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UCLA redshirt senior T Justin Murphy will transfer as a graduate.

Murphy (6'6/291) was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA this fall following a long history of injuries. He actually retired at one point before coming back to the game. The redshirt senior transferred from Texas Tech to UCLA last spring and managed to start the first four games of the 2018 campaign before being waylaid by a meniscus injury. Murphy was ultimately able to return in a bench role for the final two games of the season. It's not immediately clear where he might be eyeing for his final collegiate stop.
Dec 12 - 2:57 PM

UCLA redshirt senior S Adarius Pickett accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Pickett (5'11/195) was a productive player for the Bruins over the past few seasons, and he followed up an 85 tackle season as a redshirt junior with a 77 one that also featured two interceptions. His ability to make plays as a run-defender as a free safety will certainly help his stock, but his coverage skills are what teams are going to want to see at events like this one. There will be a lot of eyes on Pickett in St. Petersberg.
Dec 11 - 2:02 PM

UCLA redshirt senior T Justin Murphy received a sixth year of eligibility.

Murphy has battled injuries throughout his career, and started just four games in both the 2014 and 2015 season for Texas Tech that forced him to retire temporarily. He transferred to UCLA as a graduate in April, and because of the injuries, he'll get one more year with the Bruins in 2019.
Dec 10 - 2:30 PM

UCLA promoted OL coach Justin Frye to offensive coordinator.

Chip Kelly will, of course, be the mastermind at UCLA, but this is a big promotion for the offensive line coach. Frye has been in Los Angeles for just one season, and his presence was certainly felt late in the season, especially in the Bruins' rushing attack. Before being brought on by Chip Kelly, Frye spent five seasons with Boston College. Bruce Feldman described Frye as "highly thought of in coaching circles."
Dec 9 - 4:41 PM

UCLA redshirt junior TE Caleb Wilson declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Wilson (6'4/233) was a monster this season, recording a 60-964-4 receiving line to earn first-team All-Pac-12 recognition. All three marks on that line stand as the best of his career. Now onward to the NFL Draft. The Draft Network's Benjamin Solak refers to Wilson as an "[e]xcellent hands catcher who has no trouble snagging high-velocity balls away from his frame and at odd angles with long arms and powerful mitts." In terms of his pro demerits, the analyst notes that Wilson will need to bulk up to start in the NFL and that he has shown subpar lateral quickness, which has in turn caused issues in pass protection. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell ranks Wilson as the No. 4 draft-eligible tight end in the 2019 pool.
Dec 6 - 2:27 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight completed 24-of-47 passes for 466 yards with one interception in Saturday's 49-42 loss to Stanford.

Speight will finish his collegiate career on a relatively high note, as he beat his previous career high for passing yards by over 100 yards, but the Bruins failed to score on their last possession, which sends them to 3-9. Chip Kelly will build on the late-season offensive surge, and UCLA could surprise people next year if he can find the right starting quarterback. The Bruins should be excited for the next step in the Chip Kelly era. For Speight, he will finish his college career with 28 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.
Nov 24 - 8:19 PM

UCLA junior WR Theo Howard caught five passes for 88 yards in Saturday's 49-42 loss to Stanford.

Howard (6'0/182) had a few big grabs, but all of the scoring came on the ground, which has been the story for Howard the entire season. Since UCLA is not headed to a bowl game, the junior receiver will finish the year with 51 receptions and 677 yards (13.3 YPC) but he only has four touchdowns. Howard can dip to the NFL Draft now if he thinks his smaller frame and mediocre production aren't big enough knocks against him. A senior season with Chip Kelly's ascending offense is not a bad fallback option for Howard.
Nov 24 - 8:08 PM

UCLA redshirt junior RB Joshua Kelley rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 49-42 loss to Stanford.

Kelley (5'11/204) was coming off a 289-yard, 40-carry performance, so it's not surprising that he wasn't at his best just seven days later, but credit to the Stanford defense for making UCLA pass the ball instead of letting Kelley run all over the field. For most of the year, Kelley has been very efficient -- he finishes his breakout season with a 5.5 YPC average on 225 carries -- and he now has to weigh his options in terms of his football future. Kelley is draft eligible, but he only has one season playing Power 5 football. When asked about the NFL Draft, Kelley said, "I haven’t really even thought about that." With UCLA failing to reach a bowl game, Kelley could have a decision made in the near future.
Nov 24 - 7:59 PM

UCLA redshirt junior TE Caleb Wilson caught nine passes for 184 yards in Saturday's 49-42 loss to Stanford.

Wislon (6'4/233) kept picking up first downs with 10+ yard gains but his biggest pickup of the game went for 66 yards. The redshirt junior has been thriving recently under Chip Kelley, and NFL scouts will appreciate his receiving ability whenever he jumps to the next level. Wilson is draft eligible, and, should he declare, he will be in the mix as a Day 2 or Day 3 pick in the NFL Draft. The redshirt junior ends the year averaging over 16 yards per catch on his 60 grabs, so it's likely that he's NFL bound.
Nov 24 - 7:48 PM

UCLA freshman RB Martell Irby (foot) returned to Saturday's game against Stanford.

Irby (5'8/200) was having some issue putting weight on his left foot after sustaining the initial injury, but back at it, now. If there is any lingering issue with the three-star freshman, we will pass along word as information warrants.
Nov 24 - 6:44 PM

UCLA freshman RB Martell Irby left Saturday's game against Stanford due to an apparent injury to his left foot.

Irby (5'8/200) was having issues putting weight on his left foot after going down injured in the second half. He was subsequently helped to the trainer's table for further evaluation. Joshua Kelley was dinged up on the same drive, but has managed to reenter the contest. Consider Irby questionable to return to Saturday's contest.
Nov 24 - 6:30 PM

UCLA junior WR Theo Howard caught five passes for 76 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 34-27 win over USC.

Howard was on the receiving end of a 33-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter, and then the rest of the game was in running back Joshua Kelley's hands. The Bruins were essentially one dimensional after Howard's touchdown catch, but USC didn't have any answers for Kelley. Howard will bring his 589 receiving yards into the season finale against Stanford.
Nov 17 - 7:22 PM

UCLA redshirt junior RB Joshua Kelley rushed for 289 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries in Saturday's 34-27 win over USC.

Kelley single-handedly took over the rivalry game. After converting a goal line carry for a touchdown in the second quarter, Kelley took a handoff to the house from 55 yards out in the fourth to give the Bruins the lead. His 289 rushing yards were a USC-UCLA rivalry record, and it even pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark on the season. The Bruins will finish off their season with a matchup against Stanford, and Kelley will be a workhorse in that one as well.
Nov 17 - 7:15 PM

UCLA freshman RB Kazmeir Allen (undisclosed) was in uniform and participating in warmups ahead of Saturday's game against USC.

Allen (5'8/175) has missed UCLA's last two games due to injury, leaving the Bruins with one less option in the backfield. The freshman running back performed well in UCLA's season-opening loss to Cincinnati, breaking off a 74-yard run and finishing the game with 103 yards and a touchdown on five carries. However, since racking up ten carries in the Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, Allen's had a total of 14 carries in his six appearances since.
Nov 17 - 2:58 PM

UCLA junior DE Moses Robinson-Carr has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Robinson-Carr is being hit with his second suspension of the year, as he was also one of six player that were suspended for the opener against Cincinnati for a violation of team rules. He was converted from tight end to defensive end this spring, and he's appeared in six games for the Bruins.
Nov 14 - 4:34 PM


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