Jim Mora's Sunday Teleconference

Sep. 6 -- Read what UCLA head coach Jim Mora had to say about injuries and Josh Rosen's performance on Sunday...

Q: Having looked at the tape, anything look different to you there?

A: No, I mean, we ran the ball against a team that was determined to not let us run it. We averaged 5.8 yards per carry on true runs. We were efficient protecting the quarterback. He only got hit six times. We gave up no sacks. That was not a sack, it was a no gain. We had no turnovers on offense, so that was a positive. Defensively, we held them to 2.9 per carry, which was outstanding. 35 times their quarterback dropped back and he got sacked once, hit 11 times, two tips, five pass break-ups. We hit him 11 times in 35. We had one takeaway, we'll have to be better there, try to get more takeaways. So we were efficient, you know, it's a good start for us. When you can run the ball, stop the run, affect the quarterback, and protect the quarterback, take the ball away, and not give it away, you've got a good chance to be successful in that game.

Q: How did Soso Jamabo look compared to what you saw from him during training camp?

A: I saw him look every day in training camp like a better and better player, closer to what we thought he'd be. And over the course of the last two and a half weeks he's really looked good, and he looked like he's looked the last two and a half weeks, which is very productive. A guy that has a really patient style of running, and when he finds the hole, he's able to hit it, and get to the open field, and when he gets there, he's able to make something happen.

Q: How did Kenny Clark and Eddie Vanderdoes look when you watched on film?

A: They looked fantastic. They completely shut down the middle of the offense. They were outstanding against the run. Like I said, they averaged 2.9 per carry, and that's pretty darn good.

Q: Is everything good with Eddie? It looked like he kind of fell down when he was lifting Kenny after the touchdown?

A: He saw the doctors so we're just waiting to see. It happened on a play where earlier in the game when his knee kind of locked down on him, so we're just waiting to see.

Q: Randall Goforth in the fine category as well?

A: Randall, it was just that his neck was a little sore, but it's nothing serious. He should be ready to roll on Tuesday.

Q: This is the fewest first-year freshmen you've used in a season opener. What do you attribute that to?

A: Well, we've got veteran depth, more than we've ever had. A lot of really good upper classmen. So it's just a little bit harder to break them in right now. But if a guy's capable, we're certainly going to use him. I know off-hand, we used on defense Octavius Spencer. On offense, we used Soso, Bolu, Josh, and Chris Clark. We had plans to put Fred Ulu-Perry in there, but we didn't do it at the end of the game. I think that was probably it, but I'm not sure.

Q: What was the value of having Myles at running back?

A: 6'2, 245 pounds, 4.4 speed, an explosive player that is no fun to tackle. Just having the ability to change pace on a team is a good thing. Paul is a workhorse, and we felt comfortable giving it to a guy down there who's done quite a bit for us.

Q: What did you learn about Josh's performance watching the film?

A: That he's calm. That he did a nice job of making the right reads for the most part. That he had a good feel for when to hand it off and when to pull it and throw it. That he still has a lot of work to do, obviously, like everybody does, and just continue to develop consistency, as we try to do as a team. I learned about him from really being on the sidelines and watching him react to things. He kept a very even-keeled demeanor throughout the game, whether we went three and out or went down for a touchdown. He came to the sidelines and he was able to communicate information to the coaches on the sidelines. He was able to absorb information we were giving to him, and he was able to keep his wits about him.

Q: What does he still need to refine in particular?

A: Consistency. Making the right read all the time. Accuracy on every throw. Depth of his drop. Looking off defenders. Just all the little kind of technical things that aren't necessarily...you just don't see with the naked eye, you have to wait to see. We evaluate every single play, and every part of every single play. And just like every player on our team there's good plays and then there are plays when you go, we could make an improvement here.


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