Saturday Practice Report

UCLA's final practice in San Bernardino on Saturday was a fairly short one, but the Bruins still managed to get in some team drills...

Saturday morning's practice was UCLA's final practice in San Bernardino before heading back to Westwood, and it was a relatively light one in advance of the autograph signing session with fans immediately after.

Eddie Vanderdoes, after doing a lot of work yesterday with the team, didn't do nearly as much today, but Jim Mora said afterward that he should be good to go for Monday, as should many of the other injured players, including Ellis McCarthy, who sprained his ankle yesterday during team drills.

Simon Goines sat out practice again, which has caused some interesting combinations on the offensive line. To start the day, UCLA had Caleb Benenoch at right tackle, Carl Hulick at right guard, Jake Brendel at center, Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard, and Torian White at left tackle, and that looked to be their most effective combination from the abbreviated practice. UCLA also attempted a line of White at right tackle, Kenny Lacy at right guard, Brendel at center, Benenoch at left guard, and Su'a-Filo at left tackle, but it wasn't nearly as effective protecting the passer.

Myles Jack flashed some good cover skills during the first team period, snagging an interception from Jerry Neuheisel that likely would have been returned for a touchdown. Jack also returned kicks during the kickoff period, so it's clear UCLA is looking to use him in a variety of ways.

Darren Andrews looked the most naturally explosive of the kick returners, accelerating quickly after catching the ball. Jordon James, Steven Manfro, Fabian Moreau and Devin Fuller all also got looks at kick returner. UCLA didn't do live kickoffs Saturday, opting to use the jugs machine.

During one on one drills, Jalen Ortiz made a nice catch over Jayon Brown in the endzone for a 40 yard score. Thomas Duarte also had a nice play, reeling in a pass with just one hand that looked like it was going to be out of reach. He's shown really good hands throughout camp. Devin Lucien had some nice moments on the offensive end as well. Moreau probably had the best day in coverage during the one on ones.

Funnily enough, the prettiest pass of the one on one period, a beautiful strike to Jordan Payton near the corner of the endzone from Asiantii Woulard, was broken up by Priest Willis, who made a great effort to close on Payton after Payton beat him to the spot.

Cameron Judge had a nice day, picking off a pass in linebacker one on ones and then grabbing another one during skeleton drills against Woulard. He's had a relatively quiet camp, and looks like a redshirt candidate, but he's shown some nice instincts at times, and his frame looks like it can add more weight without much problem.

With McCarthy out, Seali'I Epenesa worked in with the 1s at nose tackle, and it looked like Eli Ankou got a few reps there, though my eyes could have deceived me. Cassius Marsh once again had at least one sack during the period.

Kenny Orjioke had his way with Christian Morris a few times during the second string reps, with Morris slotting in at left tackle. Morris has a good rep every now and then, but he just needs to get in better shape. He spent about half of practice just jogging on the edge of the field in an effort to get him in better shape.

The secondary remained unchanged, again, and it looks likely that this could be the starting unit heading into the season, with Ishmael Adams and Fabian Moreau at the corners and Anthony Jefferson and Randall Goforth at the safety spots.

UCLA will not practice tomorrow, and then on Monday, practice is scheduled for 2:45, and from what we've heard, should be open to the public back on Spaulding Field. We'll have a complete schedule over the weekend.

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