Wednesday Practice Notes

First day of pads, first casualty of the season as offensive lineman Blake Worley leaves the team. Two prominent recruits visit practice and Toledo comments about early practice standouts and the situation at offensive line...

Junior offensive lineman Blake Worley has left the team, having suffered his third concussion in less than a year last week in practice. Marc Dellins, UCLA's Sports Information Director said, "He and his family and doctors discussed it and they feel there's a concern (over the injuries) and that there's more to life than football."

Two important visitors: Matt Moore, the quarterback from Hart, visited UCLA's morning practice. In the afternoon session, mammoth lineman Keith Jackson (no relation to the ABC commentator) watched the entire practice. Jackson is at least 6-5, and says he weighs 300 pounds, and completely passes the eye-ball test. He was also accompanied by his "little" brother, who is a 6-4, 245-pound junior defensive end from that said he had 16 sacks as a sophomore last year. A recruiting update and photo of Keith Jackson is on its way.

Head Coach Bob Toledo comments…

On the first day of pads and contact…

"There was a lot of enthusiasm. A lot of guys running around and hitting people. Like I told them, tomorrow they have to come back and do it again. They can't hit the wall just because this is the first day we put pads on."

On who is standing out…

"I think Craig Bragg is making some big plays. I think the freshmen DBs, I've been watching them a lot. They're learning and getting better. And Jibril Raymo and Matt Clark. They're doing a good job. But I think our front defensive line, I'm really impressed. They're experienced and they're competing."

On the fact that Craig Bragg could be his fastest receiver…

"Tab Perry's pretty fast. I'm not going to give you times, but I couldn't catch him. It could run 20 yards in what it takes them to run a 40. They're both very fast. Bragg is fast and quick. And he's a playmaker. I told you guys before he's a guy we have to keep an eye on. There was a big jump from spring ball to fall camp. A big jump. He wasn't really sure of himself and wasn't playing full speed in the spring, but he's now learned what he's doing and playing full speed. He made a great catch this morning. He's a playmaker. So is Tab Perry."

On how Ryan Nece is doing…

"Good. Ryan's looked really good. He said his shoulders feels good. We're keeping him out of a lot of the contact, but yet you want to get him a routine, where he can react to do things, without giving him a lot of contact. It's really encouraging. He feels good about himself right now and that's important."

On rotating offensive linemen Paul Mociler and Steve Vieira into the starting line, both at tackle and guard in practice…

"We're trying to get the best five guys playing, and then the best six or seven guys to go. Mociler is playing left guard and left tackle. And Vieira is playing right guard and right tackle. Again, trying to get the best seven or eight linemen to go right now. I'd say the tackle position is solidified. Bohlander and Saffer are solid. But if something happens to them, and the guards are healthy, Mociler and Vieira would play tackle. So, it depends on who's healthy. They're both kind of the next guy to play on either side. And then John Ream is the next guy at center. And then Ream could play guard also, and Efseaff could play center also. So we're trying to get a whole bunch of guys ready and then hopefully nothing happens so we don't have to play freshmen."

On the health of the team…

"We're healthy for the most part. Cody Joyce's knee is bothering him, but I think the guys are relatively healthy. They go banged around today, first day in pads. So it's going to start wearing on them a little bit."


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