Friday, August 17

UCLA football’s consistent special teams look to improve before 2018 season

Rising junior JJ Molson made 17 of his 21 field goal attempts last season for UCLA football. The kicker finished third in the Pac-12 with an 81 percent conversion rate on field goals. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

Rising junior JJ Molson made 17 of his 21 field goal attempts last season for UCLA football. The kicker finished third in the Pac-12 with an 81 percent conversion rate on field goals. (Liz Ketcham/Assistant Photo editor)

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The Bruins experienced major roster turnover this offseason, but one unit remained intact – special teams. UCLA football’s special teams unit was arguably its most consistent group of players on the roster last season, and it has been focused on becoming even better in 2018.


UCLA gymnasts Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian said they decided to come forward about their abuse by Larry Nassar after seeing other women  speak out against him in January. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
UCLA gymnasts Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian said they decided to come forward about their abuse by Larry Nassar after seeing other women  speak out against him in January. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men's basketball announced its 13 out-of-conference regular season games Wednesday afternoon. Nine of the matchups will be at home, and the Bruins will take on five big-time NCAA Division I programs. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)
UCLA men's basketball announced its 13 out-of-conference regular season games Wednesday afternoon. Nine of the matchups will be at home, and the Bruins will take on five big-time NCAA Division I programs. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA women's soccer fell in the NCAA championship match last season and enters the 2018 season ranked second in the nation in preseason rankings. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)
UCLA women's soccer fell in the NCAA championship match last season and enters the 2018 season ranked second in the nation in preseason rankings. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

The NCAA introduced several new rules for men's basketball last week, allowing "elite" high school players to interact with approved agents and letting some undrafted players return to school. There was no update on punishments for the violations discovered in the FBI probe in February. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Un-Connon Opinions: NCAA rule overhaul cannot end corruption in men’s basketball

College basketball is about to get even more complicated. The NCAA announced several major rule changes last week regarding student-athletes pursuing NBA careers. Undrafted players who are invited to the NBA Combine will now be allowed to return to school, “elite” high school prospects are allowed to have official relationships with NCAA and USA Basketball-approved agents and the recruiting calendar is changing drastically. Read more...

The NCAA introduced several new rules for men's basketball last week, allowing "elite" high school players to interact with approved agents and letting some undrafted players return to school. There was no update on punishments for the violations discovered in the FBI probe in February. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made his NFL debut Saturday night in the Arizona Cardinals' preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. (Daily Bruin file photo)

The Rundown: Aug. 13

Football Angie Forburger, assistant Sports editor Josh Rosen made his NFL debut Saturday night. The former UCLA quarterback – drafted 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals – took the field in the Cardinals’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers with about two minutes left in the first quarter. Read more...

Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made his NFL debut Saturday night in the Arizona Cardinals' preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. (Daily Bruin file photo)

UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close served as an assistant coach for the USA Women’s U18 National Team and led the squad to a gold medal finish at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship held in Mexico City on Tuesday. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Coach Cori Close returns from 2018 FIBA Americas with victories, new lessons

USA Basketball preaches “gold habits” and “gold standards,” and it paid off in gold medals. UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close served as an assistant coach with the USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team and led it to an 84-60 first-place victory over Canada in the International Basketball Federation’s U18 Americas U18 Championship 2018 hosted in Mexico City on Tuesday. Read more...

UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close served as an assistant coach for the USA Women’s U18 National Team and led the squad to a gold medal finish at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship held in Mexico City on Tuesday. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)


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