UCLA Football Fall Camp 2018: Alves talks O-line, Bolu is absent

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

UCLA football offensive lineman Mike Alves reveals some telling information about the O-line and potential starting running back Bolu Olorunfunmi is absent from practice.

Fall camp is a time for a team to grow, but it also has its setbacks. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the UCLA football team has had a few in the last two days.

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For Chip Kelly to have a solid running game, he is going to have to transform the Bruins’ offensive line, which has been a part of two horrendous rushing offenses the last two seasons, into something that can sustain the progress of what he has planned for the run game.

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On Tuesday, OL Mike Alves gave some insight into how that is going.

When asked who is snapping the ball (the Bruins have six players working at the center spot), Alves admitted, “We are having trouble snapping right now. We are just trying to get a consistent snap down. It is really hard when you are learning the offense too and technique at the same time.”

When asked who is standing out in the center competition, he said that freshman Chris Murray is looking good.

As for Boss Tagaloa, he is still a weapon for the Bruins on the O-line, but the coaches are looking for the perfect spot for him, whether it be at guard or center.

Alves also gave a lot of praise to Texas Tech transfer Justin Murphy. “He is a beast. He came in the first day and was already putting people on the ground.” The 6-6, 291-pounder is said to be in the running for the starting right tackle position, but nothing is yet set in stone for Kelly.

Alves also commented on the speed of play and said that they had run 18 plays in six minutes. That comes out to 20 seconds between each play consecutively. “I’ve never done that before” Alves said.

You can watch Alves’ entire presser below, which comes via

Bruin Report Online


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Personnel Notes

It was reported that both RB Bolu Olorunfunmi and DB Octavius Spencer were not at practice on Tuesday. though nothing has been confirmed, it has been speculated that Olorunfunmi is out with an injury.