Josh Rosen with Jedd Fisch

UCLA Spring Practice Report: Day 12

Apr. 24 -- The UCLA defense forced a few more turnovers Monday, but the offense bounced back nicely toward the end of practice, putting together some nice drives in the two-minute drill...

UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, as he has done throughout these spring practices, mixed in a new wrinkle Monday afternoon and the unit appeared to respond well.

After struggling to generate rhythm for much of the afternoon in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11, the offense was tasked with moving the ball in simulated two-minute drills, and both Josh Rosen and Devon Modster put together good drives to get points on the board. Rosen, who was out of sync with his receivers earlier in practice, got in a bit of a groove late once the run game opened things up on the perimeter. Bolu Olorunfunmi had a good run to the left thanks to a wide lane paved by Andre JamesNate Starks and Jordan Lasley each followed with positive gains to that same side and the offense was in business. Sotonye Jamabo scored on an inside run near the goal line before Rosen followed with a dart to Darren Andrews on a slant route for another touchdown.

Josh Rosen with Jedd Fisch

Rosen and Andrews also hooked up for what was probably the top offensive play of the afternoon, connecting over the top on a post route that would have gone for a touchdown. Modster also had an impressive throw earlier in the session, lofting a pass over a couple linebackers to hit Jimmy Jaggers in the back of the end zone.

The defense would probably be the designated winner of practice, though. True freshmen Darnay Holmes and Jaelan Phillips led the way, with Holmes jumping a slant route to intercept Rosen during 7-on-7 and knocking away a few more passes throughout the afternoon. He's playing at a different speed now and seems to be anticipating much better than he was the first week.

Phillips, meanwhile, recorded a handful of sacks off the edge and it'd be safe to say that his quickness has translated quite well to the college level.

Octavius Spencer also had an impressive leaping interception of Rosen in the end zone while playing corner. He's done well there when given the opportunity and, with Denzel Fisher (elbow) not at practice Monday, he got some run with the ones, trading off series with Colin Samuel. Spencer also had a rare sack during the final two-minute drill, sneaking into the backfield on a nickel blitz that caught Rosen off guard.

Head coach Jim Mora announced that even the quarterbacks would be live in Saturday's spring game and, based on how the defense performed Monday, that might spell trouble for Rosen. On top of the havoc that Phillips created on the outside, we had Josh WoodsKenny YoungMatt DickersonBoss Tagaloa and Keisean Lucier-South all recording sacks.

QUICK HITS

-- Rick Wade continued to fare well against Kenny Lacy in OL vs DL one-on-one battles. His length has given the converted offensive tackle serious issues throughout spring...

-- Brandon Burton and Jordan Wilson had a competitive set of one-on-one matchups and, at one point, had to be separated. Burton still has to gain some mass if he's to stick at that outside linebacker spot, but he's shown some potential there...

-- Mora said he's still waiting to find out if Fisher will be available for Saturday's game. He ruled out Dechaun Holiday (shoulder)...

-- During the individual drills, Mora went from one position group to the next recording video on his phone and sending it out in real time on his social media accounts...

-- In the two-minute drill, J.J. Molson sank a field goal from about 40 yards out. That was the only kick of the afternoon...

-- Jaggers left practice early with a trainer...

Jeremiah Martin with Jim Mora at UCLA practice

-- The notable recruits in attendance:

http://www.scout.com/player/209134-jeremiah-martin

http://www.scout.com/player/205721-issaiah-johnson

http://www.scout.com/player/208878-mase-funa

https://twitter.com/JayF56/status/856689172052008961

-- The Bruins return to the Intramural Field for their 13th practice of spring on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.


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