San Bernardino, Calif. - UCLA football coach Jim Mora put the Bruins through a high-energy morning practice before a fine crowd on Saturday morning on the athletic fields at Cal State Bernardino. The players donned shoulder pads and helmets and went through a two-hour plus session, which featured referees for the first time at this camp.
Note: There is still one more open practice at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Coach Mora explained that one of the reasons he brings in the officials is to up the level of pressure on the players to perform during the drills. The more pressure on the players and coaches in practice, the better they are able to handle it on Saturday before a big crowd with a game on the line.
Following afternoon meetings, the squad will prepare for the second practice of the day which will begin at 6:00 p.m. The second practice time has been moved up one hour from its original start time of 7:00 p.m. There is no practice on Sunday. UCLA will be back in action on Monday with another two-a-day scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
On Saturday, August 17, all Bruin fans are invited to a "Meet the Team" event at the UCLA football team's last practice in San Bernardino. Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. that day and the "Meet the Team" autograph portion of the day will begin at noon. This event is free and open to the public, and fans in attendance will receive the 2013 football poster and free ice cream.
UCLA opens the 2013 football season at home in the Rose Bowl on August 31 (7:00 p.m. PT). The Bruins then take to the road for game two and visit Nebraska (Sept.14, 9:00 a.m. PT). The Bruins return home on Sept. 21 to host New Mexico State (time tba). For ticket information call 310-UCLA-WIN or go to UCLA's Ticket Central Page.
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 pay stations in the parking 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.
UCLA’s Open Football Practice Schedule at Cal State San Bernardino
Saturday, August 10 - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 no practice
Monday, August 12 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 15 10:45 a.m.
Friday, August 16 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 17 10:30 a.m. Meet the Team Day
Note --- Times subject to change, please check uclabruins.com and local media outlets for updates. Practice sessions last approximately two hours.
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