UCLA spring camp notes: Kolton Miller takes first-string O-line reps

— Offensive lineman Simon Goines was present at today’s practice, but remained on the sideline when UCLA went into 11-on-11 drills, presumably giving him a day of rest given his long history of leg injuries. With Caleb Benenoch taking on a similar workload, first-string reps at right tackle went to redshirt freshman Kolton Miller.

The former four-star recruit had looked good as a backup left tackle through spring, and he continued to hold his own moving up to play with the starters. Former four-star recruit John Lopez, who hasn’t really been in the two-deep, took Miller’s place as the backup left tackle.

— After giving every quarterback a share of first-team reps on Saturday, UCLA has gone back into the two-by-two rotation. Today wasn’t the most enlightening session, as the Bruins mostly eschewed downfield plays for runs and goal-line work. Josh Rosen returned from his absence on Monday and took his turn running the first-string offense. He looked about as in command as he has through most of spring, though he wasn’t quite as impressive as he had been during the weekend — when he looked heads and shoulders above everyone else.

Mike Fafaul had a good day as the second-string quarterback, making one particularly nice throw to Jordan Lasley in the left corner. The walk-on has decent arm strength, and would do well in a pinch if UCLA got hit with a run of injuries during the season.

— Marcus Rios took most of the first-string reps at cornerback today opposite Fabian Moreau. He matched up with Jordan Payton, and looks like he could be a good bet to stay in that spot. If he sticks, Ishmael Adams would likely move to nickel.

— Receiver Alex Van Dyke and running back Craig Lee both appeared to injure their hamstrings today. The receiving corps is getting banged up a bit, with Eldridge Massington having spent the last week on an exercise bike due to a hamstring injury of his own.

Mossi Johnson also sat out after an undisclosed injury on Monday, but offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said the sophomore could return tomorrow.

— I’ve written this already this spring, but Nate Starks looks like he’s going to make a very strong tandem with Paul Perkins. UCLA has been happy to give Starks a healthy amount of first-team reps this spring in order to preserve the Pac-12’s leading rusher for the season, and he’s responded by running with a lot of conviction.