It was a gloomy day in Westwood, with a little bit of drizzle, but another pretty good practice for UCLA. The Bruins got back to the tempo with which they started the week, getting in and out of drills and in and out of reps quickly.
Kevin Prince had a pretty good day after taking the day off yesterday to rest his knee. He hit Shaq Evans on one throw across the field in the 7 on 7 where the ball seemed to show more zip than it has for most of this year.
Evans had a very nice day catching the ball. In 1 on 1's, he and Randall Carroll had a bit of a battle, which Evans won handily. He caught one throw in the back of the end zone one-handed over Carroll, and then burned Carroll on a deep ball. Josh Smith also had a really nice finger tip catch in the back of the end zone where he laid out for it. All in all, a good day catching for the receiving corps.
Jaydon Mickens, Gabe Marks, and Milo Jordan were the prominent names that did not make it out to UCLA as they were expected to, but aside from that, UCLA got everyone there they expected. Ellis McCarthy took in the last half hour of practice with his family, and Jim Mora spent at least 20 minutes speaking with him. One name that wasn't on Huff's list was Kevon Seymour, who was also in attendance.
Mora seems like he might be a natural with recruiting. I'm writing this right now about an hour after practice, and he's still out shaking hands and talking to recruits on Spaulding.
With the construction, a few parents were wandering around Spaulding before practice wondering how to get over to the Hall of Fame press room, where the recruits were congregating.
There was one scary incident in the 11 on 11 where Alex Mascarenas (who's been out for most of the year after suffering a concussion) took a hit to the head while standing on the sideline after a Carroll interception, where one of the blockers ran into him. He was taken back to the shed and looked to have a cut under his left eye.
Practice was again pretty short, starting at 10:45 and finishing up at about 12:15.
Wesley Flowers was not dressed for practice, to get some extra rest for his knee. Sheldon Price also sat out practice for the same reason.
Practice Notes, Johnson Video
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