With the Showcase involving scrimmages and drills, we were able to get a look at several players in different situations. Here are a few that stood out:
WR Kenneth Walker – Walker was by far the best receiver on the field today. The last two years he has been the fastest player on the team, though he did not get a lot of time at WR because he did not have the best hands. That seems to be changing for the better as Walker has had a very good spring, showing that he has the ability to secure the ball. Today he was called on for several long balls, two of which he caught for a touchdowns from 50 yards.
FB Ainuu Taua – A converted OL has adapted very quickly in spring. Today he had one of the more memorable goal line runs, which a relief knowing the Bruins had trouble with short yardage plays last season. Taua looks like he can be a vital piece with the new offense.
RB Soso Jamabo, Nate Starks and Bolu Olorunfunmi – One of the biggest weapons for the UCLA Football team next season will be the run game. Despite losing the legendary Paul Perkins, the Bruins return three very explosive and very good running backs. All three have their own unique talents and will help the running game in different scenarios.
LB Mique Juarez – The early enrollee had to sit out several practices due to suffering a concussion. He was held out of contact drills but finally made an appearance in the WR Vs. DB skeleton drills and had an interception against Rosen.
DL Takkarist McKinley – As mentioned above, McKinley is coming into his own as a pass rusher. He looks quicker off the snap and more aggressive which has been beneficial to his growth. Today he was able to get around his blockers and pester the offense in the back field on several occasions.
Stay with Go Joe Bruin as we continue to analyze the Spring Showcase in the next several days.