Ben Bolch

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Ben Bolch covers UCLA football, basketball and every other sport on campus. He previously covered Bruins basketball from 2010-11 but doesn't believe he deserves any blame for his hometown N.C. State Wolfpack temporarily halting John Wooden's run of national championships in 1974 when he was 2 months old.

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  • UCLA walk-ons know their role and have the tweets to prove it

    UCLA walk-ons know their role and have the tweets to prove it

    Theirs was a story that had to be told, even at their own expense. A tweet tabulated their efforts during a recent football practice: One player logged a sprained ankle, more than 200 miles on a stationary bike and vomiting. Another player was credited with zero practice repetitions but 300 pushups...

  • UCLA will try to simulate game-day conditions Sunday at the Rose Bowl

    UCLA will try to simulate game-day conditions Sunday at the Rose Bowl

    UCLA resumed practice Tuesday after a two-day break, the Bruins having broken training camp without deviating from their routine of demanding workouts. “It was a little bit of a tease because we’re right back at it,” tailback Soso Jamabo said with a laugh after a two-hour session. “But we’re good...

  • UCLA players get much needed R&R after practice is canceled

    UCLA players get much needed R&R after practice is canceled

    UCLA opted for rest and recovery on what was scheduled to be its final day of training camp, abruptly canceling practice Sunday evening. That completed a yearlong transition from two-a-days to one-a-days to no-a-days. Bruins coach Jim Mora decided to give his players back-to-back days off after...

  • Tight end Caleb Wilson expected to be key weapon for UCLA

    Tight end Caleb Wilson expected to be key weapon for UCLA

    Caleb Wilson held his arms upright as he walked back toward the huddle near the end of a recent practice, pleading with quarterback Josh Rosen not to forget about him. Rosen had just forced a pass into coverage that fell incomplete while Wilson contemplated yards of open space around him in the...

  • Freshman UCLA offensive lineman fitting in with the starters

    Freshman UCLA offensive lineman fitting in with the starters

    Michael Alves feared there would be some accompanying bad news earlier this week when he received a text message from UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley informing him that he would be playing with the starters in practice the next day. “At first I was concerned, like, is someone injured or something?”...

  • It's a rough day for those competing to be Josh Rosen's backup at UCLA

    It's a rough day for those competing to be Josh Rosen's backup at UCLA

    It was not the best of times for UCLA’s backup quarterbacks toward the end of practice Thursday. Devon Modster’s third-down pass was knocked away in the end zone and fell incomplete. Matt Lynch fired a pass over the middle that was intercepted. Austin Burton’s fourth-down pass was dropped. Back...

  • Christian Pabico's UCLA journey starts with walk and may end with a catch

    Christian Pabico's UCLA journey starts with walk and may end with a catch

    The play called for JuJu Smith-Schuster, then an All-American receiver at Long Beach Poly High, to serve as a decoy in favor of a teammate with great hands, decent speed and a tendency to make the big catch. The defense reacted as expected in the final minutes of a Southern Section playoff game...

  • UCLA's Josh Rosen says he's confident, feeling like 'my old self on the field'

    UCLA's Josh Rosen says he's confident, feeling like 'my old self on the field'

    Josh Rosen provided verbal confirmation Tuesday of his visible return to form, saying he had recaptured the confidence he possessed before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last October. “I’d say about three or four days ago, I kind of felt that I was my old self on the field,” the UCLA...

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