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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

UCLA senior CB Fabian Moreau "will get his chance to live up to the hype in 2015, and will certainly do so if he combines his smooth athleticism with more interceptions," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

What of that hype? Consider this: Moreau has only one career interception but Bruins HC Jim Mora has been calling him a potential first-round pick since last spring. There's a ton to work with here. Moreau (6-0, 195) is a former high school running back who had to learn a new position but progressed to the point of earning second-team All-Pac-12 accolades with eight passes defended as a junior last year. Much more is expected in 2015. Reuter sees him as a top-20 draft prospect. If Moreau turns into a shutdown NFL corner, how fun are the "Island of Dr. Moreau" jokes going to be?
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 4:38 PM

Former UCLA junior S Priest Willis will visit Texas A&M this weekend, according to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.

As Liucci points out, Nebraska was a finalist for Willis' services out of high school. Texas A&M now employs the Cornhuskers' defensive backs coach who recruited Willis at the time. UCLA beat writer David Woods previously suggested UNC as a landing spot for Willis.
Jun 11 - 10:01 AM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack is the second-most versatile player in the nation, believes NFL Media.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack had 88 tackles (8 TFL) on defense and 267 yards and seven touchdowns on offense as a running back. He's posted 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. "If the Bruins junior doesn't play exclusively at linebacker this fall, he'll probably come very close to it," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Yet, among college football's two-way players, nobody has proven more on both sides of the ball. His versatility was never more relevant than when he was named both the offensive and defensive Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2013. Entering his third season, his two-way ability is less likely to surface, but it's no less prolific."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 10 - 7:41 PM

UCLA redshirt junior Paul Perkins is "a versatile weapon who excels when he's able to turn the corner on the outside and make defenders miss in space," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Last season, Perkins led the Pac-12 in rushing with 1,575 yards (an average of 6.3 yards per carry). He also had 26 receptions for 201 yards. Incredibly, Perkins was not voted to the all-conference team. That should change this year. "He'll play a big role in easing the transition of a new starting quarterback," Brown wrote, noting the loss of star QB Brett Hundley.
Jun 9 - 7:36 PM

NFL Media notes that "no one should be surprised if [UCLA HC Jim Mora] returns to the pro game."

"His competitive nature might drive him to try to prove he can be a consistent winner as a head coach in the NFL after failed stints with the Seahawks and Falcons," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. Mora models UCLA after an NFL franchise. The results have been impressive: He's 29-11 in three seasons at UCLA. It would take a sensational offer to tempt Mora back to the pros, but it wouldn't be surprising at all if those overtures are made in the near future.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 2:03 AM

UCLA freshman QB Josh Rosen "has transitioned to the next level about as well as an early enrolling freshman can at this point," notes ESPN's Travis Haney.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rosen, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the class, threw for 8,473 yards and 90 touchdowns at St. John Bosco High School. "His solid spring vaulted him into the QB1 conversation, if not the lead, and likely prompted this week’s transfer of Asiantii Woulard," Haney wrote. "Rosen will still have to hold off Jerry Neuheisel, who has some experience and is well-liked by his teammates, but everyone who encounters him believes Rosen has the physical and mental tools to seize the job by September and become a household name by October." The five-star QB is favored by many to win the starting gig this summer.
Jun 9 - 12:48 AM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack was named to the Phil Steele preseason All-America first team.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Jack was second on the team with 88 tackles, with 8.0 for a loss, totaling 113 yards on 28 carries and three scores as a running back. Jack started in 13 games at LB and had rushing attempts in 9 games for the Bruins in 2014. Our own Josh Norris, calls the two-way star "a complete linebacker who can help in the run, blitzing and in coverage."
Jun 2 - 3:55 PM

UCLA junior S Priest Willis is expected to transfer.

The former 4-star recruit would then be a redshirt sophomore at his next destination, and David Woods suggests UNC. Willis started on game at safety last season.
Source: Scout
Jun 2 - 10:49 AM

UCLA junior DT DT Eddie Vanderdoes will be "an early draft pick eventually -- whether that's next year or the following year is anyone's guess," believes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.

"The main thing for Vanderdoes is health," Bonagura wrote. "When healthy, he's shown he can be a force up front, but there's a sense his checkered injury history has somewhat slowed his development." The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder didn't miss a game last season, a nice first step in proving his reliability to evaluators. He'll be tasked with keeping blockers off of ILB Myles Jack this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 7:40 PM

UCLA junior OLB Myles Jack "will be one of the draft's best defensive players" if he decides to leave early, writes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.

"When Shaq Thompson was picked in the first round by Carolina, it was a welcome development for Jack, who views Thompson as a comparable prospect to himself," Bonagura wrote. "The plan is for Jack to play inside linebacker this season, but he likely projects at outside linebacker and, if he chooses to leave, will be one of the draft's best defensive players." Jack has posted 163 tackles and 10 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. He also finished last year with 267 yards and seven touchdowns as a running back.
Source: ESPN.com
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