UCLA Football Spring Practice: Day 2 – Getting used to the fast pace

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi /

It is Day 2 of UCLA football’s spring practice and Go Joe Bruin has a few notes on what happened with the Bruins’ second outing with Chip Kelly.

Though there were a lot of similarities with the first spring practice, the UCLA football team continued to work on the new system that head coach Chip Kelly has implemented, which continues to be fast, but the Bruins paced themselves at certain points.

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Here are a few things that stood out:

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Running back Bolu Olorunfunmi has got some hands. The bulldozer of a back who is known more for jumping on defenders than catching passes, made some nice one-handed grabs in practice today.

New center Boss Tagaloa is being a boss.  Despite just switching over from defensive line to center, Tagaloa was pretty vocal in practice today and had some good reps. Although, in some ways, Boss’s inexperience at center might be showing. There were some fumbles during the snaps in 11-on-11 drills, but thats to be expected. I have no doubt it will get cleaned with experience.

Though it is generally going fast, UCLA is not up to speed with everything. While it seems clear UCLA is going to eventually be running a no-huddle offense, they were not yet snapping the ball every 13 seconds.  Which is also to be expected, considering its the second day of practice.

Even I’m getting coached. There is no loud music at practice (unlike practices during the Jim Mora era and there could be a number of reasons as to why). The side effect of this; it’s possible to hear more of what the coaches are saying on the field. Thanks for helping me work on my game coaches!

There was an interesting development during 7-on-7s as there was a net being used to take the place of linemen, presumably to force quarterbacks to throw over the nets to receivers. It wasn’t something I saw at practice before, so I thought I’d mention it.

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Final Thoughts

My guess is the offense is going to look something like it did at Oregon, but time will tell.  It does seem pretty clear that we’re looking to go at tempo. You can catch the next practice Saturday March 10th at 10 AM, you can watch the practices with a perfect view on top of Parking lot 8 and Go Joe Bruin will be there bringing you more updates.  Go Bruins!