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Linebacker Jayon Brown made strides during UCLA spring practice

Linebacker Jayon Brown made strides during UCLA spring practice
Defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, and linebacker Jayon Brown record a video following the opening day of UCLA spring football practice. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

Linebacker Jayon Brown was among the most improved players during UCLA spring practice, Coach Jim Mora said Saturday after the spring showcase.

"He played well at the end of the year, but every day he was consistent," Mora said.

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Brown started nine games last season after Myles Jack suffered a season-ending injury. He led the team with 93 tackles, made two tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble.

Tom Bradley, in his second spring as defensive coordinator, said Brown, a senior, was outstanding.

"We ask a lot of Jayon to do a lot of different things and he does it for us," Bradley said, adding that Brown recorded the most repetitions on defense because other players were slowed or sidelined because of injuries.

"I think I got better, overall, getting off of blocks, being better in my coverage, being better one-on-one and helping the guys around me be better too," Brown said.

UCLA opens its season against Texas A&M on Sept. 3 in College Station, Texas.

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