UCLA football has now become the dominant topic in Westwood, and for good reason – it's time for spring football, and with all the narratives and uncertainties surrounding the Bruins (there aren't that many, but still), this spring will be one to keep your eye on.
But while we're all UCLA football nuts, your humble narrator isn't about to get up at 6 a.m. to watch the mid-week practices. (Before you criticize me, let's remember that you probably won't either.)
So instead, we'll gather all kinds of news from around the web, including post-practice pressers and interviews. Hit the jump for ALL the materials.
Jim Mora's post-practice presser
(Videos courtesy of Tyler Drohan of the Daily Bruin)
Mora discusses the first day of practice, and tells reporters that it went well. Of particular note was the fact that he said very few mistakes were made, which was indicative of players understanding the procedures in their second year under Mora.
Mora also discussed the return of safety Dietrich Riley. Riley, if you recall, suffered a nasty neck injury against Cal at the Rose Bowl in 2011, and hasn't seen the field since. Mora noted that while Riley was solid, the true test won't come until he begins to make contact, something Mora says will be more of a mental issue than anything. (Try getting shelved for nearly two years after a neck injury and hit someone with conviction without fear.)
From Bruin Gold. Here's a fan's notes from the Bruin Gold forum, a free community that has been known to have some radical ideas. (They supported Ben Howland down to the last minute, but this isn't hoops, so whatever.) This fan saw the players as slimmer, but this is likely just a long lay-off of watching football.
Devin Fuller, the fan continues, played at the wide-out spot for much of the time and once lined up in a "Wildcat" type of formation. He also noted Ellis McCarthy left practice after an hour; if you recall, McCarthy played sparingly with knee surgery. His injury issues are piling up, which means the five-star defensive tackle may have an uphill battle for a career.
There's a few other notes so I suggest you read it.
• Here's a piece from that dorky site Bruins Nation. It's actually a good read, but just stay away from their hoops coverage for now.