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UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton had five catches for 65 yards in Saturday's 40-37 double overtime victory against Colorado.

"Payton's hands are so strong," an NFC GM told NFL.com last week. Payton has broken out with a career-high 47 receptions for 664 yards and six touchdowns this season. He had 38 catches last year. "His hands are one of his best assets, but he's a pretty complete receiver, runs routes well, and has good speed," NFL.com draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote earlier this month.
Oct 26 - 5:21 PM

UCLA redshirt sophomore RB Paul Perkins rushed for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries in Saturday's 40-37 double overtime win over Colorado.

Perkins has not been held below 80 rushing yards in a game this season, and he's posted 993 ground yards and five touchdowns across 149 attempts (6.7 YPC) overall. He's been one of the nation's elite home run threats out of the backfield this season, ranking amongst the nation's leaders in yards per attempt and rushing plays of 10 yards or more. Perkins ripped off a 92-yard touchdown run a little more than two minutes into Saturday's game.
Oct 26 - 5:06 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 24 of 39 attempts for 200 yards and one touchdown in the school's 40-37 double overtime win over Colorado.

Hundley added another 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but also a fumble. Apparently a vast majority of Hundley's passes were caught on underneath routes that allowed yards after catch opportunities. It is tough to compare teams week to week, but this Colorado defense is one USC's Cody Kessler carved up. Hundley is the same prospect he was to start the season.
Oct 25 - 6:04 PM

UCLA sophomore WR Thomas Duarte is considered questionable to play against Colorado.

Freshman Mossi Johnson would be Duarte's replacement if the receiver is not able to play. Johnson filled in for the sophomore for three quarters against California. Duarte is one of the team's leading big play threats.
Source: LA Times
Oct 23 - 10:25 AM

UCLA redshirt sophomore RB Paul Perkins "has has proven himself to be one of the top backs in the country," writes ESPN's KC Joyner.

Perkins ranks No. 5 amongst running backs in YPC (6.7) and percentage of rushing plays with five yards or more (47.7 percent) against Power 5 teams (50 rush minimum), according to Joyner. That he's doing it behind UCLA's dysfunctional offensive line makes it all the more impressive. "Perkins' big-play ability is evident in his No. 2 ranking in rushing plays of 10 or more yards (23)," Joyner wrote. "Great vision is another of his traits. That was on display when he did a superb job reading the defense and using blocks on a 49-yard screen pass that went for a touchdown against California."
Oct 22 - 6:14 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley No. 37 overall on his big board.

It's always nice to meet like-minded individuals. We've been low on Hundley for the better part of two seasons, though we'll concede it's difficult to grade a toolsy QB playing behind a shoddy offensive line. Is skittishness in the face of pressure Hundley's nature? Or is it a result of circumstance, a bad habit that can be coached out of him at the next level? Nobody can be sure, but we can tell you that we wouldn't invest the type of pick that will be required to find out. Neither would Burke. "It has been a much slower progression for Hundley than really anyone had hoped," he wrote. "The dual-threat abilities for the 6-3, 227-pound QB are undeniable. So, too, are the issues Hundley shows in sensing approaching trouble. If he heads to the NFL after this season, a QB-needy team will call his name within the first couple rounds. How long before he's ready for a starting gig?"
Oct 22 - 1:29 AM

UCLA sophomore WR Thomas Duarte is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the extent is unknown.

Duarte is the team's second leading receiver, posting 329 yards and two touchdowns on 18 receptions thus far this season. The Bruins would be missing their biggest downfield threat if Duarte is out against Colorado.
Oct 20 - 12:26 PM

UCLA redshirt sophomore RB Paul Perkins suffered a wrist injury against Cal and his status is unknown.

Head coach Jim Mora Kr. declined to update the injury. As the school's starter this season, Perkins rushed for 813 yards and three touchdowns on 130 carries. The Bruins face Colorado next.
Oct 20 - 12:06 PM

UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton had five catches for 47 yards in Saturday's win over California.

After collecting 38 catches last year, Payton has broken out with 42 receptions for 605 yards and five touchdowns this season. "Payton's hands are so strong," an NFC GM told NFL.com earlier this week. "You can tell he puts the time in working on his skills. Not your prototypical slot receiver build, but he can work both inside and outside the numbers, and welcomes being the go-to guy." Added the site's draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis: "His hands are one of his best assets, but he's a pretty complete receiver, runs routes well, and has good speed."
Oct 18 - 9:52 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 31-of-42 attempts for 330 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 36-34 win against Cal.

He added 94 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the huge performance. Hundley wasn't harassed as much as usual today, as UCLA's awful offensive line wasn't as challenged by Cal's mediocre defense. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is lower on Hundley than most, ranking him as the No. 5 draft-eligible QB. "Improvements have been displayed some weeks, namely using his athleticism as a passer along with a runner," Norris wrote. "In others, he reverts to his poor old form of dropping his eyes and becoming a running back after beating the first defender... or once fixating on the rush. Two steps forward, two steps back."
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 18 - 9:39 PM

An NFC GM praised the game of UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton.

"Payton's hands are so strong," the executive said. "You can tell he puts the time in working on his skills. Not your prototypical slot receiver build, but he can work both inside and outside the numbers, and welcomes being the go-to guy." After collecting 38 catches last year, Payton has broken out with 37 receptions for 558 yards and five touchdowns this season. "His hands are one of his best assets, but he's a pretty complete receiver, runs routes well, and has good speed," wrote NFL.com draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 10:04 PM

UCLA sophomore DT Kenny Clark was compared to former 49ers NT Michael Carter by an NFC GM.

"Clark has to deal with a lot of double teams but keeps the linebackers clean to run, and makes a great number of plays himself," the executive said. The former four-star recruit was ranked as the No. 20 DT by Scout.com when he stepped foot onto campus. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder will spend at least one more year on campus working to maximize his obvious natural gifts. "The Bruins have plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but their MVP to date has to be Clark, for the reasons the GM mentions," observed NFL.com's draft team. "The Carter comparison is interesting. Carter was drafted by the 49ers in the fifth round in 1984, the same year he won a silver medal in the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and enjoyed a very successful career in the Bay Area."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 9:11 PM

One NFL scout believes UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley should consider returning for his final season of eligibility.

"He has holes, and scouts would have found them last year," the scout said when explaining why Hundley made the smart move returning to school this year. "He holds the ball too long. He's not as accurate in the pocket once you start charting him. Those things would pop up as scouts go through their evaluation of him." These are all areas of Hundley's game our own Josh Norris has pointed to, and he would even add Hundley's tendency to keep his eye level down when pressured. There was plenty of buzz tying Hundley with Roc Nation last winter, and those rumors have already begun this year. We would be surprised if Hundley returned in 2015.
Source: LA Times
Oct 16 - 12:39 PM

Inside The League reports that it's a near-lock that UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley will join Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency once he declares for the draft.

He would join a client list that includes Kevin Durant, CC Sabathia, Geno Smith, Ndamukong Suh and Victor Cruz. Inside The League isn't the internet's most reliable breaking-news source, but this is an interesting report nonetheless that deserves to be monitored. If nothing else, it serves as further evidence that Hundley is almost 100-percent assured of bolting early for the draft this winter.
Oct 14 - 9:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that were "red flags everywhere" while watching UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley's performance in the school's 42-30 loss to Oregon.

"Hundley just cost his team 8 points because he couldn't see/anticipate/feel frontside pressure. Red flags everywhere," Brugler tweeted. The redshirt junior was 26-of-37 passing for 216 yards and two touchdowns and an interception, but was plagued by timing issues and sacked several times by the Ducks front seven.
Oct 13 - 2:31 PM


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