UCLA broke coaching camp Friday with one fewer working again.
Redshirt freshman Jahmon McClendon has entered the switch portal and won’t return to the workforce, coach Chip Kelly mentioned.
McClendon didn’t play final season and his departure was not a lot of a shock, given how well-stocked the Bruins are at his place. Past graduate switch Brittain Brown and redshirt senior Demetric Felton Jr., who’re anticipated to get the majority of the carries this season, the workforce has junior Martell Irby, redshirt sophomore Kazmeir Allen and redshirt freshmen Keegan Jones and Christian Grubb along with redshirt junior Cole Kinder, a walk-on.
“We’re seven or eight deep there,” Kelly mentioned. “There’s a number of guys in that room proper now.”
The Bruins’ depth was not too long ago enhanced by Irby’s return to apply after being slowed early in camp by a knee harm.
Gamers who enter the switch portal can stick with their present workforce after assessing their choices, however Kelly mentioned McClendon was not practising with the Bruins and would full his faculty profession elsewhere. A San Diego native, McClendon had strongly thought-about San Diego State earlier than signing with UCLA.
Now he is change into the most recent Bruin to depart, becoming a member of greater than 80 different gamers who’ve left Kelly’s program with remaining eligibility since his arrival in November 2017.
“It’s form of soccer in 2020,” Kelly mentioned of McClendon leaving. “I want him the most effective of luck and hope he finds a spot.”
Kelly apologized for not disclosing the indefinite suspension of reserve defensive lineman Steven Mason, who was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of felony home abuse. Mason was in quarantine on the time of the alleged incident after coming into contact with somebody who examined optimistic for the coronavirus
“I used to be requested a query pointedly about COVID and he was the one child that was in quarantine and I simply mentioned he was in quarantine, in order that’s my fault,” Kelly mentioned. “I apologize and I used to be flawed.”
Kelly mentioned he couldn’t touch upon what elements may decide Mason’s future with the workforce. The Los Angeles Rely district legal professional’s workplace has declined to file fees, referring the case to the L.A. metropolis legal professional’s workplace for a casual decision listening to.
Meals for thought
Kelly declined to remark when requested if he was involved concerning the optics of his workforce spending $5.4 million a 12 months on meals — considerably greater than different groups which have loved far higher success — at a time when the Bruins’ athletic division was working an enormous deficit.
“I believe our college answered that query for you,” Kelly mentioned, referring to an announcement by which the varsity defined that the expenditure on meals was a part of an elevated funding in athletes “permitting them to achieve their full potential.”
A reporter pressed the problem, asking Kelly how he felt about it.
“I really feel like our college does,” the coach mentioned.
However you’re the top soccer coach, the reporter continued, in order that’s why you’re being requested about it.
“And I do know,” Kelly mentioned. “I really feel precisely like our college does. We’re in alignment.”
And so forth.
Whereas Luke Akers and Nicholas Barr-Mira proceed to battle for the kicking and punting jobs, each determine to be on the sphere every time the Bruins try a subject objective. Akers holds for Barr-Mira and Barr-Mira holds for Akers. “They’re two peas in a pod and are with one another 24/7,” Kelly mentioned. “Socially distanced, by the best way.” … Kelly mentioned redshirt senior huge receiver Ethan Fernea must sit out the season opener towards Colorado on Nov. 7 as a part of the NCAA’s situations for granting him a fifth 12 months of eligibility as a result of he had performed “one or two snaps” as a real freshman. Fernea will be capable of play in each different sport this season. … Defensive lineman Martin Andrus Jr. and outdoors linebacker Sitiveni Kaufusi didn’t apply due to accidents, Kelly mentioned. The coach mentioned the well being and security of his gamers was the No. 1 factor the workforce achieved in coaching camp after making it by three weeks with out anybody testing optimistic for the coronavirus
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Instances.