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UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) took part in rollout drills during Wednesday's practice.

Speight (6'6/232) had not been rolling out in practice since sustaining a back injury against Cincinnati in Week 1, but he's finally been cleared for those drills, a good sign that he's been making at least some progress in his recovery. UCLA is off on bye this coming weekend, giving him a little extra time to get right before the Bruins take on Colorado on Friday, Sept. 28. True freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson has started in Speight's place each of the last two games.
Sep 19 - 3:40 PM

UCLA HC Chip Kelly told reporters Tuesday that he has no response to critical comments made of him by Michael Robinson, the father of Bruins starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

"I have no response," Kelly said on the Pac-12 teleconference. "I mean, everybody's entitled to their opinion. That's what's the great thing about sports: When you win, people say good things, and when you don't, people don't say good things. That's life, you know?" On Sunday, Michael Robinson, responding to tweets from Bruin Report Online about his son's play in the loss to Fresno State, blamed "lousy coaching and play calling" and said that Kelly's success at Oregon "was simply a fluke."
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 1:04 PM

UCLA freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson's father sent out several tweets critical of HC Chip Kelly after Saturday's 38-14 loss to Fresno State.

Thompson-Robinson's father, Michael Robinson, called Kelly a ""million dollar coach who bares [sic] no responsibility." He also said that Kelly was a "fluke" for what he did while the coach at Oregon who relied on other offensive playcallers. Thompson-Robinson was not effective against Fresno State in the loss, completing just 10-of-24 passes with two interceptions and a score. These comments likely (shouldn't) have any baring on the quarterback competition, but, they are certainly interesting to read if you like drama.
Source: ESPN
Sep 17 - 2:38 PM

UCLA junior WR Theo Howard snagged a team-high four receptions for 80 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's 38-14 loss against Fresno State.

Howard easily had the offensive highlight of the night for UCLA in an otherwise dreary performance for HC Chip Kelly's offense. He collected a 45-yard pass from Dorian Thompson-Robinson early in the second quarter to slice the Bulldogs' lead to 16-7. Howard has managed at least 52 receiving yards in each of his first three outings, and the visit to the end zone was his first since the team's Cactus Bowl loss against Kansas State. Howard will look to keep up the good work on Sept. 28 at Colorado after the team's bye.
Sep 16 - 2:58 AM

UCLA freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed just 10-of-24 passes for 151 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 38-14 loss against Fresno State.

DTR was making just his second collegiate start in place of the injured Wilton Speight (concussion). While his accuracy was terrible and the Bruins slipped to 0-3, he did show some glimpses of brilliance on the ground with a team-best 49 yards on eight attempts. It's uncertain if Speight will be ready for the next game at Colorado on Sept. 28, but at least he has 13 days to recover. If not, Thompson-Robinson would again be under center.
Sep 16 - 2:51 AM

UCLA sophomore DE Jaelan Phillips (undisclosed) participated in pregame warmups ahead of Saturday's game against Fresno State.

Phillips being able to take part in pregame warmups bodes well for his ability to play Saturday night, as he did not take part in practice Wednesday. The sophomore DE left UCLA's Sept. 8 loss to Oklahoma in the second quarter due to an unspecified injury and did not return to the game.
Sep 15 - 10:06 PM

UCLA freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson is in line to start against Fresno State on Saturday.

With Wilton Speight (concussion) failing to warm up with the other quarterbacks, looks like it will be true frosh Thompson-Robinson drawing the second start of his young career. Against Oklahoma last weekend, he threw for 254 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder remains quite raw, but he's flashed early. UCLA is still looking for their first win under new HC Chip Kelly.
Sep 15 - 9:46 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) did not participate in pregame warmups ahead of Saturday's game against Fresno State.

Speight was limited in practice throughout the week, so while the door was left open for a return to action his not being able to play isn't a shock. As a result true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will lead the UCLA offense, with Devon Modster serving as his backup.
Sep 15 - 9:45 PM

UCLA senior RB Soso Jamabo has been reinstated after serving a two-game suspension.

Jamabo (6'2/212) was suspended for UCLA's opening contests against Cincinnati and Oklahoma due to a violation of athletic department policies. He should be available for this weekend's showdown with Fresno State, though just what kind of initial carry-load he will receive in comparison to Bolu Olorunfunmi remains to be seen. Jamabo represents the cautionary side of recruiting evaluations, as he's never rushed for more than 450 yards in a campaign after initially joining the Bruins as Rivals' No. 22 overall prospect in the 2015 class.
Sep 14 - 4:42 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) did not take part in rollout drills during Wednesday's practice.

Speight (6'6/232) has not yet been ruled out for Saturday's game against Fresno State, but he's been limited in practice all week. Barring a sudden recovery, it's looking more and more like true frosh QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson will once again take the start for the Bruins. Speight has a history of spinal issues and you can expect that UCLA will keep him on the sidelines until fully healthy. The UM grad transfer injured his back in the first half of the team's opener against Cincinnati two weekends ago.
Sep 13 - 8:04 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) was not taking part in rollout drills during Tuesday's practice.

While Speight is being limited in practice it's a good sign that he's practicing at all. The redshirt senior signal-caller injured his back in the second quarter of Week 1's loss to Cincinnati. True frosh Dorian Thompson-Robinson started in his place versus the Sooners on Saturday and would draw the start once more against Fresno State this coming weekend if Speight remains sidelined.
Sep 11 - 6:15 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) is practicing in a limited capacity on Monday.

Speight apparently didn't compete in the quarterback "rollout" drills, but did make throws from 25 yards, and participated in the handout drills. According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles times, Speight (6'6/232) looked "limited" in mobility, however. It would be a surprise if Speight was able to play on Saturday against Fresno State, so expect freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson to get the start against the Bulldogs.
Sep 10 - 2:35 PM

UCLA redshirt junior TE Caleb Wilson hauled in four passes for 92 yards in a 49-21 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

Wilson did most of his damage on one play, a 65-yard strike from Dorian Thompson-Robinson that set up a UCLA touchdown. He was able to haul in three more passes, but they were for relatively short yardage. The most important thing is that Wilson looks healthy, and he's showing he's capable of being a play-making tight end even without Josh Rosen. He should get more targets next Saturday against Fresno State.
Sep 8 - 4:57 PM

UCLA senior RB Bolu Olorunfunmi ran for two scores and 56 yards on 15 carries in a 49-21 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

Olorunfunmi was mostly ineffective against the Sooners, but he was able to find the end zone twice to make this at least a decent day for the senior tailback. He gave the Bruins a brief 7-0 lead after a three-yard plunge, and he found paydirt again with a two-yard plunge to make it 42-14 Sooners in the fourth. Olorunfunmi should get most of the red-zone touches for the Bruins. We're just not sure how often they're going to get inside the 20 in 2018. Fresno State comes next Saturday.
Sep 8 - 4:53 PM

UCLA freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 16-of-26 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown in a 49-21 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.

Thompson-Robinson also added 14 yards on the ground. It was the first collegiate start for the highly recruited freshman, and at times, he showed why so many were interested in his services. He also showed why playing quarterback at that age/level of experience is very difficult, and missed on several throws. This might be a long year for UCLA fans, but expect Thompson-Robinson to get better as the year goes on, as there won't be many match-ups as tough as this one. Expect him to start next Saturday against Fresno State.
Sep 8 - 4:50 PM


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