Highlights from Wednesday’s UCLA football practice
A brief look at UCLA’s training camp practice on Wednesday at Spaulding Field:
Redshirt freshman Michael Alves continued to work with the No. 1 offense at right guard. This is his second stint with the first-team offense during training camp after back tightness sidelined left guard Najee Toran briefly during the first week. Alves, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound San Diego native, is working next to Andre James, who was moved from right guard to right tackle to accommodate Alves’ promotion. The alignment is not final yet as the Bruins are continuing to search for their best offensive line combination.
“He understands the scheme, the techniques and the fundamentals that we’re teaching him, angles on his blocks and protection calls and footwork and all those things,” Coach Jim Mora said of Alves’ recent improvement. “Just like every position, the more repetition you get and you go back and watch it on film and you come back and do it again, if you’re a conscientious young man and it’s important to you, you’re going to get better.”
PLAY OF THE DAY
Josh Rosen started practice with a bang. The junior quarterback lofted a 45-yard bomb to receiver Theo Howard on the first play of the first team period after individual drills. Howard ran a crisp route and burned defensive back Denzel Fisher for the touchdown.
“I don’t think they think about it. They just come out here and work and I really appreciate that. We don’t talk about it. We don’t talk about anything other than trying to do better than we were the day before.” — Mora, on how the elimination of two-a-days has affected his team
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