The UCLA football team had their first Saturday practice since returning from spring break. With the team in full pads, they went full contact as well as worked on a lot of option play development.
The first of three weeks of the Spring Quarter portion of practice for the UCLA football team has ended and though there was not a lot of headlines, there were several notable bits of information coming out of the full pads/full-contact practice.
I will get into practice notes shortly, but let us quickly recap what Bruin head coach Chip Kelly said before things kicked off at Spaulding Field.
Chip Kelly talks before practice
It is now known that DE/LB Jaelan Phillips will be out for spring as he prepares for a second surgery on his injured wrist. Kelly said he did not expect him back at all during spring (even before learned about the second surgery) and said it is unknown if he will be ready by fall.
When asked about bringing in anymore QB grad trasfers after the transition of Washington grad transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels fell through, Kelly said that at this time, he does not have a grad transfer coming in.
When asked about QB Devon Modster, who has been taking the majority of the reps with the 1s, Kelly said he has “done a nice job, he is picking things up” and that he understands the transition from one system to another.
An interesting question sparked quite the answer from Kelly later in the media segment. When asked about offering scholarships to high recruits, he said, “we offer kids that we can recruit. Other schools offer anybody who played football. We offer kids that actually can get into this school and play for this school… I don’t know how you can offer a kid without looking at his transcript.”