Video: Soso Jamabo Talks UCLA Running Backs

Apr. 6 -- In his first spring practice, UCLA's second-year running back is embracing the opportunity to replace Paul Perkins in the backfield...

Soso Jamabo gained experience last fall in his first season at UCLA and sounds comfortable in his role as the Bruins look to replace the departed Paul Perkins this spring.

Jamabo, a former five-star prospect, has shared the first-unit reps with Nate Starks through the first five practices of the spring and appears to be embracing the opportunity. He spoke about that, the running back rotation, changes in the offense, what he learned from Perkins and more Wednesday during his session with reporters. Find the video interview below:

On the tweak to the running attack:

It's not too much of a challenge.  Coach KP does a good job of teaching us a whole style of running, not being one-dimensional.  The challenge wasn't hired. It's getting used to that downhill running.  The transition is pretty natural. I have pretty good vision, I think.  I make my cuts off what I see my holes are.

On if he's had a fullback before:

Never, but Cam Griffin and Ainuu are doing great. It will be a great offense and we'll have a lot of fun. 

On his first full spring practice:

It's similar but San Bernardino is much higher. The competition between offense and defense is just as high intensity. We're having fun out there. Coach KP does a great job of keeping us prepared. Its about going 100%.

On what he brings as a back:

We all have different abilities. When one comes out, another great one comes in. It will be hard for defenses to stop us. With us having three different running styles, it will be fun to watch what happens.  We are definitely more experienced. We take a lot of that on our shoulders. We have to be prepared every game and practice because you never know how the passing game will go.  We try to pick it up every days. 

On what KP brings as an OC:

He brings a lot of intensity.  It's a lot different vibe.  I've been with him for a year, he recruited me, but its a lot different for the offense.

On what he learned from Paul Perkins:

Just being positive. He taught a lot on the field, but it was him being positive. We have to bring that to the table.  No matter how the play is going, we have to keep pushing.


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