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UCLA head coach Jim Mora was not ready to name a starting quarterback at Pac-12 media days, but he said he doesn't anticipate using multiple quarterbacks.

"I’d rather use one. I think that is the most beneficial way to build your team and consistency is to use one," Mora said. "But we’ll see. My gut instinct is to name a guy and support the hell out of him. That’s what I’ve tried to do." With Brett Hundley off to the NFL and Asiantii Woulard having transferred, the QB race is down to Jerry Neuheisel, Mike Fafaul and freshman phenom Josh Rosen. Most fans want Rosen inserted as starter on Day 1, but Mora is not yet ready to do so. "He hasn’t taken a snap at this level. So I don’t want to put too many expectations," Mora said. "I’ll let others put expectations on them. I think if Josh reaches his potential every day at the end of his time at UCLA we’ll look back and say he was a success."
Aug 1 - 3:54 PM

UCLA junior DT Kenny Clark is "a valuable player because of his strength in the middle of the Bruins defense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"You could also put Eddie Vanderdoes here, as the Bruins boast a top-notch combination of defensive tackles capable of occupying blockers to allow Myles Jack to make a ton of plays behind them," Brown wrote. The analyst ranks Clark as the No. 85 overall player in the sport. The 6-foot-3, 308-pound Clark logged 57 tackles and 5.5 TFL last year.
Jul 31 - 1:26 PM

UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. said six or seven players could see time on both sides of the ball.

Junior linebacker Myles Jack has previously seen time at running back, but other possibilities include redshirt junior cornerback Ishmael Adams and junior defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes. Many of the six or seven would likely have limited "roles" on their non-strong side of the ball, but we wonder if Mora is leaving the possibility open so future recruits don't feel restricted after many played both ways in college.
Jul 29 - 11:35 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack is a better athlete than 2015 first-round pick Shaq Thompson.

This is quite the compliment -- Thompson was formerly one of the top athletes in college football -- and is not without merit. After winning the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year awards two years ago, Jack followed up by posting 113 yards and three rushing touchdowns on offense and 88 tackles, eight for loss, seven pass deflections on defense as a sophomore. If all goes according to play, he's a future Rd. 1 pick. "Jack is actually more athletic than Thompson, as Jack can move well in slot coverage as well as attack the line of scrimmage," Reuter wrote.
Jul 21 - 8:16 PM

When UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack moves downhill, according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, "he's coming with bad intentions, exploding through the ball carrier, quarterback or receiver."

"At times, it seems that UCLA is so excited about Jack's immense talent that it hasn't been able to allow Jack to truly focus since he has played running back, safety, rush 'backer, inside 'backer and even over slot receivers," Zierlein wrote. "Yes, Jack is that talented and that athletic, featuring elite explosiveness and twitch." The analyst ranked Jack as the linebacker most generating interest from NFL scouts. "It is not a stretch to say that Jack could play running back, safety, inside or outside linebacker and excel at whichever position he chose," Zierlein wrote. "While Jack doesn't have many sacks to his name, I think he could be an effective rusher in the pros."
Jul 20 - 12:42 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks UCLA junior DT DT Eddie Vanderdoes as the 14th-best defensive tackle in the country.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder didn't miss a game last season, logging 50 tackles, 5.5 TFL and two sacks. He also rushed for a touchdown against Utah. "Vanderdoes has teamed with Kenny Clark to give the Bruins an exceptional pair of tackles to lead the defensive front," Brown wrote. "A five-star recruit out of high school, Vanderdoes initially signed with Notre Dame, but he changed his mind and ended up at UCLA, where he's made an impact since day one in 2013." Vanderoes may ultimately be slightly underrated by the public, as his primary job in UCLA's defense is keeping ILB Myles Jack clean by making life hell on interior offensive lineman.
Jul 13 - 11:57 PM

CLA junior DT Kenny Clark "anchors [UCLA's] defense at nose tackle, plugging the middle of the field and opening the door for production from those around him," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"A 6-foot-3, 308-pound junior, Clark emerged as a standout last year, teaming with Eddie Vanderdoes to form a stellar tackle combination for what will be one of the Pac-12's best defenses," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder logged 57 tackles and 5.5 TFL last year. Clark went No. 22 to the Giants in Todd McShay's first 2016 mock draft.
Jul 13 - 7:52 PM

UCLA senior CB Fabian Moreau is the No. 4 senior cornerback prospect in the country, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Has been a great developmental story at UCLA after spending much of his time running the ball or catching passes in high school," Kiper wrote. "Has a sturdy (6-0, 195 lbs) frame and is a willing tackler." Bruins HC Jim Mora has been calling Moreau, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, a potential first-round pick since last spring.
Jul 11 - 6:56 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that NFL scouts "understand that there is a ceiling" on UCLA junior DT Kenny Clark's draft stock "since he isn't much of a pass rusher and is unlikely to play on passing downs."

"Power, power and more power," Zierlein wrote. "Clark is one of the finest space-eaters in the college game. He has a thick, powerful base and upper-body strength to wrestle his way out of down blocks and double teams." The analyst ranks Clark as the No. 9 interior defensive linemen in the class. "Clark can maintain his position against all comers and has NFL-caliber two-gapping potential at the nose spot," Zierlein wrote. "Clark had a combined total of 26.5 run stuffs and impact tackles last season while facing quality offensive line play." The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder teams with Eddie Vanderdoes to give the Bruins a fearsome interior duo.
Jul 9 - 8:08 PM

UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen "feels like as sure of a thing as a true freshman quarterback can be," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Though the Bruins lost QB Brett Hundley, all 10 other starters on offense are back. "UCLA's offense is loaded with proven talent at every position but quarterback," Brown wrote. "While junior Jerry Neuheisel can still win the job, Rosen is the future and probably the present. A five-star recruit, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Rosen enrolled in January and participated in spring practice. He's a mature, poised and smart pro-style passer, and with a veteran roster around Rosen, UCLA can contend for the Pac-12 title." Rosen, the No. 1 QB recruit in the nation, threw for 8,473 yards and 90 touchdowns in high school.
Jul 9 - 6:00 PM

Last year, UCLA senior CB Fabian Moreau "was inconsistent and could struggle against quicker receivers," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

It was teammate Ishmael Adams who earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014, but Brown thinks Moreau is unquestionably the better prospect at corner. "Adams would be a better fit in a ranking of all-purpose players, while Moreau, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, has the higher ceiling as a pure cornerback, even if he hasn't yet lived up to the hype bestowed upon him by coach Jim Mora last offseason," Brown wrote (Mora called him a potential first-round pick). Brown ranks Moreau as the No. 19 corner in the country.
Jun 29 - 2:16 AM

UCLA wants assault charges against rapper Sean Combs dropped.

Better known as Diddy, Combs was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after swinging a piece of weightlifting equipment at UCLA strength & conditioning coach Sal Alosi because he took issue with the way Alosi was talking to his son, Bruins DB Justin Combs. The elder Combs was hit with a total of five felonies, but the school would prefer the case go away altogether. "[UCLA coaches] think Diddy is a jerk who they’d like to make persona non grata, but they don’t want to make this a courtroom spectacle, largely because it would be bad for the team," TMZ reported. "We’re told head coach Jim Mora does not want a criminal prosecution. The interns who were present and allegedly threatened could press the case, but if Mora is against it they would probably follow suit." The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will ultimately have to decide whether or not it wants to pursue charges.
Source: TMZ
Jun 24 - 8:33 PM

Rapper Sean Combs was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly swinging a piece of weightlifting equipment at UCLA strength & conditioning coach Sal Alosi.

The wild story reportedly revolves around Diddy taking issue with the way Alosi was talking to his son, Bruins defensive back Justin Combs. Alosi and Diddy are each no strangers to bizarre stories. You might recall Alosi as the strength coach of the NFL’s Jets who intentionally tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll and was forced to resign in January 2011. About one year later, he resurfaced with the Bruins. More on this story as it develops.
Jun 22 - 8:56 PM

UCLA reinstated suspended assistant coach Adrian Klemm.

He had been serving a suspension for undisclosed recruiting violations. "UCLA continues to work jointly and cooperate fully with the NCAA to complete the review of the matters surrounding Klemm’s suspension," UCLA’s athletic department said in a statement. "To protect the integrity of the ongoing process, UCLA will refrain from further comment at this time." Klemm is considered one of the best recruiters in the country.
Jun 21 - 5:50 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack "is a terrific athlete, and that speed translates to production in coverage on defense," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He's also as good as anyone in pursuit, with a knack for hard hits," the analyst noted. Brown grades Jack as the No. 3 linebacker in the nation. He doesn't expect to see Jack on offense as much this fall because of the emergence of Paul Perkins, but perhaps that will allow Jack to take another step forward as a linebacker. Either way, he's a Round 1 contender.
Jun 18 - 7:56 PM

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