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The commitment scoreboard is looking better for UCLA football

For a while, more football recruits had withdrawn their commitment to UCLA than the Bruins had left remaining on their secured list.  But a recent influx of new commitments — six since the beginning of August — has brought UCLA’s total back up to nine players in the 2017 class. (Recruits cannot...

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  • What's on the menu? For UCLA it's offense

    What's on the menu? For UCLA it's offense

    UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu calls the extensive package of plays that the Bruins will run this season “our menus.” They were formulated to let quarterback Josh Rosen do much of the ordering. Hungry for a mismatch? Rosen can dump the ball over the middle to Ainuu Taua and let the...

  • UCLA is deep with receivers, but group lacks experience

    UCLA is deep with receivers, but group lacks experience

    Kenneth Walker III, blessed with a sprinter’s speed, is UCLA’s fastest receiver. Alex Van Dyke, standing 6 feet 4, is the tallest. Ishmael Adams, at 5-8, is easily the smallest. The best? That’s to be determined. The Bruins possess a slew of candidates to claim that distinction. While depth isn’t...

  • UCLA new offensive coordinator will call plays for first time in season opener at Texas A&M

    UCLA new offensive coordinator will call plays for first time in season opener at Texas A&M

    New offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu will call plays for the first time in his career starting with the season opener Sept. 3 at Texas A&M. Some of the plays will be known beforehand. Polamalu said Tuesday the Bruins would pre-script 10 to 15 plays for each game to gauge defensive alignments...

  • UCLA freshman linebacker Mique Juarez is back with the team

    UCLA freshman linebacker Mique Juarez is back with the team

    The wait for Mique Juarez continues. UCLA’s prized freshman linebacker had rejoined the team after sorting out some personal matters, according to a person close to the situation not authorized to discuss it publicly, but he was not present at either of the Bruins’ training camp practices Monday...

  • The heat is on as the UCLA football team moves training camp to sweltering San Bernardino

    The heat is on as the UCLA football team moves training camp to sweltering San Bernardino

    The sting of sun on skin could be felt within seconds of the San Bernardino heat claiming its first casualty. UCLA offensive guard Michael Alves, his hair soaked in sweat, walked off the practice field after about 75 minutes of drills Monday morning, eventually making his way under a medical tent...

  • The Bruins, not wanting to be pushed around, pack on some pounds

    The Bruins, not wanting to be pushed around, pack on some pounds

    There were a handful of themes that kept popping up when UCLA players talked about what they did this summer. Everyone worked harder in the weight room. Most added at least a few pounds of muscle. Some were the strongest and fastest they had ever been. The sheer mass of the linemen was evident...

  • There's still room for improvement for Pac-12 Conference's top-ranked pass defense

    There's still room for improvement for Pac-12 Conference's top-ranked pass defense

    The mandate for the Pac-12 Conference’s top-ranked pass defense: get better. Finishing games would be one area UCLA’s secondary could improve. The Bruins allowed Washington State to score on a touchdown pass with three seconds left last season to pull out a victory at the Rose Bowl. “That’s the...

  • Prized UCLA freshman Mique Juarez misses second consecutive practice

    Prized UCLA freshman Mique Juarez misses second consecutive practice

    Linebacker Mique Juarez, UCLA’s most highly touted freshman, missed a second consecutive day of practice Saturday. Bruins Coach Jim Mora became a bit repetitive when asked about Juarez’s absenteeism. “He’s got an excused absence from us,” Mora said. Was there any chance Juarez had left the team?...

  • UCLA moves beyond its offensive line depth problems

    UCLA moves beyond its offensive line depth problems

    UCLA Coach Jim Mora couldn’t believe the nickname Conor McDermott had bestowed upon fellow offensive tackle Kolton Miller. “Mini-Me?” Mora said last month while seated near McDermott during Pac-12 media days, repeating the words he had just heard. “Kolton’s bigger than you!” Well, close enough....

  • UCLA dons full gear and has first full-contact practice

    UCLA dons full gear and has first full-contact practice

    UCLA walked onto the field a little past 9 a.m. on Friday, itching to finally hit each other. The players hadn’t worn full pads since the end of spring practice, and the first four practices of training camp were a test of patience. That trickled into the start of the fifth day, as positional drills...

  • No UCLA tailback is standing out in competition to replace Paul Perkins

    No UCLA tailback is standing out in competition to replace Paul Perkins

    As competitions go, the battle to become UCLA’s starting tailback doesn’t seem all that cutthroat. Soso Jamabo, Nate Starks and Bolu Olorunfunmi are vying to replace Paul Perkins, but the contenders sound almost as if they would rather go into the season as a trio instead of a solo act. Said Jamabo:...

  • UCLA's Eddie Vanderdoes is back from injury and ready to make an impact on defensive line

    UCLA's Eddie Vanderdoes is back from injury and ready to make an impact on defensive line

    The beginning of the end of UCLA’s ability to stop the run in 2015 came in the second quarter of its season opener. Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes leaped into the air to try and block a pass from Virginia quarterback Matt Johns and an awkward landing changed the trajectory of the Bruins’ season....

  • UCLA has its best first day of camp of the Jim Mora era

    UCLA has its best first day of camp of the Jim Mora era

    Like a wayward pass thrown into double coverage, Josh Rosen knows the way he has conveyed some messages needs refinement. It’s all about the delivery. The UCLA quarterback vowed to use a softer touch Monday after a summer in which his coach asked him whether he wanted to be like flamboyant flameout...

  • Receiver Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg, quits UCLA program a second time

    Receiver Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg, quits UCLA program a second time

    Receiver Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, has quit the UCLA football program, again. Broadus was not in attendance at the opening day of training camp Monday. “He’s going to pursue other passions in his life and we encourage that,” Coach Jim Mora said after practice.  Broadus did...

  • UCLA football changes things up by beginning training camp in Westwood

    UCLA football changes things up by beginning training camp in Westwood

    The temperatures will be cooler, the surroundings more familiar and the potential distractions plentiful. Instead of going to San Bernardino to start training camp, UCLA is remaining in Westwood. Maybe the first tipoff that things are different will come when the Bruins complete their initial set...

  • UCLA football opens season Sept. 3 at Texas A&M

    UCLA football opens season Sept. 3 at Texas A&M

    A game-by-game look at UCLA’s football schedule this season: All times Pacific Sept. 3 vs. Texas A&M at College Station, Texas, 12:30 p.m. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the significance of this season opener. UCLA will face its former offensive coordinator in Noel Mazzone and the possible...

  • USC No. 5 on AP all-time college football rankings; UCLA at 17

    USC No. 5 on AP all-time college football rankings; UCLA at 17

    The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football for the last 80 seasons. Since the first top 20 in 1936, 1,103 polls have been taken and 164 schools have been ranked. To determine an all-time top 100 for the first time, the AP counted poll appearances (one point) to mark...

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali has knee surgery

    UCLA guard Prince Ali has knee surgery

    UCLA sophomore guard Prince Ali underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee after suffering the injury July 8 while playing in an open gym. Ali, who averaged 3.9 points in 11.8 minutes per game last season, will be reevaluated in four months and could miss only a few...

  • UCLA upperclassmen attend, but Josh Rosen is the focus at Pac-12 football media day

    UCLA upperclassmen attend, but Josh Rosen is the focus at Pac-12 football media day

    UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s rogue Instagram posts, his unauthorized hot tub and his role in a revamped offense were among the major talking points at Pac-12 media day on Friday. Someone who was not around to say anything about it: Rosen. The Bruins trotted out offensive tackle Conor McDermott...

  • UCLA picked to win Pac-12 South in preseason media poll

    UCLA picked to win Pac-12 South in preseason media poll

    Preseason media polls don’t exactly predict the future, but UCLA wouldn’t mind if they did this upcoming season.  The Bruins were picked to win the Pac-12’s South Division by 33 Pac-12 media members, while Stanford was tabbed as the North Division winner and eventual Pac-12 champion. It’s the first...

  • TV deal adds to conference’s reach but Pac-12 remains in stalemate with DirecTV

    TV deal adds to conference’s reach but Pac-12 remains in stalemate with DirecTV

    There was a split decision for the Pac-12 Conference on Thursday regarding broadcasts of its networks in Southern California: Frontier is in, and DirecTV remains out. A wider swath of the region will be able to watch the Pac-12 Networks after the conference announced it had reached a deal with...

  • Washington State's Mike Leach is Pac-12's leading funnyman

    Washington State's Mike Leach is Pac-12's leading funnyman

    Washington State Coach Mike Leach won the day when it came to one-liners. Leach, when asked for his opening remarks: “All right, any questions? Those of you who know me know I don’t do opening remarks.” On his thoughts on the Heisman Trophy: “I’m in favor of it.” On whether he would play a game...

  • Cathedral High defensive back Jeffrey Manning commits to UCLA's 2017 recruiting class

    Cathedral High defensive back Jeffrey Manning commits to UCLA's 2017 recruiting class

    Jeffrey Manning, a defensive back from Cathedral High, announced his commitment to UCLA on Thursday. Manning is the fourth player to commit to the Bruins’ 2017 recruiting class. “Thankful for this opportunity #4’sUP #8Clap,” Manning wrote on Twitter. UCLA offered Manning, 6-feet-1 and 190 pounds,...

  • UCLA's Jim Mora and his wife are separating

    UCLA's Jim Mora and his wife are separating

    UCLA football Coach Jim Mora and his wife, Shannon, are separating.  Mora’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, on Friday released a statement on behalf of the Mora family.  “After much thought and careful consideration, Jim and Shannon Mora have decided to separate,” the statement read. “This was a very difficult...

  • Kevin Chappell looks for a major breakthrough at the U.S. Open

    Kevin Chappell looks for a major breakthrough at the U.S. Open

    It was an ugly debut in the U.S. Open. Three years removed from winning the NCAA individual and team golf championships at UCLA, Kevin Chappell earned a spot in the 2011 Open at Congressional Country Club and was staggered by shooting an opening 76. Chappell fell 11 shots behind the eventual runaway...

  • Three of MLB draft's first-day picks are UCLA signees

    Three of MLB draft's first-day picks are UCLA signees

    Before Thursday, this year’s Major League Baseball draft lacked anything resembling a consensus at the top of the class. For a time, pitcher A.J. Puk was many pundits’ pick to go first. Then it was pitcher Jason Groome. For some, it was outfielder Kyle Lewis. In the end, the first pick was a high...

  • For college teams, one MLB draft decision can make or break a season

    For college teams, one MLB draft decision can make or break a season

    Two days before the Major League baseball draft began, USC Coach Dan Hubbs sat in his office, crossed his arms and tapped his foot like a teenager uneasily agitating a gas pedal. The stress and uncertainty was upon him. Hubbs guessed he would have trouble sleeping the next couple of nights. His...

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