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UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Vanderdoes returned from a torn ACL that cost him most of the 2015 campaign to start all 12 games for the Bruins in 2016. Constantly double-teamed, he posted 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder isn't a great athlete, but he plays a strong power game in clogging up the middle.
Jan 19 - 12:23 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley was not on the final Senior Bowl roster.

McKinley's acceptance was announced in early December, so he obviously changed his mind. We all know the edge rushing group is one of the draft's top positions, but a few of the bigger names will not be in Mobile, AL. The defensive line is one of the best positions to impress scouts at this type of event, as winning in one on one situations can set you apart. Expect Takk to be a top 50 selection.
Jan 19 - 8:55 AM

UCLA CB Fabian Moreau will play in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

After a lost 2015 season due to a Lisfranc injury, Moreau returned to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice this past season. He led the Bruins with 10 pass breakups and added two interceptions. Prior to the 2015 season, head coach Jim Mora called him a first-round talent. He'll likely land in the middle rounds.
Jan 18 - 1:22 PM

UCLA fired offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Though Klemm is an ace recruiter, this is probably the right move. Not only have his lines struggled the past few years despite ample talent, but the NCAA slapped Klemm with a two-year show-cause order last September for recruiting violations. That foible got him suspended in the spring of 2015. "Adrian is a friend, which makes change difficult sometimes," UCLA coach Jim Mora said in a statement. "But right now, this is what is in the best interest of the program."
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 3:24 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE Martin Andrus.

"From day one, I felt like UCLA wanted me and made me a priority," Andrus said. "They were the first school to offer me a scholarship and I always felt comfortable being on the campus and being around the coaching staff." The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder was also strongly considering a commitment to Oregon before ultimately settling on the Bruins. He checks into Scout.com's 2017 master list at No. 233. The outlet notes that Andrus "can hold up a double team and is very good getting in to the backfield and has the athleticism to chase down backs and quarterbacks." They are also keen on his frame, believing that he has the versatility to contribute at more than one spot on the line depending on how the Bruins want to utilize him.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 13 - 8:30 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert notes that UCLA five-star 2017 verbal CB commit Darnay Holmes "[l]acks ideal height, but has a strong sturdy build with adequate length and very good play speed."

Holmes plucked out UCLA's hat from the lineup during Saturday's Army All-American Bowl. He measures out at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, but Haubert does not see his size being a legitimate issue as he transitions into his collegiate career. The recruiting insider offers a juicy comp for Bruin fans to salivate over this offseason -- Mr. Cam Sutton of Tennessee. "Also a prospect that could have projected to WR coming out of high school, Sutton developed into a highly productive multiyear starter for the Vols," Haubert wrote. "Holmes possesses some similar traits while arguably even being a little further along at the same stage." While Holmes is a slam-dunk pledge through-and-through (Scout ranks him at No. 9 in this class), UCLA is seriously lagging with less than a month remaining before National Signing Day. Holmes is just their fourth commitment from the ESPN 300.
Jan 10 - 5:35 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt notes that UCLA five-star 2017 verbal DE commit Jaelan Phillips "regularly forced plays the opposite way with consistent backfield penetration" during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Only so much can be read into game statistics from an all-star bowl like this one, but for what it's worth, Phillips led defenders on both teams with five tackles (1.0 for loss) during Saturday's affair. Helmholdt writes that in addition to his fine work during the game, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder "was also dominant throughout the week of practices." Phillips was one of the high risers in Rivals' rankings over the past year, rocketing from No. 200 to No. 18 and earning an upgrade from four- to five-star status from the outlet along the way.
Source: Rivals
Jan 9 - 7:38 PM

UCLA received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 CB Darnay Holmes.

One of the biggest commitments at the Army All-American Bowl, Holmes opted for the Bruins' hat over Ohio State, USC and Nebraska. The Calabasas, California, native seemed to be leaning toward the Buckeyes, but ultimately opted to stay in-state. All recruiting outlets of note view him as a high-upside prospect, with nobody higher on the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder than Scout.com, which slots him in at No. 9. Scout analyst Greg Biggins refers to Holmes as an "electric two-way performer," one who offers "explosive speed, very quick feet" and an affinity for playing in press coverage. He will likely play on the defensive side of the ball with the Bruins.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 7 - 3:27 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora indicated that true freshman LB Mique Juarez will be with the team when the Bruins meet for the first time in 2017 next week.

Juarez was a five-star recruit out of high school for the 2016 cycle, but did not play during his true freshman season. He admitted in September that he was seeing a psychiatrist because he was feeling "too much pressure" during his first year in college. While the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder was not a true member of the football team this past season, it has been reported that he has continued to attend classes and has been keeping in contact with the UCLA coaching staff. Should he be able to keep his mind clear this coming season, he could have a huge impact on the Bruins as they enter a make/break year under HC Jim Mora.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 5 - 7:52 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that UCLA will hire Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch to serve as offensive coordinator.

UCLA has been working on a disheartening trend of late, chewing through offensive coordinators in each of the last three years. Fisch will come on and attempt to harness the natural gifts of gunslinger Josh Rosen, who played inconsistently in 2016 prior to seeing his season end early due to a shoulder injury. Michigan finished first in the Big Ten in scoring. They also ranked as the third team in the conference in terms of passing offense. 2017 should probably be considered a make-or-break season for HC Jim Mora -- especially given that Rosen could jump for the draft next winter.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 2 - 2:48 PM

UCLA senior edge rusher Takkarist McKinley is likely to be overdrafted, according to an AFC scout.

"He was my sleeper headed into the season, but that went out the window with the (quality) season he had this year," the scout said. "I think he's a second-rounder who needs time (to develop), but he'll probably get overdrafted. He's going to be a productive pro." NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein also doesn't know what to make of McKinley. "On one hand, McKinley's hand usage and pass-rush skills were very basic and in desperate need of work," Zierlein wrote. "He also had some stiffness in his lower body that was easy to spot early on. With all of that said, the word "relentless" might not completely capture his motor. He has a slippery way of working off blocks and finding his way into sacks and tackle production. It doesn't always look pretty for him, but the effort is top-notch, and with coaching, he should projects as a solid NFL starter."
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 02:12:00 PM

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
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 02:32:00 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
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 01:32:00 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
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 10:09:00 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.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 09:18:00 AM


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