With 2012 Spring Practice for UCLA football set to get underway this Tuesday, April 3, at 3:45 p.m. (we’ll be there; hit us up on Twitter and we’ll chill), UCLA football nuts, like us, are getting anxious to know what kind of tone Coach Jim Mora will set in his first season.
Well, Jim Mora already has an idea of what the tone might be for Spring Practice, and hopefully the rest of the year. From ESPN LA:
“I would expect that this will be a very physical spring,” Mora said. “A very physical spring.”
“I think it’s important that we come in and establish a level of physical toughness that you only get by going through some tough times by banging on each other a little bit,” Mora said. “I need to find out, our coaches need to find out, the players need to find out who’s in and who’s not in. Who’s willing to make the commitment physically, emotionally and all of those things to be great and who’s kind of wavering.”
So it sounds like Mora wants his team to go full on for Spring Practice, which is crucial considering every position will be open for competition. (Rightfully so, since the 2011 season was disappointing enough so that no starters made any sort of strong case to come back and start this season.)
What it mostly means, though, is that, going into the season, the squad will be pretty battle-tested and ready for the season instead of being blindsided while giving us that “WTF” look that Kevin Prince always gives us during games:
Seriously, KP, you know what’s going on. Stop actin’ the fool.
The past four years under Rick Neuheisel’s lead was ridiculous in that seniors got priority over underclassmen, meaning that they felt their job was more secure it should have been. Competition, as we all know, breeds success. Mora has the right idea.