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UCLA football: Coach Jim Mora no longer concerned about punter

UCLA football: Coach Jim Mora no longer concerned about punter
Matt Mengel kicks a ball during an Aug. 4 UCLA football practice at Cal State San Bernardino. (Christina House / For The Times)

UCLA Coach Jim Mora was concerned about the Bruins' situation at punter.

"To say the least," he said Friday.

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But after nearly two weeks of camp, Mora was ready to exhale

"It was a real unknown," Mora said. "But after watching the last week and half, I feel like we'll be in good shape there."

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Mora lured Matt Mengel away from California when punter Sean Covington flunked out of school. Mengel, who played at Long Beach City College last season, has performed well in camp and appears to have the inside track.

But walk-on Adam Searl, a redshirt freshman from Irvine High School, has been making his case. Searl got most of the work during practice Friday.

"Adam is a guy who is very, very improved," Mora said. "He looks like a guy who can get it done. Last year, he was inconsistent and his leg strength wasn't great. He has had a really good off-season. I trust him."

Stefan Flintoft, a walk-on from Los Angeles Loyola High, is also being looked at.

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Of course, in a pinch, there's always Brett Hundley, who had nice hang time on a 27-yard pooch punt that pinned Stanford on the one-yard line last season.

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