Coach Mora said jokingly to reporters “I’m going to give you my first and last in-season injury report. You ready? Everybody is fine; everybody is good,” Mora said to reporters after Monday’s practice.
Seven Bruins’ are questionable for the season opener on August 31st .: guard John Lopez and fullback Luke Gane (with concussion symptoms), cornerback Johnny Johnson (shoulder surgery), linebacker Aaron Porter and defensive end Ian Taubler (concussions), defensive end Zach Vinci (hamstring) and defensive back Michael Carlson (knee surgery).
The UCLA Bruins will open the season against Nevada. All-American linebacker Anthony Barr, and left tackle Simon Goines are anticipated to play Saturday against Nevada at the Rose Bowl. This is a game that coach Jim Mora isn’t taking lightly; he knows Nevada’s quarterback will cause some problems for the Bruins defense.
While trying to determine who is better, one may compare both teams’ games against Cal last season. Nevada gave Cal a tough time shocking the Bears with a 31-24 win , but the Bruins faced a huge disappointment with a 43-17 lost to Cal on Oct. 6.
Brett Hundley, a redshirted sophomore, as the starting quarterback, feels UCLA is a focused team that has confidence about being a stronger, faster, and more a talented team.
Coach Mora said, “I think the important thing with that first game is that you anticipate that there’s going to be some unscouted looks or things you can’t prepare for. That’s OK because it really boils down to fundamentals and technique and effort and doing your job.”