UCLA Football Fall Camp Day 1 – Injuries, Impressions and Other News


UCLA Football began their preseason today in San Bernardino as the Bruins opened up fall camp. There is already news of injuries and players out, but there was plenty of good football.

For being August in the California desert, it was quite a nice day out at Cal State San Bernardino where the UCLA Football team began their fall camp in preparation for the 2015 season. Just entering the parking lot you could tell there was a lot of buzz surrounding the Bruins as several news vans where parked outside.

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Inside the spectator area there was an even greater vibe as practice drew considerably more fans than the first practice of last year. A good sign, but it also left no room to properly view practice, especially when the teams were switching fields. Either way, there was plenty to view, no matter how close or far,

The energy on the field was equally exciting as players on both sides of the ball were getting after it as the Bruins ran plays for the majority of the practice so we got to see both offense and defense cycle in players, especially the quarterbacks.

With Josh Rosen and Jerry Neuheisel taking the majority of the reps, the offense was moving pretty fluidly, in particular the offensive line who had a first string consisting of (from left to right) Conor McDermott, Kenny Lacy, Jake Brendel, Alex Redmond and Caleb Benenoch.

With them was freshman Josh Rosen later in the practice. Both him and Neuheisel did very well, with Rosen edging out Neyheisel, but it seemed the intensity did not match that of the defense’s. The offense played well, but the defense seemed to come out on fire. The coverage defense looked very good and DBs were going after the ball every time, even if it was in the offense’s hands.

Good Looks

Nov 9, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Myles Jack (30) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

As mentioned, the defense had more fire than the offense, but no one more than Myles Jack. Others that looked great against the pass — at the very least, stood out — was Ishmael Adams, Kenny Young and Jaleel Wadood.

Though the Bruins had a spot of trouble being consistent through the air, the ground game looked impressive as every single running back showed up to impress. Paul Perkins, Nate Starks and the freshmen Bolu Olurunfunmi and Soso Jamabo all had several really good runs.

Team News

We already have an injury and it is a bit all too familiar. OL Simon Goines will be out of fall camp due to a “medical condition”. This is the second fall camp in a row Goines will miss as last season he was out due to ankle surgery.

Running back Craig Lee was not at practice due to “academic issues”. Freshman TE Chris Clark is out with mononucleosis and freshman WR Cordell Broadus was given a few days off for personal reasons.

Jim Mora Talks To The Media

Jack Wong of InsideSoCal.com took this video of head UCLA Football coach Jim Mora talking to the media.

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