The UCLA Football team got a sigh of relief as two injured offensive linemen returned and the third is expected to be back soon.
Things looked a little bit better with the offensive linemen injuries today as UCLA Football got a couple of Bruins back after a scare in which three O-linemen went down on Monday. Center Jake Brendel, right guard Alex Redmond and left tackle Conor McDermott all had to leave practice yesterday for undisclosed injuries.
Today, McDermott was the only one that did not yet return but as the Orange County Register’s Joey Kaufman reports, Head Coach Jim Mora said, “The feeling is it’s not very serious at all.”
Bruin Report Online had then confirmed that fact:
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Brendel and Redmond did in fact return to practice though Brendel was limited. Because of that, Redmond took the majority of snaps at center. Freshman
had taken over for Brendel yesterday, but was getting a bit worked over by the Bruin defense. Ulu-Perry seemed to have a better day at the guard position. Redshirt freshman
took over for the absent McDermott at right tackle.
As for additional injuries, freshman RB Bolu Olurunfunmi left practice after he “tweaked” his ankle.
So apparently the UCLA Football coaches need a little bit more time to decide the quarterback competition which Mora talked about, once again via Joey Kaufman, “I’m waiting to see somebody win the job and no one’s won it yet.” Jerry Neuheisel, Mike Fafaul and Josh Rosen are all in the running.
Though a QB is not named, several receivers are showing off their skills. Most notably, Jordan Payton, Devin Fuller and Mossi Johnson have all been particularly impressive (and consistent) in practice, but today another big receiver made some spectacular catches today. Seeing as we are 18 days to UCLA Football, it seemed fitting #18 Thomas Duarte had some great catches.
It was also announced today that the Bruins will have a split-squad scrimmage on Friday afternoon.
Fan Appreciation Day Has Been Moved Up
What was going to be an 11:15 a.m. start to Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday as the Bruin say good bye to San Bernardino, has been changed to 9 a.m.