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UCLA T Conor McDermott accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

The All-Pac-12 performer is an athletic pass blocker who converted over from tight end. McDermott helped Paul Perkins become UCLA’s third-leading rusher in school history last year. To be fair, Pro Football Focus panned his 2015 work. More positively, it liked him in 2014 as Brett Hundley's blindside protector.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 1 - 2:32 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

In this a breakout senior season, McKinley had 10 sacks. An NFL scout told MMQB in October that McKinley "could be the next DeMarcus Ware." McKinley (6-foot-2, 265 pounds) ran a 10.58 in the 100-meter dash.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 1 - 1:32 PM

UCLA redshirt junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

An NFL scout recently told the LA Times Vanderdoes is "more of a run player than a pass rusher, but he’s kind of sneaky. He knows how to slip off guys." Vanderdoes follows in the footsteps of former teammate Kenny Clark, who was selected in the first round by the Packers. Vanderdoes missed the entire 2015 season due to a torn ACL. UCLA will lose a good amount of talent to the NFL.
Source: LA Times
Nov 29 - 10:09 AM

UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen will enter the 2017 season with his third offensive coordinator in three years.

UCLA parted ways with Kennedy Polamalu after the school's 4-8 season, which featured a limited Rosen due to a shoulder injury. Rosen is widely viewed as a premier quarterback prospect, but a lost 2016 season puts plenty of pressure on the 2017 campaign.
Nov 28 - 9:18 AM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DT Greg Rogers.

Rogers has taken his fair share of visits this autumn, including trips to Arizona State, Colorado and Oklahoma. And, of course, UCLA. The Bruins might currently be slogging through a 4-7 season, but they impressed the 6-foot-4, 298-pounder enough during his visit to sway him to the cause. UCLA's current 2017 class ranks just 36th in the FBS by Scout.com's standards, but they have secured two incredibly clutch commitments along the defensive line. In addition to Rogers (Scout's No. 85 overall prospect), they also have a pledge from defensive end Jaelan Phillips (No. 7 overall on Scout). Of course, should either of these young gentlemen -- or goodness forbid, both -- opt to decommit over the next two months, that would serve as a significant blow. UCLA currently has just 10 commitments, total.
Source: Scout.com
Nov 22 - 5:23 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora called redshirt senior TE Nate Iese (leg) a game-time decision for Saturday's showdown with USC.

Iese did work with trainers during Wednesday's practice. Just how close (or far) he is from seeing the field on Saturday is an uncertain proposition. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound redshirt senior initially injured his leg in last weekend's win over Oregon State. In eight games played this season, Iese owns a 25-400-4 receiving line.
Nov 18 - 8:09 PM

UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen expects to fully recover from right shoulder surgery, and head coach Jim Mora reiterated that statement.

As you know, Rosen has been sidelined since October 8. He underwent surgery on Monday for a soft tissue injury. A timetable for the offseason, in terms of practice and recovery, is not available at this time. This will certainly pop up as a topic of discussion during the 2017 season, after which Rosen will be draft eligible.
Source: Daily Bruin
Nov 8 - 8:03 AM

UCLA senior WR Darren Andrews caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 20-10 loss to Colorado.

Andrews hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Mike Fafaul in the first quarter. The rest of his evening proved quiet. The same could be said for the Bruins in general, as UCLA now sits at 3-6. For his part, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Andrews is working to a 43-573-4 receiving line. Andrews and company will need to pull out wins against Oregon State, USC and Cal over these next three weekends if they want to achieve bowl eligibility.
Nov 4 - 2:42 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Mike Fafaul completed 15-of-29 passes for 185 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Thursday's 20-10 loss to Colorado.

Fafaul had thrown at least three touchdown passes in each of his last two games, but Colorado put the clamps down on the Bruins' offense on Thursday. UCLA's only touchdown in the contest came when the 6-foot-1, 199-pounder hit Darren Andrews for a 39-yard touchdown in the closing minutes of the first quarter. This was Fafaul's second consecutive start and his third consecutive game seeing significant snaps. In that three-game space, he has thrown for 907 yards with a 9/7 TD/INT ratio. The redshirt senior is expected to start UCLA's final three games (vs. Oregon State and USC, @ Cal), as Josh Rosen will sit out the remainder of the campaign due to a shoulder injury.
Nov 4 - 2:14 PM

A UCLA spokesman confirmed that sophomore QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

On Tuesday, HC Jim Mora would not rule Rosen out for the year, but any potential return was always going to be long shot. A return in 2016 is no longer in the cards. Rosen is not scheduled to undergo surgery. Most encouragingly, UCLA's spokesman indicated that the star-crossed sophomore does not have nerve damage in his shoulder. While there is no timetable for Rosen's return, a more clear picture of his health should begin to emerge in the offseason. As for the remainder of the current campaign, Mike Fafaul will finish out as quarterback starter for UCLA's final three games.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 4 - 12:15 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora would not rule out the possibility of sophomore QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) returning before the end of the season.

Multiple reports on Tuesday have UCLA shutting down Rosen for UCLA's final four games of the season due to a shoulder injury with possible nerve damage. Mora indicated that there is no such damage in his sophomore gunslinger's shoulder, though, and said. "I would put nothing past Josh with regards to what his future this year looks like." Stranger things have happened, but we think Mora might just be yelling at the rain, here. UCLA is 3-5 on the season. There is no reason, at all, to risk Rosen's health for what is essentially a cooked campaign at this point. Mora's job security may well be riding on that arm's success or failure next season.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 1 - 6:37 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Mike Fafaul indicated that he is trying not to change his mindset despite increased responsibilities.

According to multiple reports, sophomore Josh Rosen will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2016 season due to concerns over nerve damage in his injured right shoulder. That puts Fafaul in line to start UCLA's final four regular season games. "I try not to look at the big picture as much. I tell you guys all the time, I just try to take it one step at a time," Fafaul said after practice on Monday. Entering the 2016 campaign, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound redshirt senior had appeared in just two career games. In two starts in place of Rosen this year, he has thrown for 722 yards and an 8/6 TD/INT ratio. He attempted 70 passes against Utah just prior to the bye week.
Nov 1 - 4:19 PM

UCLA sophomore QB josh Rosen will likely be held out for the remainder of the season with his ongoing shoulder injury, according to Bruin Report's Tracy Pierson.

The news is not surprising, as Rosen has not been healthy in practice sessions open to the media. Add on the fact that head coach Jim Mora has been cagey to offer a timetable and UCLA is 3-5 on the season, and Rosen has no real reason to come back during the 2016 season. Hopefully the nerve issue can be overcome, as Rosen has displayed impressive talent in a number of games.
Source: Scout.com
Nov 1 - 12:00 PM

UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen continues to be extremely limited in practice while dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder.

In the 15 minutes of practice beat writer Ben Bolch observed, "The right-handed Rosen gingerly lobbed a few short passes with his left hand before appearing to intentionally short-arm the ball on a handful of right-handed passes." Rosen has not played in a game situation since October 8. At 3-5 on the season, UCLA is in contention for absolutely nothing. We would not be surprised to see Rosen sit out the remainder of the year.
Source: LA Times
Oct 31 - 8:51 AM

UCLA TE Nate Iese had eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's loss to Utah.

This was easily Iese's best receiving output of the season. It should be noted that he didn't do it with Josh Rosen behind center. Iese has 23 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns this year.
Oct 26 - 4:29 PM


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