Practice Notes, Mora Apology

UCLA's Thursday evening session was shorter than the morning, UCLA is down a lot of offensive linemen, and Jim Mora apologizes for his comments earlier in the day...

The second session on Thursday was shorter than the morning session, but the Bruins did go "live" for the first time in camp, hitting during goal line practice. Other than that, though, it was a fairly uneventful second session.

The offensive line was extremely depleted, with only eight guys (Kody Innes, Greg Capella, Michael Padovese, Conor McDermott, Carl Hulick, Jake Brendel, Ben Wysocki, and Xavier Su'a-Filo) participating. Brett Downey made it out but went back inside after a few minutes. Will Oliver and Alexandru Ceachir were also held out.

Coach Mora talked about Jeff Baca and Albert Cid after practice, saying that they were being taken back to UCLA tomorrow during the off day for tests to see whether they suffered concussions.

In the absence of, well, damn near everyone, Padovese took the first string reps at right guard, with Wysocki, Capella, Brendel, and Su'a-Filo manning the rest of the line. Padovese actually had a really nice rep during the live period, pancaking Iuta Tepa.

Datone Jones was back in practice after being thrown out of the morning session, although it looked like he wasn't getting many first string reps. Tepa took most of the first string reps at end.

Steven Manfro finally broke out a little during this practice, after being fairly quiet through the first few practices. He turned a short catch into a long gain by juking a couple of defenders during the 11-on-11 period, and later made a nice cutback on a run. He's not getting as many reps as he got during the spring, largely because the coaches seem to be making an effort to get the unknown quantities, like Paul Perkins, Fabian Moreau, and Ahmaad Harris, some more playing time.

Jordon James had another fumble, after coughing up one in the morning session, this time being stripped by Keenan Graham, who also recovered the ball. He followed that up with a nice run, cutting back behind the line of scrimmage after several blitzers appeared, and gaining five yards.

Kevin Prince had a couple of really nice throws during 7-on-7, hitting Roosevelt Davis just over the outstretched hands of Aaron Wallace, and also nailing Sam Handler in the hands on a deep throw before he dropped the ball. Brett Hundley bounced back from his morning session, and had probably the prettiest throw of the session during individual drills, hitting Harris perfectly in the hands down the sideline.

While it's seemingly apparent that Hundley will win the job, the battle for No. 2 is pretty important, considering the odds that whomever that is will probably get some playing time this season. Looking at it now, it appears that it will come down to Brehaut vs. Prince, as the eternal battle wages on. Right now, just based off command of the offense and consistency, we'd guess that it's probably Prince who will be the no. 2.

Damien Thigpen continues to impress, making an excellent spin move to juke a couple of defenders on a run during 11-on-11.

Tomorrow, UCLA will take an off day for some team building stuff before getting back to the two-a-days on Saturday.



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