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Bruins Nation Aug 16, 2016

UCLA Football: The Mique Juarez Saga, as Told Via Twitter

Where in the world is Mique Juarez? UCLA had its first practices in San Bernadino yesterday, and while there were some developments on the practice field, the bigger story of the day was the status of incoming freshman linebacker Mique Juarez. It’s hard to overstate how big of a recruit Juarez was. A consensus 5-star prospect, Juarez was one of the best outside linebacker prospects in the nation, and was compared to Myles Jack, which was very convenient for a UCLA team that was losing Myles Jack. Juarez enrolled early and was present during spring practices, and by the time August rolled...
Bruins Nation Aug 14, 2016

Mique Juarez Has Missed the Last Two UCLA Football Practices

In response to three questions from reporters involving the five star freshman, Jim Mora responded that Juarez had an "excused absence." UCLA wrapped up its week of Fall Camp in Westwood yesterday, capped off by a Westwood Fan Appreciation Day during and after the very windy afternoon practice. The Bruins also practiced in the morning, and after the morning practice, Head Coach Jim L. Mora spoke with the media. Big thanks to Edward Lewis and Bruin Sports Report for the video of Coach Mora, as well the following three videos. IMO, the most critical information to come from this interview is...
Bruins Nation Aug 13, 2016

UCLA Football To Hold Fan Appreciation Day This Afternoon

The Bruins practice twice today, the latter of which is "Westwood Fan Appreciation Day," the last practice at UCLA before the team heads to San Berdoo. The UCLA Bruin football team will conduct two practices today for the first time this season. Although both the 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. practices are open to the public, the 3:30 p.m. practice is "Westwood Fan Appreciation Day." Both practices will be held on the intramural field. The IM field opens at 3 p.m. for Westwood Fan Appreciation Day. After practice, the players will be available for autographs. According to the official site, fans...
Bruins Nation Aug 13, 2016

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Puts the Pads On As the Offense Shines on Day 5

UCLA Football holds its first practice in full pads, the offense shines, and a big recruit shows up. UCLA held another practice Friday morning, which was notable specifically because it was the first practice in full pads. For me, full pad practices means we’re closer than ever to the start of the actual season, but it also increases the chances of injuries. So, let’s get into this practice. The biggest non-pads development of the practice is the offense’s continued development. Gone are the days of "5 plays on the napkin", but, at the same time, the offense that’s been seen in...
Bruins Nation Aug 12, 2016

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Has Hired Trevor Moawad as a Mental Conditioning Consultant

After Thursday’s practice, UCLA Football Coach spoke about how the team has hired Trevor Moawad as a mental conditioning consultant/coach as well as his overall pleasure with the way the team has been practicing. After yesterday’s fourth practice of Fall Camp, Coach Mora spoke about how good this week’s practices have been. He said, “We’ve had four outstanding, outstanding work days.” Of course, he tempered that comment by saying that the team still has a lot of work to do. But, he raved about the team’s overall work ethic and called Wednesday’s practice one of the best...
Bruins Nation Aug 11, 2016

BOOM! Welcome Bruins Nation’s Newest “Recruiting Class”

It’s my pleasure to introduce the newest members of the BN team. It’s been a rough summer for football recruiting. But the same cannot be said for Bruins Nation’s recruiting of new writers to the BN team. This morning, it is my pleasure to announce that Bruins Nation has four new writers on our team. Two of them are long-time members of the BN Community, one has been reading BN for most of its existence and one is an incoming freshman who starts at UCLA next month. The two whose user names should be familiar to most are Nirya and Derhessian. Meanwhile, Robert Bastron has been reading...
Bruins Nation Aug 9, 2016

Incoming UCLA Gymnast Madison Kocian Wins Bruins’ First Gold in Rio

Madison put off entering college for a year in order to compete in Rio. That decision paid off today. Madison Kocian, an incoming UCLA freshman who will join the Bruin Women’s Gymnastics team in the Fall, became the first UCLA student-athlete to win a medal at the Olympics in Rio. While she graduated from high school in 2015, Madison put off starting college until this Fall, presumably so she could train and compete in Rio. Today, that decision paid off in a big way as Kocian is a part of the US women’s gymnastics team which captured the gold. The US Olympic Committee twitter account...
Bruins Nation Aug 4, 2016

BOOM! 4-star TE Jimmy Jaggers Commits to UCLA Football

UCLA landed a top recruit from Northern California this afternoon. Three days, three commitments. After an almost unbearably slow summer which saw several recruits de-commit, UCLA’s 2017 recruiting class is picking up momentum very quickly this week as UCLA has now doubled the size of the next recruiting class in just a few days. Today, UCLA landed a commitment from 4-star tight end Jimmy Jaggers from Roseville HS in Roseville, CA. Jaggers is considered to be one of the top tight ends in this year’s recruiting class. Jaggers made his announcement via Twitter: #4sup #8clap #UCLA ...
Bruins Nation Aug 3, 2016

2016 UCLA Football Fall Preview: Can UCLA Get Back to Being Linebacker U?

UCLA, which had been garnering a bit of a well-deserved reputation over the last few years as the new Linebacker U, took a big step backwards in 2015, largely due to injury. Can the Bruins rebound in 2016 to reclaim the mantle of Linebacker U? We are one month away from kickoff! That’s right, UCLA squares off against the Texas A&M Aggies on September 3, 2016, one month from today. If that isn’t enough to get you psyched for the 2016 UCLA Football season, maybe you are on the wrong blog! The article will break down the linebackers on the roster, and consistent with the claims out of UCLA...
Bruins Nation Aug 3, 2016

BOOM! 3-Star DB Jaylan Shaw Commits to UCLA

Jaylan Shaw is a 3-star defensive back from Centennial HS in Corona, CA. In just two days, UCLA has almost doubled the size of its 2017 recruiting class as 3-star DB Jaylan Shaw announced his commitment to the UCLA Football program this morning on Twitter. To God Be The Glory #BlessUp pic.twitter.com/1uXJghZu8V — Jay Shaw (@js5_era) August 3, 2016 Since the announcement image may not be completely viewable, here it is: Shaw is a 5'11" tall, 175 lb cornerback from Centennial HS in Corona. He runs a 4.64 40-yard dash. He has quite a few highlights on Hudl, but here...
Bruins Nation Aug 2, 2016

BOOM! UCLA Lands 3-Star DB Chris Wilson

UCLA adds a defensive back to its 2017 recruiting class. Folks - After a very dry recruiting trail during the month of July, it is nice to receive some positive news when it comes to UCLA Football Recruiting. Today we received our fourth commit of the 2017 Class when 3* Chris Wilson out of Hitchcock, Texas committed to the Bruins: With much thought and counsel, I will be committing to tht UCLA Bruins to further my education and talentpic.twitter.com/v8whTyWQcp — Chris Wilson (@chriswilson28) August 2, 2016 There is a very good chance you have not heard of Chris prior to his...
Bruins Nation Aug 2, 2016

UCLA Basketball: Talented Enough for a Top 15 Finish

How will Steve Alford make the talent work? CBS' blog makes a great point in their blog "Pac-12 offseason storylines: Cal could produce the national player of the year" 3. Both Arizona and UCLA have rebounding questions to answer The Pac-12's two most storied programs are both in position to be top-15 teams nationally, but need to prove that they can each hold their own on the glass. The first point is important.  UCLA should be a protected (top 4) NCAA seed this year. This would entail roughly finishing in the top 16 nationally and an easy path to the sweet 16. The talent is there and...
Bruins Nation Aug 1, 2016

2016 UCLA Football Fall Preview: Molson Will Pick Up Where Fairbairn Left Off

UCLA's Special Teams units will have three positions filled by new starters this season. Who will they be? Special teams. Aside from the offensive line more games are won or lost on the strength of special teams than probably any other individual unit. Several of the biggest losses of the Jim Mora Era would have been different if our special teams players had come through. That doesn’t excuse the rest of the team because, in football, when a team loses, it’s truly a team loss. But, special teams can snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat or vice-versa, depending on how the special...
Bruins Nation Jul 31, 2016

2016 UCLA Football Fall Preview: Coaching Changes

Today, Bruins Nation begins its 2016 UCLA Football Fall Preview by looking at the changes to the coaching staff. UCLA will open Fall Training Camp a week from tomorrow with the first week in Westwood and the second week in San Bernardino. So, today, Bruins Nation begins our Fall Football Preview by looking at changes to the coaching staff. This year, there were three changes to the UCLA Football coaching staff. It’s no secret to anyone who follows UCLA Football that Noel and Taylor Mazzone are gone. Their departure was one of the biggest highlights of the long offseason for Bruin...
Bruins Nation Jul 31, 2016

Rower Meaghan Volker Added to Australian Olympic Team

The 2014 UCLA graduate was named to the Australian Olympic team after the Russian crew was disqualified from competing. The list of 2016 UCLA Olympians grew by one more on Friday when FISA, the International Rowing Federation, awarded Australia a qualifying place for the Rio Games. As a result of the decision to rule the Russian crew ineligible to the history of doping with several athletes, former Bruin rower Meaghan Volker will be competing as part of the Australian women’s eight, according to a press release from the Australian Olympics committee. Volker is a 2014 graduate of UCLA who...
Bruins Nation Jul 30, 2016

UCLA Women's Basketball Nonconference Schedule Released

The UCLA Women's Basketball team has released a nonconference schedule which includes home games against Michigan and Hawai'i and road games against Baylor and South Carolina. The UCLA Women’s Basketball team has released its nonconference schedule. This year’s schedule features five home games at Pauley Pavilion including a game against Michigan on December 11th as well as road games against Baylor on November 14th and against South Carolina on December 18th. On December 4th, the team will host Hawai'i in a rematch of last year's NCAA tournament first round game. The team will...
Bruins Nation Jul 29, 2016

Texas A&M Suspends Two Coaches Following Sexist “Chalk Talk For Women”

Two Texas A&M assistant football coaches have been suspended for making a sexist presentation at an event intended to educate female fans about football. Texas A&M suspended two assistant football coaches today without pay for two weeks following a sexist presentation during an event which was billed as "Chalk Talk For Women" and was aimed at educating female fans about football. The coaches who made the sexist presentation were Jeff Banks and Jim Turner. Banks is Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends coach while Turner coaches the offensive line. Not only did the slides of the presentation...
Bruins Nation Jul 29, 2016

Indiana Basketball Owes UCLA, Kentucky and Others an Apology

This morning, the Indiana Basketball Twitter account claimed to have the most national titles, Big Ten titles, NCAA Tournament wins and NBA Draft picks. But, there's a problem with this claim. Three of the four claims are wrong. Indiana University, the alma mater of current UCLA coach Steve Alford, has some explaining to do. This morning, the IU basketball Twitter account sent out the following tweet: #️⃣1️⃣ in national titles, Big Ten titles, NCAA Tournament wins and NBA Draft picks. #iubb pic.twitter.com/kQXdVys6jr — Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) July 29, 2016 There’s...
Bruins Nation Jul 27, 2016

UCLA Football: Tackle Kolton Miller Squats 520 Lbs

Let's just say the video is very impressive. A few weeks ago, at the Pac-12 Football Media Days, UCLA Football Coach Jim Mora was talking about how much Bruin tackle Kolton Miller can squat. You can see it here: At the time, Mora seemed to think that the 6’9" tall offensive lineman had squatted 600 lbs. Conor McDermott quicked refuted the 600 lb claim, saying that Miller did "5-something". To which Mora joked back "599?" Well, today, UCLA Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi posted a video of Miller squatting this morning during the UCLA Football Summer Program evaluations. In...