UCLA football’s 2012 Spring Practice Guide has been released! As you know, Spring Practice for UCLA has been around the corner forever now (pretty much since Jim Mora signed his first — and very successfully, mind you — recruiting class back in February). We’ve been hyping it up a hell of a lot, here at GJB. Why? Two reasons: One, we’re total football freaks, much like everyone else in this country. (So unique, I know); and two, because your humble narrator has never been to Spring Practice in his whole life (because he has never lived in L.A. before, because he is a first-year transfer) and is totally excited to see football for the first time since our Bruins had their asses handed to them against Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Either way, there’s a ton of good stuff for UCLA fans who are headed to Spring Practice. If you can bring along your laptop or tablet, assuming you have one, it’d be nice to have, since having 80 players on one team is a lot to keep up with.
(If you are not filthy rich, or are a college student — like me, even though “not filthy rich” and “college student” are synonymous unless you’re a U$C kid — don’t print it out, because I don’t want to see another tree die.)
What’s in it that’s so useful, you ask? Nothing new, but still.
First, there’s a ton of good stuff on position battles throughout. Each set of positions mentions all relevant players in detail, giving us an extensive look at each players’ career so far at UCLA (or their journey to UCLA, if they’ve yet to play). Obviously, we here at GJB are very interested in the quarterback position battle, with incumbent starters Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut set to do battle with one another as well as with redshirt freshman Brett Hundley and new-guy-on-the-block T.J. Millweard.
Second, there’s some more extensive stuff on UCLA’s coaching staff. If you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, then you’ll learn that new UCLA head coach Jim Mora has brought in some serious coaching talent in offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, scouts and position coaches Adrian Klemm, Demetrice Martin and Angus McClure, and defensive coordinator Lou Spanos.
Finally, the Guide is mostly comprised of profiles of returning Bruins, along with their jersey numbers, so you know who’s who when you’re watching Spring Practice.
Anyway, that’s the gist of it. We highly recommend that you check it out before heading on your way to Spring Practices, which will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:45 p.m. and Saturdays, either in the morning or the afternoon; this will all culminate into the Spring Game which will be held on Saturday, May 5, at the Rose Bowl.
As we’ve said before, some of us here at GJB will be up at Spring Practices, though not all of them, we are sure. Hit us up and say hello by hollering at us on Twitter: @GoJoeBruinUCLA. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page, and hey, show some love to our beloved network on Twitter: @Fansided.