UCLA: Torian White

UCLA enters spring with few holes

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One of the ways a football team transitions from a group of wishful maybes to a sense of near-ontological certainty is when its collection of spring practice questions becomes mostly an array of appealing potential options.

So we have UCLA as it transitions from an underachieving program (1999-2011) to a good one (2012-2013) to one that has the makings of a national contender in 2014.

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Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty ImagesWith few questions to answer this spring, Jim Mora has the makings of a special 2014 season with UCLA.
While the Bruins have questions on their depth chart, there isn't any particular area of vexing concern. The five positions where starters need to be replaced seem likely to be filled by promising athletes with playing experience. If those more veteran players don't rise to the fore during spring practices, that mostly speaks to the program's strong recruiting under Jim Mora.

Further, it's reasonable to project that those 20 or so freshmen and sophomores who saw significant playing time last year will physically and mentally mature into their primes.

There simply aren't any worrisome voids on this team.

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There are, of course, important questions.

Is defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa fully healthy? He told reporters Tuesday that he is. So then is the former A-list recruit ready to break through as a senior?

What does LB/RB Myles Jack do for an encore after one of the best true freshman seasons in recent memory?

And speaking of what's next, is it reasonable to project Hundley taking a strong step forward as a third-year starter? Of course, that's why the program has already launched a Heisman Trophy campaign.

A lot of variables beyond personnel go into a special season -- a Rose Bowl-, College Football Playoff-type season. A team needs a great offseason. It needs positive chemistry and leadership. It needs to avoid injuries. It needs to stay hungry. It needs laser-like focus every week.

Returning starters do not guarantee anything. National champion Florida State only had 11 of them last year.

But on paper, UCLA appears to be the most likely candidate to break the five-year Stanford-Oregon Pac-12 hegemony atop the Pac-12. The Bruins might even be a team that catches the notice of the CFP selection committee in December.

Freshmen making an impact for Bruins

November, 8, 2012
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Jordan PaytonAndrew Fielding/US PresswireJordan Payton is one of many UCLA freshmen who have stepped up to play well for the Bruins.

LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Payton said he stopped feeling like a freshman after he took his first hit.

Jake Brendel said that moment came for him after his first game. Simon Goines said his came about four games into the season. And Brett Hundley said it happened for him after his first big win over Nebraska.

The UCLA Bruins have had plenty of those "a-ha" moments this season. Coach Jim Mora and his staff have rolled out 25 freshmen so far this season, and nine of them have started, including four who have been starters every game.

Three games ago against Utah, the Bruins started seven -- yes, seven -- freshmen on offense. Yet despite the wet-behind-the-ears lineup, all the young guys have performed at a high enough level to have the Bruins (7-2, 4-2) ranked No. 18 in the BCS standings and in control of the Pac-12 Conference race as they head to Washington State for a Saturday night game.

"We kind of went through our moments early in the season where we wondered if we could coach or not," offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. "We went through our ups and our downs, but in my mind we don't have any more freshmen on this team."

That's because nine games in, they have been through the ringer enough to know what they are doing. Hundley has started every game at quarterback and plays behind an offensive line featuring Brendel at center, Goines at one tackle and Torian White, another freshman, at the other tackle. UCLA is averaging 37 points a game, which is second in the Pac-12.

Hundley, Brendel and White are redshirt freshmen so they at least had a year of seasoning in practice and on scout teams to adjust. But Goines and Payton, a receiver who has started the past three games, are true freshmen getting a lot of playing time and contributing at a high level.

UCLA has used 12 true freshmen this season after using only one last year.

Last week, Payton caught his first career touchdown against Arizona in a game that featured UCLA touchdowns by four freshmen. Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, also a true freshman, had a field goal and tied a school record with nine extra points in that game.

"There were a couple of games where I was just like, 'Wow,'" said Brendel, who has started every game at center. "It was a different atmosphere, a different speed than I'm used to. But the more you go through it, the more used it you get. It just takes experience to get used to all of it."

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White remains on track to start after heart procedure

October, 23, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- UCLA offensive lineman Torian White did only light individual work in practice Tuesday, but remains on track in his recovery from a minor heart procedure and is expected to start Saturday at Arizona State, coach Jim Mora said Tuesday.

White, a freshman who has started every game at left tackle this season, had electrical impulses sent into his heart last Tuesday to correct a randomly rapid heartbeat. Recovery was expected to take a week.

"He’ll be fine," Mora said. "He should be out here full go tomorrow and he should start playing and be fine. He worked on the bike, he worked on the side, he had his pads on, he had his helmet on. We just kept him out of contact today but he should be good to go."

Mora said holding White out of contact has to do with letting the wound heal rather than any after effects of the surgery.

"It’s not the fact that he’s weak or anything like that that he couldn’t practice, it’s just the fact that he’s still recovering," Mora said.

Torian White has heart procedure

October, 16, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- UCLA’s starting left tackle, Torian White, will miss practice this week after undergoing a minor procedure Tuesday to correct a heart rhythm issue, coach Jim Mora said.

White, a 6-5, 285-pound redshirt freshman, is expected to return to practice next week and play Oct. 27 against Arizona State. UCLA does not play this week.

“He will be fine for the Arizona State game,” Mora said.

White has started every game for the Bruins this season despite discovering during training camp that he needed the procedure. He sat out of several practices after complaining of chest pains but doctors said the issue wasn't significant enough to warrant missing time so he scheduled the procedure for the off week. It is not expected to be an issue in the future.

Also, starting right tackle Simon Goines, who left Saturday's game with a knee injury, had an MRI that reveal no serious damage, Mora said. Goines was limited to exercise bike work Tuesday but could be back on the field Wednesday, Mora said.

"They didn't find anything serious enough to keep him out," Mora said. "He might get some work tomorrow, but that remains to be seen."

Bruins search for answers after tough loss

October, 9, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- A loss such as the UCLA Bruins' 43-17 beatdown by California last week tends to create a lot of questions.

What went wrong? How can it be fixed? Does there need to be a change in personnel?

The answers to the first two are generally found by a review of the game film. It's the third one that requires a little deeper thought.

The general consensus is that UCLA's biggest breakdowns came on the offensive line and in the secondary, and coach Jim Mora said those are the two most difficult positions in which to make personnel changes.

"Positions that depend on real cohesiveness like the offensive line or the secondary is pretty difficult," Mora said. "Probably the offensive line is the most difficult. The other positions you can kind of plug guys in and get through it. Offensive line is tough."

For that reason, the Bruins will stick with their offensive line for Saturday's game against Utah, even though the Bruins gave up five sacks and left tackle Torian White was pulled during the game against Cal.

The line includes three freshmen and a sophomore and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm says he wants to keep his young line intact to see if it can continue to develop. He said he won't make any rash decisions based on one poor showing.

"These guys are who we are rolling with," Klemm said. "This is it. We let them know that no one is going to save you. We're one deep. You better get it right or you are going to embarrass yourself."

The fact that the Bruins have very few other linemen with any experience is clearly a factor because replacing the current linemen with inexperienced players would be akin to starting over.

Greg Capella, one of the few reserves who has experience, has missed the last three games because of a concussion. Alberto Cid and Brett Downey also have experience, but the coaching staff said it's too early to disrupt the developing chemistry.

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UCLA's hot start fueled by fresh faces

September, 11, 2012
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Steven ManfroGary A. Vasquez/US PresswireUCLA's Steven Manfro scores on a 49-yard touchdown pass against Nebraska last week.

LOS ANGELES -- The UCLA Bruins are one of the early surprises of the college football season, having risen into the top 25 for the first time since 2008 after a 2-0 start.

What's even more surprising is that the Bruins have done so with five freshmen starting on offense and had another start on defense Saturday during a 36-30 upset victory over Nebraska.

That's right, almost half of the starting offense that is No. 3 in the nation in total offense had not played a college football game before this season. That group includes quarterback Brett Hundley, who has passed for 507 yards and six touchdowns.

Senior running back Johnathan Franklin is getting a lot of attention for his nation-leading 431 yards rushing, and deservedly so, but Franklin is the first to say that an offensive line consisting of freshman Simon Goines and redshirt freshmen Torian White and Jake Brendel deserves an equal amount of the credit.

Slot back Steven Manfro, another redshirt freshman who starts, caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Hundley on Saturday against Nebraska. Randall Goforth, a true freshman, started at safety against Nebraska and ended up leading the team in tackles.

And those starters don't include receiver Devin Lucien, who has made highlight-worthy catches in each of the first two games and leads the team with 115 yards receiving.

"They responded well," coach Jim Mora said. "They are mature beyond their age. When you get in an environment like [Saturday] where it is intense and you are playing a great opponent and you’re in front of a big crowd and the lights come on, you can get overwhelmed and I didn’t see that from our guys so I was really proud of them."

The offensive line was considered a question mark for the team during training camp and it wasn't until the week before the first game that the coaches settled on a starting five that included three freshmen. Brendel displayed the smarts and toughness to man the center spot while Goines (6-7, 324) and White (6-5, 285) displayed the size and athleticism that led the coaches to take the chance on starting them over more experienced players.

So far, all they have done is impress by helping open holes for Franklin and giving Hundley enough time to complete 42 of 61 (68.9 percent) passes.

"The skill guys can come in and play as freshmen no problem, but it's those big guys you worry about," offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. "We saw the potential, but they hadn't performed. That was the great unknown, but so far they have shown that they can handle it."

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Upon further review: Rice rewind

August, 31, 2012
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The three missed extra-point attempts in the UCLA Bruins' season opening 49-24 victory over Rice were a product of poor technique on the front line, coach Jim Mora said Friday after reviewing the film, and he plans on correcting those mistakes this week in practice.

"We recognized some technique errors that we’ll get fixed this week," Mora said. "It was primarily up front. It’s little things, correctable things, but things that need to get corrected now. Pad level, foot placement. Really minor things that can turn into huge, huge issues if you don’t get them corrected."

Rice's Cameron Nwosu set an NCAA record with three blocks on extra-point tries as the Rice front line created a surge and Nwosu plunged through the middle each time. He blocked UCLA's first two attempts during a two-minute span of the first quarter and then got another near the end of the first half.

UCLA went for two on its two second-half touchdowns and Mora said he made sure to talk with kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, a true freshman making his college football debut against Rice, about the reason he was going for two. It was because Rice nearly returned one of the blocks for a two-point score.

"I didn’t want him to think it was a product of him in his first year as a kicker," Mora said. "He’s going to be an outstanding player. He’s a really great kid. But I didn’t want to give them a chance to put points on the board on a play where we’re supposed to be putting points on the board."

Fairbairn wasn't too fazed by the blocks, Mora said. In between the first two blocks and the third, Fairbairn made two extra points and a 27-yard field goal, so his confidence was fine, Mora said.

"There were a couple that he could have gotten up quicker, but that wasn’t the primary reason that we got those kicks blocked," Mora said. "I think he’s OK, he’s a tough young man, he’s pretty resilient. During the game he was OK. I think it was good for him the he got to get out there and make a field goal, make a couple of extra points. He responded well on sideline. He was upbeat."

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O-line questions linger with season looming

August, 21, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- The clock is ticking on training camp for UCLA, which held it's final open practice of the fall Tuesday night at Spaulding Field and will go into game-planning mode for Rice on Wednesday.

That means the clock is also ticking on figuring out a starting five on the offensive line -- the biggest remaining unsettled concern the Bruins have before the Aug. 30 season opener.

Projected starters Jeff Baca and Greg Capella have been out for about two weeks because of concussions as has Alberto Cid, a part-time starter last season who was competing to start this year.

Those injuries have forced other players to step in and have forced the coaches to juggle players around, including putting tackles at guard and guards at tackle in an attempt to find a cohesive and effective group. So even with the opening game only eight days away, the Bruins are still far from figuring out who the starting five will be up front.

"Not close yet," coach Jim Mora said. "We’re still mixing and matching. We moved some guys around a little bit and trying to find the best combination. Pretty soon here, which to me here is tomorrow or Thursday a week before our first game, we need to settle in and get that group playing and playing well."

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Mora pushes reset button on UCLA practice

August, 15, 2012
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SAN BERNARDINO--Jim Mora employed the old if-at-first-you-don't-succeed method when UCLA's practice didn't get off to a particularly sharp start Wednesday morning at Cal State San Bernardino.

About 20 minutes in to the session, Mora pushed control-alt-delete and had the players start over from the pre-practice warm up. He said it was a bit of a fun hangover after a team bowling trip the night before and implored the team to learn how to re-focus after a fun experience.

"Sometimes they just need a little push to get going," Mora said. "What I think they are starting to understand is that every time you step on the field, regardless of the circumstances, you have to focus in. I thought they responded well."

Safety Dalton Hilliard also noticed a lack of focus during the early portion of practice with some guys standing on the sideline holding various conversations and not paying attention to what was going on in practice. He fully supported Mora's decision to restart.

"We needed it," Hilliard said. "Whenever we have success and come off of a big win or having fun, we have to be able to flip the switch and put work in."

Hilliard, a senior, said he later regretted not taking action himself and had a meeting with some other seniors about making sure they take the initiative in those situations.

"That’s not something [Mora] should have to do," Hilliard said. As seniors, we have to take it upon ourselves to be like ‘hey guys, let’s focus up.’ As seniors we have to take that a little more seriously especially these next two days with guys focusing on getting back to Westwood. We can’t have our guys lose focus and we have to really make sure the guys finish strong."

O-Line adjusting: The offensive line, down more than a handful of players because of injuries and heat-realted issues, is starting to get some players trickling back into action.

Alexandru Cheachir returned Wednesday morning after sitting out several days with heat issues while Simon Goines, Michael Padovese and Will Oliver were all in attendance. They did not dress, but getting outside is a strong indication that they are close to a return from their heat issues.

The falloff of lineman that ran rampant early in camp seems to have halted, thanks in large part to an adjustment of how they are practicing. Early on, the linemen spent the entire time in the sun, even doing conditioning drills in between periods.

Now, the linemen get frequent breaks in the shade and rest even while the skill players run pass patterns.

"When you’re down numbers and you go at the tempo that we go at, you have to be careful with those guys, Mora said. "They’re the biggest guys, it takes them the longest to cool off so we modified how we practice them strictly because of numbers."

Center Jake Brendel, one of the few linemen who has not had heat problems during camp, said the extra rest has made a big difference.

"It’s really helped," Brendel said. "We’re getting back to full rest, getting back to as rested as we can be to get to the next team period. Lowering the heart rate down and regrouping because this offense can be really intense."

Injury updates: Offensive lineman Torian White will have a procedure later this month to correct a heart rhythm problem. He is cleared to practice until then and is not expected to miss time after the minor procedure...Receiver Devin Lucien sat out of practice for the second consecutive day with a concussion. There is no timetable for his return...running back Damien Thigpen, who has a history of hamstring issues, did light work on the side after feeling tightness in his lower body, Mora said.

 

Bruins follow Brett Hundley into the dark

August, 11, 2012
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Brett HundleyPeter Yoon/ESPNLosAngeles.comOn his first day of practice after being named the starting quarterback, Brett Hundley led the Bruins during a spirited session.

SAN BERNARDINO -- UCLA shed some light on who its starting quarterback will be, but the Bruins were literally in the dark at the end of practice Saturday night.

Coach Jim Mora moved the practice start time back a half hour to 6 p.m. and there was very little daylight left by the time newly-named starting quarterback Brett Hundley was finishing up his first day as the official starter two hours later. The facility they are using at Cal State San Bernardino has no lights so the team ran two-minute drills in conditions that made it very difficult to see.

"That was a lot of fun," Mora said. "I think the guys enjoyed it. I think it took some guys back to when they were younger and playing on the streets and you went until your mom called you in, it didn’t matter how dark it was."

The session had an energy level that had been missing the last few days as UCLA has fought through temperatures of 105 and higher. It was 96 at the start of practice Saturday night and was in the low 90s by the time the session was over. Plus, nearby storms left a cloud layer that blocked the sun and kept things even cooler.

"I think the combination of having yesterday off and it was cooler and they are young, they’re kids," Mora said of the increased energy level. "They like to play ball. They like to go out in the yard and play ball and tonight probably took them back to when they were younger. It was a good energy."

Because of expected high temperatures again Sunday, Mora moved practice to 4 p.m., rather than taking the field at the previously scheduled 11:45. The cooler temperatures Saturday night had a major impact as no players left because of heat-related symptoms for the first time in six practices.

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O-line searching for answers and bodies

August, 8, 2012
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SAN BERNARDIO -- The Bruins’ offensive line had questions coming in to camp and Thursday the biggest question was: Where’s the beef?

The Bruins were down to nine offensive linemen by the end of practice Thursday, when Alberto Cid left because of a head injury and Greg Capella tweaked his calf. They joined Jeff Baca (heat), Simon Goines (heat), Brett Downey (heat), Chris Ward (back) Tre Hale (heat), Colby Cyburt (back) and Torian White (chest pains) on the sideline, giving the Bruins as many injured linemen as healthy at the end of Wednesday's session.

The players out because of heat symptoms should return in the next day or two and so, too, should Cyburt, but this group still has to fill some holes before it starts making them.

Xavier Su’a-Filo is guaranteed to be starting at left tackle and Baca will be starting somewhere, but the other three slots are open. Jake Brendel seems to have taken a stronghold on the center spot and Capella is the early favorite for left guard, but the coaches are still searching high and low for a right tackle.

“It’s wide open,” offensive line coach Adrian Klemm said. “You can come right in off the street right now and start at right tackle.”

White, Goines and Downey were getting the right tackle reps before they were injured and Ben Wysocki is there now with Will Oliver backing him up. If none of them can win the job, Baca will likely move from right guard to right tackle, where he played last season.

Klemm says he prefers to have Baca at guard because that’s where Baca will play should he get drafted by an NFL team, but Baca is open to playing tackle if another player is better suited for right guard.

“I don’t have a preference,” Baca said. “I just like being out there and I’ll play any position. I just like to have some time to practice that position.”

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DL Sam Tai out with torn ACL

August, 6, 2012
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SAN BERNARDINO -- UCLA defensive lineman Sam Tai tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice Sunday and will miss the remainder of the season, coach Jim Mora said Monday.

Tai, a redshirt freshman, was competing for playing time at defensive end.

"That's unfortunate," Mora said. " We were hoping that it was not going to be that."

Also, receiver Kenny Walker left practice after an asthma attack, reserve tight end Jordan Barrett missed practice with a bruised knee and offensive lineman Torian White also missed practice. White, expected to challenge for the starting right tackle spot, left practice Saturday with chest pains and was scheduled to see a doctor, but Mora said there was no further update.

UCLA preseason preview: Offensive Line

July, 27, 2012
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With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins, position-by-position.

We started with quarterbacks and now move to the guys expected to protect the quarterback: The offensive line.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

Left Tackle
Xavier Su'a-Filo (6-4, 295, So.)
Michael Padovese (6-5, 310, Fr.)

Left Guard
Wade Yandall (6-4, 315, So.)
Alexandru Ceachir (6-5, 305, So.)
Ben Wysocki (6-4, 295, Fr.)

Center
Greg Capella (6-4, 292, Jr.) OR
Jake Brendel (6-4, 295, Fr.)
Tre Hale (6-1, 308, So.)
Kody Innes (6-3, 291, So.)

Right Guard
Jeff Baca (6-3, 290, Sr.)
Alberto Cid (6-3, 310, Jr.)
Chris Ward (6-4, 305, Jr.)

Right Tackle
Torian White (6-5, 285, Fr.)
Will Oliver (6-7, 290, Fr.)
Brett Downey (6-6, 305, Sr.)

PROJECTED OPENING DAY DEPTH CHART:

Left Tackle
Xavier Su'a-Filo (6-4, 295, So.)
Simon Goines (6-7, 324, Fr.)
Michael Padovese (6-5, 310, Fr.)
Conor McDermott (6-8, 247, Fr.)

Left Guard
Alberto Cid (6-3, 310, Jr.)
Alexandru Ceachir (6-5, 305, So.)
Ben Wysocki (6-4, 295, Fr.)

Center
Jake Brendel (6-4, 295, Fr.)
Carl Hulick (6-2, 300, Fr.)
Tre Hale (6-1, 308, So.)
Kody Innes (6-3, 291, So.)

Right Guard
Greg Capella (6-4, 292, Jr.)
Chris Ward (6-4, 305, Jr.)
Colby Cyburt (6-4, 265, Fr.)

Right Tackle
Jeff Baca (6-3, 290, Sr.)
Torian White (6-5, 285, Fr.)
Brett Downey (6-6, 305, Sr.)
Will Oliver (6-7, 290, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES
Mike Harris, 14-game starter at tackle. Graduated
Kai Maiava, 13-game starter at center. Graduated
Sean Sheller, Started 13 games the last two years. Graduated
Wade Yandall, Projected starter at guard took a medical retirement (concussion).

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Practice report: Wednesday quick hits

September, 21, 2011
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UCLA had a high energy level for a practice Wednesday and the players set the tone by huddling together in the middle of the field as they would before a game and bouncing up and down singing a song.

The spirited practice also featured a few minor skirmishes as well as a fairly major shoving match between Cassius Marsh and Torian White that resulted in White throwing his helmet to the ground and having to be restrained by teammates.

"Another great practice where we got lots done coaching our tails off, playing hard, people angry, people fighting," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "It’s football and it warms your heart if you’re into that sort of thing and I’m looking forward to a spirited game on Saturday."

A few tidbits:
  • The quarterback reps again went mostly to Richard Brehaut, though Kevin Prince and Brett Hundley also got a fair share. Hundley seemed a little more involved with the run game, indicating that his package of plays will focus on that part of the offense when and if it is unveiled.
  • With Brehaut getting the starting nod at Oregon State, he's looking to become more of a leader, but Neuheisel says he wants Brehaut to take one step at a time. "I want him concentrating on doing the little things right in terms of the position," Neuheisel said. "As he does that, his confidence will soar, the team will look to him more and that leadership piece will fall to him naturally."
  • Kicker Kip Smith dressed but did not participate as he continues to nurse a hip flexor injury. Punter Jeff Locke is in the kicker's role for now. He made two of four field-goal attempts in early practice drills, missing badly for 30 and 35 yards but drilling a 40-yard attempt.
  • The two-minute drive at the end of practice stalled near midfield, a good sign for the defense because the offense has been scoring touchdowns on a regular basis. Locke attempted a 57-yard field goal but missed. Neuheisel lamented the inconsistency on offense this season. "We make lots of plays that have been on SportsCenter and things like that, we just don’t make them as consistently as the good teams do and that’s what we have to do," he said.
  • Malcolm Jones, who has only one rushing attempt through the first three games, also was more involved in the offense and Neuheisel said he expected to have Jones more involved on game days going forward. "Given the situations thus far in games he has not gotten as many carries as we would have liked him to have received, but we still have nothing but high regard for Malcolm and his talent and think he can be a huge addition to this team not only this year but in the future," Neuheisel said. "We’re early in the season and there are lots of chances and Malcolm will turn into a very valuable guy here very shortly."
  • Safety Tony Dye sat out once again as he recovers from "stingers" but all signs are that he will play Saturday at Oregon State.
  • Cornerback Jamie Graham dressed in shoulder pads and cleats and did some running on the side for the first time since August surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but he said Tuesday that he's two weeks from returning to game action.
  • Freshman defensive lineman Kevin McReynolds has a concussion and did not suit up for practice as he begins the concussion protocol.
  • Cornerback Andrew Abbott is still out because of a concussion and says he is definitely out for Saturday and is unsure if he'll even make the trip to Oregon State.

Depth chart review: Offensive Line

August, 5, 2011
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With UCLA preparing to open fall camp on August 8, we will break down the depth charts at each position in order to look at how the Bruins stack up heading into this season. We've previously looked at quarterbacks and defensive line. Now we move to the offensive line.

Current depth chart:

TACKLE

Sean Sheller (Sr., 6-5, 304)

Connor Bradford (Jr., 6-6, 275)

GUARD

Jeff Baca (Jr., 6-4, 305)

Casey Griffiths (So., 6-4, 284)

CENTER

Kai Maiava (Sr., 6-1, 318)

Greg Capella (So., 6-3, 292)

Kody Innes (Fr., 6-4, 291)

GUARD

Chris Ward (So., 6-4, 330)

Wade Yandall (Fr., 6-4, 328)

TACKLE

Mike Harris (Sr., 6-5, 326)

Brett Downey (Jr., 6-7, 290)

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