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UCLA training camp: Tuesday’s practice at a glance

A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice at Spaulding Field: Everyone wins Instead only the winning side run at the end of the team competition, both the offense and defense took a celebratory lap after the fin...

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    Highlights from Tuesday’s UCLA football practice

    During the first three days of fall camp, UCLA football players practiced until 10:30 p.m. They then went home to study and write papers for summer quarter finals. By 6:30 a.m. the next morning, sleepless and tired, they had to be in football meetings again. By the third day, head coach Jim Mora lamented the mental and physical grind the jam-packed schedule imposed on his players trying to live between rigorous athletic and academic worlds. Perhaps those worlds just can’t...

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    UCLA impressed with effort of backup RBs Olorunfunmi and Kelley

    LOS ANGELES >> Seldom did the UCLA running game pace the Bruins last year. Trudging through one of the worst rushing seasons in school history, it was almost always the running game that held the Bruins back. Not so during Monday’s practice. After a sudden rash of injuries knocked out two-thirds of the Bruin running backs, Bolu Olorunfunmi and Josh Kelley, a transfer from UC Davis, carried the entire unit for the three-hour practice at Spaulding Field. Their herculean...

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    Ejections and injuries at Monday’s UCLA football practice

    Early exits Wide receiver Jordan Lasley and safety Adarius Pickett were both kicked off the field early. Head coach Jim Mora dismissed Lasley after the receiver was slow to get off the field as the team transitioned between periods and Pickett was kicked out for targeting. “One of the things that makes (Lasley) so fun to be around and a guy we love to watch on Saturday is that he plays with great emotion,” Mora said. “But he has got to...

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    Jaelan Phillips finds early success on UCLA football practice field

    ­­­LOS ANGELES >> Jaelan Phillips tousles his curly black hair, pulling at the thick mess that somewhat resembles an overgrown Mohawk. He reluctantly cut it a few months ago when his locks became too difficult to manage on an early-morning college schedule. He was scared that the trim would drain him of his strength like Samson, a judge in the Hebrew bible who lost his immense power when he cut his hair. Phillips seems to be in the clear now. “It’s...

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    UCLA offensive line focuses on competition, progression

    LOS ANGELES >> To Jim Mora, UCLA’s defensive line is its deepest position and the offensive line is the biggest question mark. When the two units face off in daily one-on-one periods at practice, the fight doesn’t always seem fair. But don’t tell offensive line coach Hank Fraley that. “That’s a battle,” Fraley said of going one-on-one against the defensive line. “That’s a want-to. … It’s pride.” As...

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    Highlights from Saturday’s UCLA football practice

    A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice Saturday at Spaulding Field:  Mix and match Kenny Young is firmly entrenched as the leader of the UCLA defense, but the senior had to relinquish his starting middle linebacker role Saturday to sophomore Lokeni Toailoa during team drills and walk-throughs. Toailoa was in the conversation to play at middle linebacker last year as a true freshman, but was stuck behind veterans Young and Isaako Savaiinaea.

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    Highlights from Friday’s UCLA football practice

    A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice Friday at Spaulding Field: Final countdown The first three days of UCLA’s training camp coincided with the tail end of finals week and by the time the Bruins wrapped up practice Friday night, the stress of balancing academics and athletics had started to wear on the team. The offense struggled to get lined up during team drills. The defense sluggishly completed walk-throughs. The difficulty of practicing until 10:30 at...

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    UCLA’s player-run practices paying dividends in training camp

    LOS ANGELES >> When UCLA finished spring practice in April, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch called the coming months “the summer of improvement.” Players, barred from extensive interaction with their coaches, had to fend for themselves. They banded together and organized their own practices. Coaches couldn’t watch the practice tape or even ask questions about the sessions. It all forced the players to mature, linebacker Kenny Young said. Now, in...

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    UCLA’s Jaelan Phillips a stand out during Thursday football practice

    Here’s a brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice Thursday at Spaulding Field: Big play After an inconsistent first practice of the fall, Josh Rosen threw a gem of a touchdown pass to Darren Andrews during the second team period. The quarterback fired the 30-yard pass through a tight window but put it in the exact right spot to lead Andrews into the end zone. Standout player Defensive end Jaelan...

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    UCLA freshmen showing promise in training camp

    LOS ANGELES >> Amidst the chaos of UCLA’s first fall practice on Wednesday night, Coach Jim Mora didn’t make note of many individual performances. But when asked of any players who jumped out at him, he singled out two of the team’s youngest players: defensive tackles Greg Rogers and Martin Andrus. After four freshmen joined the team in time for spring practices, the Bruins welcomed the rest of their 2017 recruiting class to the field this week. The group was...

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