It’s the first day of Spring and the UCLA football team is gearing up for a big season under new head coach Jim Mora. The Bruins officially open spring practice on April 3rd at Spaulding Field. Practices are open to the public and will provide the Bruin faithful with their initial glimpse at the 2012 UCLA Bruins football team.
The most anticipated competition will take place at quarterback. The Bruins return veterans Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut and supremely talented redshirt freshman Brett Hundley.
La Costa Canyon vs. Lincoln (47-43) - The Mavericks outlasted Lincoln High School to win the Division II CIF Southern Regional Basketball Finals. La Costa advances to Sacramento for the CIF State Basketball Championship on 3/24. Tyrell Robinson (Lincoln HS) led all scorers with 20 points, and finished with 6 rebounds. Erick Magnuson finished with 11 pts and six boards for the Mavericks, while Matt Shrigley had 9 points.
After a long and turbulent recruiting process, former Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton is firmly ingrained at UCLA and ready to contribute as a freshman. At 6’2 200, Payton has the size, speed and play-making ability to warrant the interest he received. It is top flight recruits like Payton that exemplify the new Jim Mora era in Westwood.
The talent pool of student-athletes spread throughout California’s high schools is no mystery. However, West Coast preps seem to lack the national exposure granted to other sports recruits in U.S. States throughout the South and Midwest, such as Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida.
Supremely talented UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley should make quite a splash in the Pac-12 this upcoming season. After redshirting last season, the former five-star recruit from Chandler High in Arizona is primed to lead the Bruins to glory.
The Tim Tebow Experience has descended upon Southern California this week for a little off-season mechanics tweaking. According to ESPN, the Denver Broncos starting quarterback has sought the expertise of UCLA quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone to improve his craft.
Tebow and Mazzone have worked together before and have maintained a relationship for some time. The main objective is to develop Tim into a more efficient passer. Accomplishing this feat is no small task and definitely remains a work in progress.
Ellis McCarthy demonstrates the ability of a former NFL coach like Jim Mora Jr. to attract five-star recruits. After verbally committing to Cal, McCarthy decided to stay close to home and anchor the Bruins defense.
The nation‘s top defensive tackle prospect, McCarthy was a flat out beast at Monrovia High School and is expected to be a disruptive force along the defensive line. At 6’4 311, McCarthy possesses the brute strength, athleticism and versatility that will make him a nightmare for opposing offenses to contain from day one.
Last season was truly a breakout year for junior quarterback Brett Hundley (Chandler High School, AZ) who passed for 1517 yards and 16 touchdowns with only two interceptions, and ran for another 1208 yards and 12 scores. A proven pocket passer and runner, Hundley (6'4" 210) was chosen as the Gatorade Arizona football player of the year last season and has received offers from many top programs nationwide. Hundley's offers include UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Colorado, Washington and several others.