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UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Special Teams

Heading into the 2014 season, UCLA seemed set at kicker and punter, but now must rely on a JC transfer as their starting punter. The Bruins are still looking to solidify the punt and kick returner spots. Because I am a thorough and diligent blogger, I completed this special teams preview on Friday morning. I finished it up and figured I had my weekend free. Then came the news that Sean Covnington, our punter for two seasons, had abruptly left the program and we had offered and received a commitment from a JC punter named Matt Mengel. There is a blogging irony here, which had nothing at all...
Bruins Nation 16 hours ago

Bruin Bites: Mora Knows UCLA's Success Is Still Limited

It's Sunday! Alas, there's still no football games for you to enjoy. There will be soon enough, but, in the meantime, we've got your Bruin Bites to hold you over. Coach Mora knows our team hasn't gotten where they want to be yet. An article on SF Gate quotes Mora from Pac-12 Media day as saying: "Our success is still limited, in my view. We haven't won the Pac-12 championship. We're 0-3 against Stanford. I don't want our players to feel like we've accomplished what we want to accomplish. We're just on the right track." We agree, Coach. Keep up the hard work! "Don't listen to the...
Bruins Nation Jul 27, 2014

UCLA Campus Report: A Communication Breakthrough for Children w Autism, More

This week’s post includes a study regarding communication with children with autism, good news for California’s commercial real estate sector, news of a pop star who recorded a performance in Royce Hall and a look at Real Madrid’s annual visit to campus. An occasional report from around campus that recognizes that UCLA is a school with a world-class reputation for research and innovation and whose people make real impact on the real world: This week’s post includes a study regarding communication with children with autism, good news for California’s commercial real estate sector,...
Bruins Nation Jul 26, 2014

Sean Covington Leaves the UCLA Football Program, Matt Mengel Signs Up

Rising Sophomore punter Sean Covington has left the UCLA Football program, and Long Beach CC's Matt Mengel is coming to Westwood as a preferred walk-on to attempt to replace him. In a surprising development in these final couple of weeks before fall camp, BRO's Tracy Pierson has reported that Bruin punter Sean Covington has left the football program (not currently behind paywall). Sophomore punter Sean Covington is no longer with the UCLA football program. — Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) July 26, 2014 At this time, no reason has been shared for Sean's departure nor are his...
Bruins Nation Jul 25, 2014

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Bruins Nation Jul 25, 2014

UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Defensive Backs

As part of Bruins Nation's ongoing Fall Camp preview series, out attention shifts to UCLA's talented defensive backfield. Below is the depth chart put together from last Spring's defensive back preview and incorporating the incoming freshmen and injury to Johnny Johnson: Cornerback Safety Safety Cornerback Third Cornerback Fabian Moreau (JR) Randall Goforth (JR) Anthony Jefferson (RS SR) Ishmael Adams (JR) Priest Willis (SO) Adarius Pickett (FR) Tyler Foreman (RS FR) Tahaan Goodman (SO) Librado Barocio (RS SR) Marcus Rios (RS...
Bruins Nation Jul 25, 2014

Coach Mora at Media Day: Trusting Brett Hundley, Buidling Success, and Committment to UCLA Players

Coach Mora sat down with the media yesterday and explored issues of his commitment to our players and the players commitment to team, among other things. Here is the video of those exchanges. Yesterday, at Pac-12 media day, Coach Mora got a chance to answer many questions from assorted media and took the opportunity to really lay out his expectations for UCLA football.  Thanks to Ryan Kartje of the OC Register for making the video available: As to how the team is approaching the high expectations for the year, Coach Mora outlined his view: Every day our goal is just to be the best we...
Bruins Nation Jul 25, 2014

Coach Mora: Staying Until They Kick Me Out, Calls Kendricks a Sweetheart

UCLA was in the spotlight at Day 2 of Pac-12 Media Days at Paramount Studios. So let's recap Day 2 of Pac-12 Media Days. Ryan Kartje of the OC Register posted the above video to YouTube and he has some great nuggets which are not behind the Register paywall. The best one, in my opnion is the last one. Coach Mora was asked how much he checks social media. He answered: "About every ten minutes. I think it's important, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, that's how our youth communicate now. I always tell our players I'm not looking over you. When I look at your Twitter and your Instagram and I...
Bruins Nation Jul 25, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Pac-12 Media Day, NFL Training Camp, and Always Get Better

Not Fun: Trogan magazines in the mail. The next step to football:  getting through Media Day.  Hopefully in one piece.  Don't make Brett angry. Don't get me Mad.... #BrettHulkley pic.twitter.com/Q3u3DW3YTt — Brett A. Hundley Jr (@BrettHundley17) July 24, 2014 They were giving out snow cones at media day. Want one? Pac-12 media day is giving away snow cones so now I like Larry Scott again. http://t.co/GXdaYet3kQ — Jon Gold (@TheCoolSub) July 23, 2014 Also, this is where all the Pac-12 TV money went: Steve Sarkisian: "We've got some fancy water bottles now at this thing."...
Bruins Nation Jul 24, 2014

UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Linebackers

A look at the linebacking core for the Bruins in 2014 after losing two starters in Jordan Zumwalt and Anthony Barr to the NFL. Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt both contributed in a massive way to UCLA fielding perhaps the best linebacking unit in the country in the 2013 season. Barr ended up being selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings and Zumwalt was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers (perhaps the most perfect fit possible for Zumwalt's personality. Let's take a minute to reflect on just how good this group was in 2013, specifically the two members returning...
Bruins Nation Jul 24, 2014
Bruin Bites: UCLA National Champion Talk, Bruins in the Media, and Pac-12 Media Day 2 Thread

Bruin Bites: UCLA National Champion Talk, Bruins in the Media, and Pac-12 Media Day 2 Thread

Bruins are all over the airways and today will be at Pac-12 Media Day. Catch up with the latest about UCLA football and join us in this Pac-12 media day open thread. 11 days to training camp.  37 days to kickoff.  Are you ready? As media day part 2 gets under way there are a few bites from the world of UCLA football to nibble on. National Championship or bust:  seems like a lot of people, including our own Myles Jack, are agreeing that UCLA's eyes are on a Natty .  Myles was interviewed by Jay Mohr in a very fun interview where he talks about going both ways (play station and...
Bruins Nation Jul 23, 2014
UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Defensive Line

UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Defensive Line

A look at the absurdly talented defensive line that the UCLA defense will trot out for the 2014 season. UCLA lost two defensive lineman to the NFL in 2014, with Cassius Marsh being drafted in the 4th round by the Seattle Seahawks and nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa being scooped up by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent and making it through the mini-camp process (always a good sign). The Bruins also saw an extremely successful situational pass rusher in Keenan Graham and valuable depth in Brandon Willis graduate. This would lead the average fan to assume that the Bruins will...
Bruins Nation Jul 23, 2014

Pac-12 Media Day - Day 1 Open Thread

It's a sure sign that U.C.L.A. Bruin football is getting closer!! Pac-12 Media Day begins its introduction to the 2014 season today and the annual opening press conference has gotten so big that they now need two days to welcome it properly.  This year's event begins this morning at 9 am from the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Cool.  The Bruins already have a home field advantage. The Pac-12 Network will stream the entire two day event for free to everyone via its website (which would also make for an attractive solution to the DirecTV issues…) and you can watch it here or on the...
Bruins Nation Jul 23, 2014

UCLA Basketball: 2015 Recruiting Reset

Headed into home stretch of the 2015 recruiting season, the Bruins' primary needs are at shooting guard, small forward and power forward as Alford has to deal with potentially heavy losses to the NBA and transfers. July is a busy recruiting month for college basketball coaching staffs.  We're in what's called the live recruiting period which effectively means coaches watch national-level AAU tournaments like the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Peach Jam Festival.  Adidas Nations takes place locally starting Thursday, Monday, July 31, and UCLA should get a slew of unofficial visits...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014
Bruins Nation's 2014 Fall Football Preview

Bruins Nation's 2014 Fall Football Preview

Bruins Nation gets you ready for Fall Football Camp with an in-depth look at the 2014 UCLA Bruins Sixty years is a long time unless you're measuring it against the dinosaurs or if you are Neil DeGrasse Tyson walking across the Cosmic Calendar. Believe it or not, it has been sixty long years since UCLA won its one and only National Championship in Football. (It isn't included in the UCLA NCAA Title count because it was awarded by the UPI Coaches Poll, not the NCAA.) There have been some great years since that 1954 and there have been plenty of mediocre ones too. But this year, the...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Takeaways From the 2014 NBA Summer League

The Las Vegas edition of the 2014 NBA Summer League wrapped up Monday night with Houston winning the championship. Here are seven takeaways including evaluations of the three 2014 UCLA Bruin draftees, Jordan Aams, Zach LaVine and Kyle Anderson. The 2014 NBA Summer League wrapped up last night as the Sacramento Kings beat the Houston Rockets, 68-77, for the championship.  The Rockets fell apart with four minutes left, and Kings won despite getting only 9 points (but 7 in the last four minutes) from their leader Ben McLemore.  It was relatively low-scoring, high turnover, low field goal...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014
Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Coach Brett Hundley, Welcome Bryce English, and Rolling Through Westwood

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Coach Brett Hundley, Welcome Bryce English, and Rolling Through Westwood

Who is Swaggier, Swaggy P or Russell W? Welcome, Bryce English: Welcome to the family ! @BryceEnglish34 4sUP 8clap #BruinRevolution !! — Stephen Johnson III (@SJ_III) July 22, 2014 Congrats to my Texas homie @BryceEnglish34 for joining the revolution. Desoto U ➡️ UCLA. The next @KCBoutThatLife — Caleb Benenoch (@CalebBenenoch74) July 22, 2014 Are you excited for the offense or defense this year? Great meeting today with coach brick! Excited about our defense this year #BruinRevolution — owamagbe (@LPJ_Odighizuwa) July 21, 2014 Anthony Barr was bored last week - he...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014

UCLA Fall Football Preview: Coaching Changes

As part of BruinsNation's ongoing preview of UCLA's Fall Camp, we take a look at the coaching changes for the 2014 staff. The UCLA Bruins had two major changes to the coaching staff in the offseason in losing defensive coordinator Lou Spanos to the NFL and firing of running backs coach Steve Broussard.  Although the two coaches left under different circumstances, the reason behind both moves was recruiting.  Coach Spanos reportedly was not all that interested in recruiting and preferred working in the professional ranks, while Coach Broussard simply was not very effective in recruiting at...
Bruins Nation Jul 21, 2014

BOOM! 3* Defensive Lineman Bryce English Commits to the Bruins

UCLA gains another commitment in 3* Texas defensive tackle Bryce English. Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins continued their hot summer with the commitment of 3* defensive tackle Bryce English out of national power DeSoto High School in Texas. English chose the Bruins over Arkansas, TCU and Pac-12 rival Arizona State. English had previously de-committed from the University of Texas, despite his godfather retaining his role as tight ends coach during the transition from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong. Interestingly, his godfather Bruce Chambers (a supremely qualified coach in his own right) was...
Bruins Nation Jul 21, 2014

Elite Expectations: Hundley and a Favorable Schedule Make National Title Possible for UCLA

After playing Texas there in September, UCLA should expect to return to Arlington to play in the first National Championship Game of the CFP Era. Sixty years is a long time unless you're measuring it against the dinosaurs or if you are Neil DeGrasse Tyson walking across the Cosmic Calendar. Believe it or not, it has been sixty long years since UCLA won its one and only National Championship in Football. (It isn't included in the UCLA NCAA Title count because it was awarded by the UPI Coaches Poll, not the NCAA.) There have been some great years since that 1954 and there have been plenty of...

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    Sean Covington Leaves the UCLA Football Program, Matt Mengel Signs Up