Aug. 15, 2012
The Bruins came out in full pads for the evening practice in San Bernardino. The emphasis was on situational work, with the offense going against the defense. Defensive backs Aaron Hester and Ishmael Adams stood out on a number of plays in the secondary. Coach Mora indicated that the defensive line, running back, linebacker and wide receiver positions were the strengths of the team, by position. He said that overall depth needed to improve going forward. Coach mentioned several young players he thought had enjoyed solid camps including linebacker Nate Iese, defensive back Marcus Rios, defensive back Ishmael Adams, defensive back Randall Goforth, receiver Jordan Payton, receiver Javon Williams and receiver Kenneth Walker. He said that offensive lineman Ben Wysocki had "come out of nowhere", receiver Jerry Johnson had a solid camp, along with fullback David Allen.
In the morning, the team practiced without pads in a workout which stressed situational work and tempo. Senior Y receiver Joseph Fauria made several key catches during the drills. Coach Mora talked after practice about the competition going on in the Bruin secondary. He cited youngsters Ishmael Adams, Randall Goforth and Marcus Rios as having the "indicators" which could make them contributors this season.
Thursday's practice session will begin at 8:00 a.m. The team will then pack up and head back to Westwood. Continue to check the website for practice time changes / updates.
If you cannot make it out to San Bernardino to check out the Bruins, make plans to be on campus in Westwood on Saturday, August 18 for a Meet the Bruins Day in Drake Stadium from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Fans will be able to get autographs and photos of the players and coaches, food trucks will be on site and there will be a Kids Zone and more. Practices on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, at Spaulding Field on the Westwood campus, will also be open to the public. Those practices are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday; 11:30 a.m. on Monday; and at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The team will then begin preparations for the first game.
UCLA opens the 2012 football season on the road with a game against Rice on August 30 (6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT). The Bruins then return home to the Rose Bowl for three straight games --- Nebraska (Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m.), Houston (Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.) and Oregon State (Sept. 22, time TBA). For ticket information call 310-UCLA-WIN.
Fans heading to Cal State San Bernardino (5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407) should plan on bringing their own chairs, as there are no bleachers around the practice fields. Parking ($5 daily charge) can be secured at the parking kiosk off the Coyote Drive entrance to the university or at the blue automated kiosks in the lot. Plenty of parking is available in lots (Lot G is closest to field) within a short walk of the practice site located on the east side of the campus.