This week on the Bruin Insider Show, UCLA football head coach Chip Kelly had confirmed to host Bryan Fenley that the Bruins will begin Spring Practice earlier than usual.
If you haven’t listened to the Bruin Insider Show, than you are missing out on a lot of information regarding UCLA Athletics. This week was no exception as host Bryan Fenley talked to UCLA football‘s Chip Kelly and confirmed the start date of Spring Practice.
Toward the end of the interview with Fenley, the new Bruin coach talked about what he will be doing between now and Spring Practice.
"We are back with our players in the winter program and working with our strength and conditioning staff right now. We’ll start meetings, offensive and defensive and special teams-wise, getting our play books together. We are on the field less than a month. We start on March 6."
Click HERE for the interview. Kelly’s comments come in the last 30 seconds.
March 6 is only two and a half weeks away, which means that UCLA football is returning… sooner than usual. In the last several seasons, spring ball began closer to the start of April, aligning with the beginning of Spring Quarter. This year, it will align with the end of Winter Quarter.
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In recent years, UCLA has run 2-3 practice a week for four weeks, culminating with a Spring Game on the Saturday at the end of the fourth week. With March 6 as the start date, this means the spring game, if following the same model, could be held on Saturday, March 31.
With Kelly in the driver’s seat at UCLA, fans have been quite excited to see what the offensive specialist is going to bring to the blue and gold. Kelly ran an uptempo, run-based spread offense that utilizes RPO and zone read schemes. With that being said, it is very likely that UCLA is going to play fast, just like the Oregon teams under Kelly in the early part of this decade.
Just over a week ago, UCLA landed the 18th best recruiting class in the nation, full of “long and fast” players that suit Kelly’s system like QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Kelly also has several impressive athletes on the roster already, so it will be interesting to see how veterans like RB Soso Jamabo, TE Caleb Wilson, RB Bolu Olorunfunmi, LB Josh Woods, DB Adarius Pickett and DB Nate Meadors (just to name a few) perform with Kelly.
It is time to get excited Bruins’ fans… UCLA football is almost here! BOOM!