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UCLA to hold 'Dribble for the Cure' on Oct. 26

UCLA will hold “Dribble for the Cure” on Oct. 26 to benefit cancer research at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. The event is co-hosted by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Former UCLA player John Vallely, a two-time cancer survivor, is on the foundation’s board of directors.

Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as other UCLA athletes, will participate in the event to raise money through pledges. Teams must have a minimum of 10 members.

Registration will be at UCLA's Drake Stadium beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. Participants are required to bring their own basketball. UCLA athletes will sign autographs and pose for photos at the end of the race.

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After win against Texas, Neuheisel gets help from supporting cast

Before he engineered a comeback victory over Texas last weekend, before he threw a 33-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score, and before he was carried off the field on the shoulder of his teammates, Jerry Neuheisel was just another backup quarterback trying to manage a game.

The sophomore got the call when starter Brett Hundley, the Heisman Trophy hopeful and the piece that makes the Bruins’ offense tick, injured his left elbow in the first quarter of a scoreless game. Neuheisel said this week that he was nervous but began to feel more confident as soon as he got into the huddle.

“It stems from us,” junior receiver Jordan Payton said on Thursday, referring the team’s starting offense. “When he got out there, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, no.’ It was, ‘What are we going to do to get this done? How are we going to seal this win?’ And there was no question about it, because we knew Jerry knew everything. Once you have that confidence in someone who has it in themselves, it makes it pretty...

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Wednesday's UCLA sound bites from practice

It’s a slow week for media access, mostly because it's UCLA's bye week, but it’s a busy week on the blog. The quotes are light today (actually, there’s only one), so that’s a good excuse to check out some of the other blogs we posted Tuesday.

Jerry Neuheisel had some really good things to say about his breakout performance, transfer Takkarist McKinley could see 10-15 snaps against Arizona State, and running back Jordon James is in the doghouse.

Plus, Chris Foster reports the latest on quarterback Brett Hundley's status for next week's game.

The lone quote comes from Coach Jim Mora, on Neuheisel:

“Just because Jerry went into that game doesn’t mean he’s our backup quarterback. We’ve never determined who is No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4. We’ve got a whole bunch of guys. Next time someone has to go in there, it could be Asiantii Woulard. Heck, Asiantii might start the Arizona State game, who knows. We’ll see.” 

For more Bruins observations, follow Everett Cook on Twitter @everettcook

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Jerry Neuheisel: It means the world to me to be a Bruin

Jerry Neuheisel has bright blond hair, bright enough that it looks as if he plays water polo. He jokes that to be recognized as a football player, he had to wear a “UCLA Football” sweatshirt.

After the week that Neuheisel has had, there won’t be much need for that sweatshirt anymore.

The sophomore quarterback was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week after he entered the game for starter Brett Hundley and led the Bruins to a come-from-behind victory over Texas last week. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yard touchdown pass that rainbowed down the sideline and put UCLA ahead for good.

After the game, Neuheisel was lifted on the shoulders of his teammates, who chanted his name as they carried him.

“It was one of the coolest experiences of my life,” Neuheisel said Wednesday. “The fact that my teammates felt good enough about the game and the way I played to lift me up on their shoulders honestly means the world to me. It means the world...

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UCLA's Jim Mora doesn't seem happy with running back Jordon James

With five minutes left in the fourth quarter and UCLA down by four points against Texas last weekend, senior running back Jordon James was having his best game of the season. He’d totaled just five yards on seven attempts in the Bruins’ first two games, but was ripping off long runs against the Longhorns.

Until his final carry of the game, he had rushed seven times for 63 yards and had also caught two passes. UCLA was driving, trying to retake the lead, and James was getting more playing time than freshman Nate Starks, and just as much as starter Paul Perkins.

But on that final carry, as he was about to pick up a big first down, James fumbled. The Bruins eventually got the ball and the lead back, but because of that turnover, James seems to be in UCLA Coach Jim Mora’s doghouse this week.

“He took advantage of his opportunities, but unfortunately he fumbled,” Mora said. “You can’t fumble at that point in time. You’re trying to go win the game and give  the ball up like that, I don’t...

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Jim Mora: UCLA's Takkarist McKinley could play against Arizona State

College football teams usually don’t get midseason help in the form of outside players, but UCLA is going to have a new face on the field against Arizona State next week.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley signed his letter of intent last Thursday after playing the 2013 season at Contra Costa Community College. On Wednesday, UCLA Coach Jim Mora said he expects McKinley to get playing time against the Sun Devils after the transfer began practicing with the team this week, a quick turnaround for someone who was enrolled in community college last week.  

“It’s a good time to use him,” Mora said. “He can give us 10-15 snaps a game, and we’re excited about him.”

McKinley originally committed to California in 2013, but was a non-qualifier. He played a season of community college, then a review of his records proved that there was an error, giving him immediate eligible. Last season, he recorded 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. 

He won’t start for the Bruins next week, but he should get a...

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley suited up for practice

Every UCLA quarterback, except one, waited on the bench outside the locker room Wednesday morning.

Then Brett Hundley burst out the door. Everyone stood up and headed into practice.

Hundley, who injured his elbow against Texas on Saturday, was in full uniform. He did not have a bandage or brace on his left arm as he entered practice.

How much work he would do in practice was unknown. The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News and Orange County Register decided two years ago not to attend practices because the newspapers would not submit to the terms from UCLA.

Further adding to the secrecy was UCLA banning all other outlets from attending practice this week, including two fan websites and the Daily Bruin reporters.

Hundley is believed to have suffered a hyper-extended elbow.

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UCLA will play six home games in 2015

UCLA's 2015 football schedule, as announced by the Pac-12 Conference on Tuesday night, includes six home games, including two against nonconference opponents Virginia and Brigham Young.

The Bruins play two Thursday night games, at Stanford on Oct. 15 and against California in the Rose Bowl on Oct. 22. UCLA does not play Oregon or Washington, but plays three of its last four games on the road. The Bruins are at Oregon State on Nov. 7, Utah on Nov. 21 and close the season against USC at the Coliseum on Nov. 21.

The schedule: Sept. 5 Virginia; Sept. 12 at Nevada Las Vegas; Sept. 19 Brigham Young; Sept. 26 at Arizona; Oct. 3 Arizona State; Oct. 15 at Stanford; Oct. 22 California; Oct. 31 Colorado ; Nov. 7 at Oregon State; Nov. 14 Washington State; Nov. 21 at Utah; Nov. 28 at USC.

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UCLA basketball looking for play makers with Bolden, Octeus unavailable

It has been a rough week for UCLA basketball.

Forward Jonah Bolden was ruled ineligible. Colorado State point guard Jon Octeus, who was attempting to jump to UCLA as a graduate student, was reportedly denied admission.

It follows a rough spring, where underclassmen Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Zach Lavine, all guards, declared for the NBA draft. All were taken in the first round.

Which leaves the Bruins in need of players to step up as play makers.

Bryce Alford has an off-guard background, but did back up Anderson at point guard. Norman Powell was more a finisher on the wing. Isaac Hamilton, who sat out as a redshirt last season, and Noah Allen, who saw limited time a year ago, also lean toward scoring.

Bolden, part of the 2014-15 recruiting class, was expected to help facilitate the offense. Octeus was expected to bridge the gap at point guard until North Hollywood Campbell Hall’s Aaron Holiday arrives a year from now.

But the NCAA denied Bolden, who will sit out as a redshirt, and...

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St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen eager to start UCLA career

Bellflower St. John Bosco High quarterback Josh Rosen couldn’t wait to get started. So he signed a letter of a grant and aide document with UCLA on Monday.

Rosen, regarded as the top high school quarterback prospect this year, committed to the Bruins in March. He will enroll for the winter quarter.

“I was going to go there anyway, so I decided to get the paperwork and just do it,” Rosen said.

Enrolling early, Rosen said, “gives me the best opportunity to get ahead academically so I can be on track to graduate as a junior. It also gives me the opportunity to partake in spring practice to compete for the starting job.”

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is a junior, but has said he will declare for next spring’s NFL draft. That was well before he suffered an elbow injury Saturday against Texas. His status remains unclear for a game against Arizona State on Sept. 25.

Rosen, who is 6 feet 4 and 207 pounds, can begin conditioning programs and get a jump on learning the offense this winter. UCLA...

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UCLA's Jerry Neuheisel, Ishmael Adams earn Pac-12 player of week honors

UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel has been named the Pac-12’s offensive player of the week and defensive back Ishmael Adams the special team player of the week for their effort in UCLA’s 20-17 victory over Texas on Saturday.

Neuheisel came off the bench after quarterback Brett Hundley injured his left elbow in the first quarter. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Neuheisel’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton gave the Bruins a 20-17 lead with three minutes left.

Adams set up the game-winning touchdown with a 45-yard punt return. UCLA scored on the next play. Adams had three returns for 62 yards.

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Bruins in the NFL: Week 2 performances

UCLA plays Saturdays, but the school has some former players who take the field on Sundays. Here’s a weekly blog featuring former Bruins and what they did in their NFL games:

Akeem Ayers, fourth-year linebacker for the Tennessee Titans: Ayers was a healthy scratch last week but appeared to be active for Sunday’s game. He didn’t record any stats, though, and the Titans lost to the Dallas Cowboy, 26-10.

Anthony Barr, rookie linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings: Barr had another solid, if not unspectacular, game in the second week of his young career. He recorded five tackles in Minnesota’s 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.

Nate Chandler, third-year offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers: Playing right tackle, Chandler was part of an offensive line that allowed five sacks. The Panthers also rushed for just 62 yards, averaging 2.6 yards per carry, but were still able to beat the Detroit Lions, 24-7.

Derrick Coleman, third-year fullback for the Seattle Seahawks: Coleman didn’t...

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