It was a lively day for UCLA Football as Cordell Broadus quits the team and Myles Jack gets kicked out of practice.
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Day 5 of UCLA Football’s fall camp started like any other day… except a wide receiver left the team. Bruins woke up this morning to the news that former freshman WR Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg, has left the team to pursue other interests. And just like that, the Bruins are down a receiver, though that is a concern for later, we wish him well.
Getting to actual practice, where the team was in full pads for the first time, the QB competition is just that… a competition. At least that is what outsiders of the program would believe seeing how the coaches are cycling in the Bruin QBs.
Today, Mike Fafaul, who will most likely be the 3rd string quarterback, took the majority of snaps with the first team and was quite impressive.
The running backs continued to shine, especially the freshmen. Because of that, UCLA Football, no matter how the passing game plays out, should be very solid on the ground as they have four viable backs that will help the running game this season. We all know Paul Perkins and Nate Starks will be the #1 and #2 RBs, but freshmen Bolu Olurunfunmi and Soso Jamabo have also been impressive in the first week of camp.
Yesterday, Jamabo had taken several reps with the 1st team offense and even had a few plays designed for him in the wildcat formation. Today, Olurunfunmi continued to show his skills as a power back. As we saw earlier in the week, Olurunfunmi was ploughing through the defense and carrying defenders along in several of his rushes. Apparently he continued that workhorse-like ethic today as he was once again ‘ Bolu the Bulldozer’.
Some quick notes about the defense: Marcus Rios is not skipping a beat as he is taking over for an injured Ishmael Adams (ankle), Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenneth Clark continuing to show why they will be one of the fiercest D-linemen in the Pac-12 and Myles Jack is starting hot.
Jack has been ready for this season for a while, as it seems because he is on fire right now. He has been loud in practice as well as he should be. He will definitely be a vocal leader, but he might have been a bit too vocal today.
Friday in practice, Jack got into it with LT Conor McDermott. After some excessive jawing, Jack was kicked out of practice. It is the second year in a row where Jack was kicked out as last year he got into it with OL Caleb Benenoch. Expect Jack to come back a little more focused.
The Bruins start two-a-day practices on Saturday with the Bruins meeting at 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. They are off on Sunday but resume on Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.