter, is it health related or simply because we are stacked at WR this year? Continue reading
Q: What do you think our chances are for getting either Jordan McLaughlin or Quentin Snider? If not them, is there anyone else we are in the running for?
McLaughlin will likely commit to USC when he announces on Wednesday; UCLA didn’t really prioritize him over the past few months. Snider is more of a toss-up, though he seems like a Illinois lean after taking a visit there. UCLA still has a chance to sway him. If the Bruins strike out on both, which is a distinct possibility, their point guard recruiting for 2014 looks dire.
Q: What are the Bruins doing to acclimate themselves for what will be a local 9 am PDT kickoff on Saturday in Lincoln? Morning practices? Getting out to Lincoln by Thursday afternoon?
UCLA has held morning practices for most of camp and the season, and usually starts lifting before 6 a.m. Mora moved a few practices earlier this week to help them acclimate, but he’s not too concerned with the time difference given the team’s usual routine. Continue reading
Q: How many points will UCLA need to beat Nebraska? After seeing Nebraska surrender 600 yds to Wyoming, should we feel a lot better heading into that game? Brett Hundley and our offense can give us a shot against anybody correct?
A: I’d give Nebraska some benefit of the doubt for early-season rust, but UCLA looks pretty good for that game. You’re right: Brett Hundley and company have the firepower to hang with most teams. Taylor Martinez will give the Bruins trouble with QB runs, though they’ll have a bye week to prep for that. It’ll be more about how much UCLA can limit him rather than how many points the team can put up.
Q: Do you see any possibility in changes to the depth chart for running backs? Steve Manfro has alligator arms. Malcolm Jones is on a mission. I believe he should eventually take the No. 2 back behind Jordon James.
A: The depth chart looks pretty fluid after James, so there’s a chance for anybody to carve out a more significant secondary role. I’m not ready to give Jones the edge there, however; he looked good, but he also came in late against a Nevada defense that looked gassed.
Q: How realistic is the Brett Hundley Heisman talk? Continue reading
Q: Do you think Jim Mora might still hold him Anthony Barr out — suit him up, but only use him if the game gets close?
A: I think Barr will start if he’s ready to play. That he already returned to practice today, albeit in shells, seems to indicate that he’s on track. If Mora was worried about having to ease Barr into game action, I doubt the linebacker would have started practicing already.
Q: I hate to even put this out there, but here goes: If Brett Hundley goes down, does Baby Neuheisel have the chops to carry this team? Or, does Jim Mora press Woulard into action and burn the redshirt year? Continue reading