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Spaulding Roundup - Freshmen Defensive Line, Thomas Duarte, and Running Backs Depth

Spaulding Roundup - Freshmen Defensive Line, Thomas Duarte, and Running Backs Depth

A recap of UCLA's Thursday practice. Practice is beginning the transition from training camp to regular season practice which means one thing: FOOTBALL SOON. Thanks to BruinSportsReport for the video. Questions about freshmen and the other young players on the team dominated the session.  Last year we played 18 true freshmen but this year UCLA will probably play the kids that will make the most impact this year.  Other quick bits: The three freshmen defensive lineman, currently, are all slotted to play this year, meaning they will not redshirt.  Mora noted that in the Pac-12, we...
Bruins Nation 4 hours ago
Pregame Guesses: Most Significant Game of the 2014 Season Edition

Pregame Guesses: Most Significant Game of the 2014 Season Edition

With the season commencing just over a week from now, we take a look at the best games on UCLA's schedule and try to decide which is the most significant match-up of the season. (This week’s video is a live version of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff performing "The Harder They Come." I’m pretty sure that this was shot at the Hollywood Bowl, though I might be off, it’s sort of hard to tell. I saw Jimmy at the Bowl earlier this summer headlining the annual Reggae Night show. There aren’t too many living legends around, I highly recommend you catching Jimmy Cliff should he roll through...
Bruins Nation Aug 21, 2014

Our Humble 2014 Pac-12 Football Predictions

A look at the Bruins Nation predictions for the 2014 Pac-12 football season. Well hello there brothers and sisters.  Yes, it's been a while since I have posted anything on BN, but as you have noticed we brought in some 5-star recruits who have become starters very quickly and are just crushing it with their coverage. With camp almost over, we have a pretty good idea of where this team stands.  And it's almost a little strange for UCLA fans...there has not been this much hype around the program since 1998.  Even in 2001, when the team started out red hot before losing DeShaun Foster and...
Bruins Nation Aug 21, 2014

Virginia Prep: Practice Updates, Cavaliers' Notes

The Bruins kickoff the 2014 season in Charlottesville, facing a Virginia team with something to prove. After the morning practice, Mora has his basic remarks with an injury roundup and it sounds like almost everyone will be available for Virginia that hasn't already been declared out (like a Simon Goines.)  Most significantly, Jake Brendel will be back for Virginia.  Marcus Rios is at a specialist for migraines. Video courtesy of UCLA Athletics The biggest news out of the morning practice session were that captains were selected for this year:Offense: Brett Hundley and Jake...
Bruins Nation Aug 21, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Denzel Washington at UCLA Football Practice, Johnny Manziel Thoughts, and Speedy Recoveries

All the best to Cameron Griffin's shoulder. Denzel visited practice yesterday: Denzel Washington came out and watched practice today. What an honor, very inspiring and down to earth man. #TheGOAT pic.twitter.com/EftZeCAWDk — Asiantii Woulard (@Asiantii2_) August 21, 2014 I made Denzel Washington laugh today. #accomplished #proud #to #be #an #american — Steven Manfro (@StevenManfro33) August 21, 2014 Denzel, super nice guy: @thejackwang they were calling me! Denzel is THE nicest dude!!! He didn't have to agree to all that! — Trina Matthews (@tmatthew69) August 21,...
Bruins Nation Aug 20, 2014

Spaulding Roundup: Denzel Remembers the Bruins and Mazzone Gets Serious About the Offense

OC Register reporter Ryan Kartje tweeted last week that Brett Hundley said the only person who would make him starstruck would be Denzel Washington. So guess who showed up at the Bruins' practice today... It's Wednesday, so that means offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone took the stage after practice. But unlike last week's comedy routine, he was all business today. His interview was also much shorter today, too. It could have been that all the questions have been asked and everyone is just ready to play some football, or is could have been because all eyes were on the famous, talented, and...
Bruins Nation Aug 20, 2014
Jim Mora's UCLA Football Team is the Best Bruins Squad Since 1998

Jim Mora's UCLA Football Team is the Best Bruins Squad Since 1998

With Heisman Trophy candidate and Sports Illustrated cover athlete Brett Hundley leading the Bruins, UCLA has the most complete, talented football team that Westwood has seen since 1998, which should spell a conference title and a return to the Rose Bowl as part of college football's inaugural four-team playoff. It's been a long, very mediocre road for UCLA football fans - sixteen years to be precise - since the Bruins opened the season with an incredibly deep and talented roster, a squad that ran the table in the conference, an elite squad with national title aspirations, one that was the...
Bruins Nation Aug 20, 2014
Bruins Hoops Bites: Recruiting Updates -- Bruins Get Defensive

Bruins Hoops Bites: Recruiting Updates -- Bruins Get Defensive

Prince Ali commits to UCLA and updates on Jaylen Brown, Stephen Zimmerman and Chance Comanche. I question the coaching decisions on the made on the floor, and I question the national recruiting strategy, but after six seasons of poor defense, rebounding and athleticism, I look forward to the new blood coming into the program over the next two years. A Bruin team that rebounds and plays defense with its fair share of athleticism, you say? Hard as that is to believe, especially for those of you who've been following the program for six years or less, I do think we're entering an era that...
Bruins Nation Aug 20, 2014

Spaulding Roundup - UCLA Football Captains Named, Injury Round Up, and Ellis McCarthy

A recap of UCLA's Tuesday morning practice. After the morning practice, Mora has his basic remarks with an injury roundup and it sounds like almost everyone will be available for Virginia that hasn't already been declared out (like a Simon Goines.)  Most significantly, Jake Brendel will be back for Virginia.  Marcus Rios is at a specialist for migraines. Video courtesy of UCLA Athletics The biggest news out of the morning practice session were that captains were selected for this year:Offense: Brett Hundley and Jeff BrendelDefense: Eric Kendricks and Owamagbe Odighizuwa Special Teams:...
Bruins Nation Aug 19, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Ice Bucket Challenges, Back to Westwood, and U-20 Women's World Cup

Identity thieves suck. Are the ice bucket challenges getting out of hand? I challenged @jerrycferrara, @FlemmingDave, @Drebibo & @dlsathletics Principal @brotherrobertw http://t.co/OoJwZdTZMK — Sean Farnham (@SeanFarnham) August 19, 2014 Nice shirt, Farnham. Back at it pic.twitter.com/xtI2AlpYAz — Nate Starks (@Nate_Starks) August 18, 2014 Accepted @lorenzofertitta #ALSIceBucketChallenge & makin a donation. I nominate @JonnyBones @TWooodley @Jones_Drew32 http://t.co/lNByDbEguV — Marcedes Lewis (@MarcedesLewis89) August 16, 2014 Post by Official Marcedes...
Bruins Nation Aug 17, 2014

Bruin Bites: Women's Soccer Starts Title Defense, More

The summer lull in non-revenue sports is behind us, as both soccer teams prepare for their home openers, and individuals wrap up their summer tours in the spotlight. The football team returns from San Bernardino to continue preseason preparations. And it's a whole new world in basketball, as Prince Ali comes into TIARA's tent. Meanwhile, there is news on the non-revenue sports front as well. --- The women's soccer team comes into the 2014-15 season ranked #1 in the preseason coaches' poll. The ACC holds down the next four spots in the initial poll- yawn. The only other Pac-12 team in the...
Bruins Nation Aug 17, 2014
UCLA Football Ranked 7th in the AP Preseason Poll

UCLA Football Ranked 7th in the AP Preseason Poll

It doesn't mean a lot until they start playing some games, but it is a good indicator as far as the expectations for this year's team. Preseason polls are pretty meaningless other than serving as an indicator of the media hype surrounding your program. Obviously, the key is maintaining or improving that ranking by winning each and every week. Despite that, it's still nice when your team has the early season respect of being highly ranked. This morning, the Associated Press released its preseason football ranking. UCLA was ranked 7th with 1106 points. The Bruins are ranked behind Aubrun who...
Bruins Nation Aug 17, 2014

UCLA Campus Report: An Art Treasure Discovered on Campus, More

This week’s post includes the re-discovery of an art treasure on campus, new digital means of studying ancient Egypt, a study that IDs L.A. as the least affordable rental market in the country and research that shows that PTSD may manifest even if the sufferer doesn’t remember their original trauma. 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 the re-discovery of an art treasure on campus, new digital means of...
Bruins Nation Aug 16, 2014
NCAA Resolution Further Proves Alford Hiring Was a Bad Idea

NCAA Resolution Further Proves Alford Hiring Was a Bad Idea

The NCAA unimously passed a resolution specifiying expectations on how athletic departments should handle allegations of sexual assault, proving once again that UCLA should never have hired Steve Alford. Yesterday, McClatchy reported that the NCAA has unanimously passed a resolution which "specified expectations about how college athletics programs should try to prevent sexual violence and handle allegations of assaults." The article states: It called for [schools] to "cooperate with but not manage, direct, control or interfere with college or university investigations into allegations of...
Bruins Nation Aug 16, 2014

4* Guard Prince Ali Commits to UCLA Basketball

Steve Alford picks up another guard.. not from California for the class of 2015. Make way... for Prince Ali... Say hey... it's Prince Ali... (ok the Aladdin references end there.) 4 Star guard recruit Prince Ali has committed to UCLA: I'm excited to announce that I've committed to UCLA! Proud to be a Bruin! Thanks to my family, coaches and friends for all the support! — Fresh Prince (@Princesmoove23) August 16, 2014 Ali was originally committed to UConn but reopened his recruitment back in May, which was odd since Kevin Ollie had reaffirmed his commitment to UConn at that time. He...
Bruins Nation Aug 16, 2014
UCLA Football: Day 12 Open Thread

UCLA Football: Day 12 Open Thread

The UCLA Bruins wrap up their first two weeks of Fall camp at Cal State San Bernardino. Practice is scheduled to begin at 10:45 AM. As noted above, this morning is the last time that anybody in the Inland Empire can venture to a UCLA practice without enduring the terrors that are LA County Freeways. According to Jack Wang (and as JoeBruin15 noted already), this will also be the last time anyone can show up and watch the Bruins before the game in Virginia two weeks from now. UCLA practices will be closed to public after the Bruins return to campus. Last chance for fans is Saturday's...
Bruins Nation Aug 16, 2014

UCLA Football Day 11 Recap: Depth Chart Questions, Nine Deep at DB and Ulbrich's Invisible Filter

A look at the news from Day 11 of UCLA football's Fall Camp in San Bernardino, UCLA's final two-a-day session at CSUSB. UCLA wrapped up their next to last day of work (and final two-a-day) at Cal State San Bernardino. UCLA Athletics Youtube Channel posted the 6th installment of "The Desert", which I feel is a little bit of hyperbole from UCLA Athletics. Great stuff here from Devin Lucien (looks and sounds healthy after the scary injury), Devin Fuller and Eldridge Massington. The morning session saw a lot of special teams work and Coach Jim Mora spoke to the media after practice. Video...
Bruins Nation Aug 15, 2014
Bruin Bites & Day 11 Practice Thread: Bruins Hit the Pool, More Heisman Talk, and Jordan James Returning to Form

Bruin Bites & Day 11 Practice Thread: Bruins Hit the Pool, More Heisman Talk, and Jordan James Returning to Form

Coverage of Fall Camp in San Bernardino, Day 11 Open Thread and news from around the UCLA-iverse. Good morning UCLA! Here are you Bruin Bites for this Friday morning. With the heat having a cumulative effect on our Bruins, the coaches decided it was a good day to cut practice really short yesterday and hit the pool: UCLA was dragging recently and desperately needed a day off, so Jim Mora called a pool day today. Only two days of practice left in SB. — Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) August 14, 2014 In discussing the need for a day in the pool, Jack Wang put it in the context of what...
Bruins Nation Aug 14, 2014
UCLA Basketball: Alford Is Irrelevant In California

UCLA Basketball: Alford Is Irrelevant In California

You can't hate what you don't care about. A few days ago, the results of a survey asking people in every state what their most hated college basketball team is came in, and the results are interesting... Now some of you may have seen this before and figured hey, that's great, California doesn't hate UCLA basketball...well, at least not as much as the Wildcats over in Arizona. We must be doing something right! Well, looking back on the total lack of buzz surrounding the stretch run for last year's team, the thing we might be doing "right" is doing nothing noteworthy, and therefore doing...
Bruins Nation Aug 14, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Get Better Devin Lucien, and ATV Book Drive

Happy Birthday, Boss Leroux Almost time for fall sports season: Senior year! #onegoal112 pic.twitter.com/zGr6BaNbNF — Abby Dahlkemper (@AbbyDahlkemper) August 12, 2014 Devin Lucien: we're all pulling for you. @D_Lucien15 Feel better and help lead the Bruins this year. We Crespi guys gotta stick together. — Randy Cross (@randycrossFB) August 13, 2014 In case you missed it: Thank you all for your support & prayers BruinNation much LOVE to you all. #IllBeBack pic.twitter.com/SOI20VW42H — Devin Lucien (@D_Lucien15) August 13, 2014 Have you seen the ice bucket challenge? ALS Ice...

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