Monday Practice Report

The team practices in shorts and shells after yesterday's scrimmage, Brett Hundley doesn't look quite as good as yesterday, and there's some movement on the defensive line...

After the fireworks of last night, UCLA practiced in shorts and shells on Monday, and it appears that the Bruins came through yesterday's live hitting more or less unscathed with no new players joining the wounded on the sideline.

Nate Iese did suffer a finger injury toward the middle of practice, and was held out for the remainder. Other than that, the injured remained the same, with Albert Cid, Jeff Baca, and Greg Capella on the sideline with floppy hats on. Ryan Hofmeister came out with a helmet and shoulder pads, but spent the majority of practice on the sideline.

Coach Mora said after practice that Ellis McCarthy continues to be day to day, and that they will remain cautious on his return. However, he did reiterate that McCarthy is "very close". McCarthy spent the entirety of practice working with Sal Alosi.

After having a pretty successful scrimmage yesterday, Brett Hundley came back to Earth today. While he hit a few good throws, generally he was a little off, throwing high and long during 11 on 11. Richard Brehaut had a marginally better day, and looked more accurate than yesterday. Kevin Prince doesn't look like he's getting much of anything on his throws, with the ball coming out of his hand with very little zip.

T.J. Millweard had maybe the best ten minute stretch of his budding UCLA career during the 11 on 11 period to end practice. He hit two really nice throws, including one very pretty deep ball to Ricky Marvray in the corner of the end zone over Marcus Rios.

Dalton Hilliard was once again working with the 1's at inside linebacker, opposite Eric Kendricks. He had a pretty tough play during 7 on 7 where he covered Ian Taubler really well, only to have the ball tip up and Taubler make a nice adjustment to catch it in the endzone.

The starting offensive line was once again Xavier Su'a-Filo, Ben Wysocki, Jacob Brendel, Brett Downey, and Torian White, although Simon Goines once again worked in with the 1's at various points. Goines looked OK sealing at times, but his balance and weight distribution could pose an issue, with Ryan Medina picking him up and dropping him at one point.

Keenan Graham got some work at fullback, but dropped the only pass intended for him. He actually never caught a pass in high school, so this is the first real action he's gotten as a cog in the offense. He's still picking up reps as the No. 2 outside linebacker on the right side. Aaron Wallace has been working on the other side with the second team.

With Iuta Tepa gone, Brandon Willis took many of the reps as the second team right defensive end, and Kevin McReynolds worked as the second team nose tackle. Datone Jones, Seali'i Epenesa, and Cassius Marsh started out as the first string defensive line, but Owamagbe Odighizuwa worked in for Jones pretty liberally throughout practice.

During 1 on 1's, there has been a bit of a healthy rivalry between Jerry Johnson and Aaron Hester, and today, Johnson got the better of it. He beat Hester on three consecutive routes pretty badly.

Anthony Jefferson had a really tough time during 1 on 1's, and had no chance during the two times he was forced to cover Steven Manfro.

In a not so healthy rivalry, Ishmael Adams and Devin Lucien got into a bit of a scuffle after Adams put some pretty tight coverage on Lucien, and several teammates had to get between the two. It looked like Brett Hundley actually got into the middle to make peace. After, the two made up and all was well.

Kenneth Walker, who has had a pretty eye opening camp, put a couple of electric moves on defensive backs during 1 on 1's, but couldn't finish, dropping both passes.

Sheldon Price continues to have a nice camp, and seems to be finally owning the role of shutdown corner. He and Hester both have had good preseasons, and it'll be interesting to see if they can carry it all over into games.


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