UCLA Football: What To Expect From Pac-12 Media Day


Here is our UCLA Football preview of Pac-12 Media Day which begins tomorrow at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA.

The Pac-12 season will unofficially begin in Burbank tomorrow when the Pac-12 Media Day kicks off at Warner Bros. Studios on July 30 and 31. The event will be broadcast on both the Pac-12 Network and at Pac-12.com, giving the chance for west coast college football fans to get a sneak peak at their favorite schools head coaches and top players.

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The Bruins will talk to the media on Day 1. Head Coach Jim Mora, senior center Jake Brendel and junior linebacker Deon Hollins will all talk to the assembled press about the upcoming season.

Here are some hot topics that may or may not be addressed:

Who Will Start at Quarterback This Season For the Bruins?

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Do not expect anything close to an answer to this question. Mora has been consistently coy when addressing his future signal caller, and has even joked that he won’t name a starter until he sends the offense out against Virginia in the 1st game.

With that being said, the closer we get to fall camp the more it seems like a foregone conclusion that Josh Rosen will be given the reigns as a true freshman.

The Offensive Line

With grizzled veteran Jake Brendel representing the offense at Media Day, expect a lot of reflection on the struggles of the Bruin’s offensive line in the past as well as plenty of speculation about the success of the 2015 edition. For the first time since the late 90’s UCLA has both experience and depth across the offensive line, which should ease the transition for the new quarterback.

The New Defensive Coordinator

Former Mayor Tom Bradley makes a triumphant return to Los Angeles with the goal of leading one of the Pac-12’s best defenses. . . well other than the former mayor returning bit,  the rest of that statement is true, and you can bet that Hollins and Mora will both field multiple questions about their new DC that came to the Pac-12 from the Big-10 (by way of the Big-12).

A Lot Of Paul Perkins

Nov 23, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins (24) tries to run past Arizona State Sun Devils defensive end Gannon Conway (95) during second half action at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Who was the Pac-12’s leading rusher last year? Well that would be junior running back Paul Perkins, and although Brendel is representing the Bruins in Burbank, there will be a lot of talk about the Bruin’s most likely Hiesman candidate.

Will the Pac-12 Network be on DirecTV This Season?

With the Pac-12 announcing its goal of getting the Pac-12 Network on DirecTV before the start of the 2015 season, you can bet the press will be asking questions about the  effects of the merger with AT&T.

Pac-12 Media Day Schedule

Here is the full schedule of Pac-12 school representatives for the two-day event:

Thursday, July 30

Time – SCHOOL, Coach, Offensive Player, Defensive Player

9 a.m. (all times PT) – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott

9:50 a.m. – COLORADO, Mike MacIntyre, OT Stephane Nembot, LB Kenneth Olugbode

10:28 a.m. – ARIZONA STATE, Todd Graham, QB Mike Bercovici, S Jordan Simone

11:08 a.m. – OREGON STATE, Gary Anderson, RB Storm Woods, CB Larry Scott

11:45 a.m. – UCLA, Jim Mora, C Jake Brendel, LB Deon Hollins

12:25 p.m. – WASHINGTON, Chris Petersen, LB Travis Feeney, RB Deontae Cooper

1:01 p.m. – STANFORD, David Shaw, LT Kyle Murphy, LB Blake Martinez

Friday, July 31

9:00 a.m. – Pac-12 Networks President, Lydia Murphy-Stephans

9:50 a.m. – UTAH, Kyle Whittingham, RB Devontae Booker, LB Jared Norris

10:28 a.m. – ARIZONA, Rich Rodriguez, WR David Richards, S Will Parks

11:08 a.m. – CAL, Sonny Dykes, QB Jared Goff, LB Hardy Nickerson

11:45 a.m. – USC, Steve Sarkisian, QB Cody Kessler, LB Su’a Cravens

12:25 p.m. – OREGON, Mark Helfrich, RB Royce Freeman, LB Rodney Hardrick

1:01 p.m. – WASHINGTON STATE, Mike Leach, OT Joe Dahl, LB Jeremiah Allison

Stay with Go Joe Bruin all day on Thursday as we will be bringing you the latest information from Pac-12 Media about your beloved UCLA Football team.

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