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UCLA true freshman LB Mique Juarez remains on an excused sabbatical due to unspecified personal issues.

Juarez, a five-star recruit, mysteriously stopped showing up for practice a few days into summer camp. HC Jim Mora described it as an "excused" absence for an unspecified personal issue. Juarez told the Orange County Register that he’s seeing a psychiatrist after dealing with "just too much pressure." Juarez tweeted congratulations to his teammates following the BYU win. Bruins defensive end Takkarist McKinley tweeted back: "Who is this guy"?
Sep 21 - 1:41 PM

UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen completed 23-of-37 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 42-21 win over UNLV.

Rosen wasn't horrible by any stretch of the imagine, but you would like to see more statistical production on 37 pass attempts, particularly against a lesser opponent like UNLV. Chosen Rosen has not thrown for multiple touchdowns in either of UCLA's games this season. Fantasy owners should exercise patience here. UCLA will square off with BYU next weekend as Rosen tries to get his season on track.
Sep 10 - 11:38 PM

UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen completed 26-of-46 passes for 343 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 31-24 overtime loss at Texas A&M.

Despite what the final gaudy yardage total may say, Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis had Rosen and HC Jim Mora's numbers in this one. The Aggies caved UCLA's line with regularity and harassed the young signal-caller into discombobulation. Rosen looked confused at various times, for example dropping a snap and then hitting a wide-open defender for what could have been a disastrous interception late in the fourth quarter. Of course, Rosen's NFL gun was also on display. In the same frame, during a frenzied comeback, Rosen scrambled to the right and flung a bomb to WR Kenneth Walker that was beautifully dropped between a pair of Aggie defenders on a 62-yard touchdown connection. Rosen will be fine, but UCLA's offensive line remains a cause for concern.
Sep 3 - 8:13 PM

UCLA sophomore RB Soso Jamabo rushed for 93 yards on 24 carries in Saturday's 31-24 overtime loss at Texas A&M.

Paul Perkins' replacement added five catches for 41 yards. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was mostly stymied by A&M's front, which spent most of its afternoon in the backfield. But both Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi flashed, giving the Bruins hope that the run game won't crater with Perkins off to the NFL.
Sep 3 - 8:08 PM

Greg Gabriel spoke with one "NFL personnel man" who said UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen "better drop entitlement attitude if he wants to be as good as he thinks he is."

We hear NFL personnel people complain about a quarterback's attitude every single year. Why? Because there are hundreds of "NFL personnel" people, and each has an opinion. It is worth understanding that one opinion does not mean the entire NFL thinks that way. Plus, Rosen does not turn 20 years old until February. Rosen and Deshaun Watson are clearly the two most talented quarterbacks in college football at this time, with Watson eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft and Rosen eligible in 2018.
Aug 25 - 11:22 AM

At Pac-12 media days, UCLA coach Jim Mora compared UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen at this stage in his career to where Peyton Manning was at the same point.

"I'm not comparing him to Peyton Manning in the NFL," Mora told Sports Illustrated. "But at this stage of his career -- essentially the same point -- he's the same guy in terms of football intelligence and work ethic." NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says Rosen is the most gifted quarterback in college football. Rosen isn't eligible for the draft until after next season.
Aug 13 - 8:08 PM

An opposing Pac-12 coach says UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen is the best quarterback in the nation.

"The quarterback is the best guy out there, and I mean the best guy in the country right now. That's what we thought, anyway," the coach said. "Man, he is the real deal and we've got to deal with him for two more years. He didn't play like a freshman. I think sometimes he made mistakes trying to do a little too much, but they want him to be aggressive and use his arm because he's got the confidence and ability to put the ball where he wants it. He'll learn when to pull it back with time, but there's no doubt he's going to be a big-time pro." UCLA coach Jim Mora has suggested that Rosen would have been the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft if he'd been eligible.
Aug 13 - 3:49 PM

UCLA redshirt freshman WR Cordell Broadus has left the team.

This is the second time Broadus has quit the Bruins. The four-star recruit never played a game for UCLA.
Aug 8 - 5:31 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 TE Jimmy Jaggers.

"With the lack of tight ends [at UCLA] and the want to be a pro-style offense and the way it’s evolving offensively, it’s in a great part of California, you get to play in the Rose Bowl, there’s not much more to ask for," Jaggers said. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder indicated that while he still might take the opportunity for some official visits this fall, he is "100%" on-board with the Bruins. He ranks as Rivals' No. 194 overall prospect and their No. 5 TE for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 5 - 2:33 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora indicated at Pac-12 media days that he doesn't want to place too heavy of a load on sophomore QB Josh Rosen.

"The danger is that you give him too much," Mora said, "that you overestimate what a young person can handle given all the other stresses they have in their life with school and social and just being a young person." While he doesn't want to overload Rosen, Mora has repeatedly praised the 6-foot-4, 210-pound gunslinger to the rafters this offseason and his admiration for the young signal-caller is impossible to miss. Said Mora, "He's got tremendous arm talent. He's very, very smart. He has a great feel for the game, both offensively and defensively. He can make all the throws." Beyond the arm-talent, Rosen's brain is already drawing rave reviews. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein has referred to him having "advanced football intelligence," while Mora himself has talked about opening up the offense in order to best utilize Rosen's smarts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 3:07 PM

UCLA freshman WR Theo Howard noted that he is hoping to enter the season with a playing weight of 185 pounds.

As of April, Howard had already added eight pounds through his work in the Bruin facilities. He was listed at 6-foot, 174 pounds coming out of high school, so that 185-pound goal is well within reach. Redshirt senior WR Kenny Walker has been impressed with Howard's technical prowess and indicated that he has never seen such precision from a freshman wideout. The mental aspect of the game might be Howard's biggest hurdle to overcome. "(They tell me to) watch film and stay in the playbook whenever you can. Stay consistent with it," he said. UCLA lost their top two receivers from 2015 (Thomas Duarte, Jordan Peyton) and Howard is in a prime position to make an immediate impact. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 288 prospect for the 2016 cycle.
Jul 27 - 1:24 PM

NFL evaluators will get a "truer look" at UCLA sophomore QB Josh Rosen's pro potential in new offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu's pro-style scheme, writes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

"Quarterbacks always find their way toward the top of the draft board, but Rosen won't be a late riser -- he's already being monitored as a top-rated prospect after just one season," Zierlein wrote. "Rosen's quick release and advanced football intelligence should help move the hype train along at a very quick pace, but deservedly so." The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder accumulated 3,670 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman last fall. Most of his supporting skill position cast is now in the NFL, but Rosen should be just fine.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 7:01 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora is comfortable with sophomore QB Josh Rosen's ability to diagnose the defense before the snap.

"When you have an intelligent quarterback like Josh," Mora said, "what you want to do is give him the ability to change some things at the line of scrimmage that he sees," adding that the goal of the offense is to allow flexibility -- in terms of speed-to-the-line, huddling, etc. -- depending on Rosen's view of the defensive schematic. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder carries a mountain of hype into the 2016 season. To wit, the media at Pac-12 Media Days picked the Bruins to win the Pac-12 South -- something that even surprised Mora given that the team lost their final two games of 2015 in uninspiring fashion. Mountain of hype.
Jul 16 - 1:42 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora dismissed former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary's assertion that DC Tom Bradley knew about Jerry Sandusky's pattern of abuse.

In McQueary's deposition, he alleged that Bradley and Greg Schiano both had prior knowledge of Sandusky's child abuse -- going so far as to relay a story in which Schiano (according to McQueary) told Bradley that he witnessed Sandusky with a boy in the showers during the early 90's. Schiano has already denied this, with HC Urban Meyer backing his defensive coordinator. Bradley, too, has denied the claim, with HC Jim Mora likewise offering support. "It took us a long time to hire him because our university takes these things very seriously," Mora said. "So we went through the process of vetting his background and his stories and he made a statement [denying McQueary's claims] and he stands by that statement and I stand by him. I feel comfortable with that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 2:20 PM

UCLA redshirt junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes (knee) said he's been "pretty much 100 percent for two months."

Vanderdoes believes he'll start the opener at Texas A&M on Sept. 3. He suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter of last season's opener against Virginia and missed the rest of the campaign. "I was in shock. I had no clue. They told me I had totally torn my ACL and meniscus," he said. "I honestly wanted to get a second opinion ... I felt like I could have played the rest of the season." At that time, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound was seen as a first-round candidate. "I don’t even think about the NFL right now," he said. "What’s the point? I’ve got to play college football first. I’ve got to show my knee injury isn’t an issue. I need to do the things that are going to get me there, which is help my football team win."
Source: ESPN
Jul 14 - 6:02 PM


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