After a special Sunday practice, UCLA Football head coach Jim Mora talked to the media about injuries, Stanford and preparation coming out the bye week.
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Because the UCLA Football game is playing an asinine schedule the next two weeks, the Bruins had practice on Sunday in preparation for for their biggest game of the 2015 season at Stanford this coming Thursday.
If you do not remember, the Bruins have lost to the Cardinal in seven straight games. That includes a losses preventing them from winning the South Division in 2014 to a loss preventing them from winning the Pac-12 Championship in 2012.
Needless to say, this is a big game.
That was what Jim Mora talked about in his post-practice press conference where he touched upon everything from the scout team doing a bang up job imitating Stanford to improvements in the run defense.
Here is a brief run down of some of the bigger issues Jim Mora talked about:
- WR Mossi Johnson is out for the season with an ACL tear.
- As stated above, Mora has been impressed with the scout team and how they have been giving the first team offense and defense a good look at what might come with Stanford.
- Mora has a lot of respect for David Shaw.
- Mora thinks Cardinal RB Christian McCaffrey is a beast and will cause the Bruins problems.
- Looking at how atrocious the Bruin run defense was against ASU, Mora has been impressed with their improvements in the last week.
- Mora was also asked about recruiting but dodged it claiming that right now, he is worried about defeating Stanford. When a team wins, recruiting handles itself.