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  06/08/20 - Quentin LakeSr/2021, UCLA, 6-0, 193 (DS#16 SS) + More +

  After playing the first three games of last season before suffering an injury only to return in UCLA's season finale against Cal, senior Quentin Lake, son of former UCLA All-American Carnell Lake, is a highly anticipated top returner in the secondary. In 2018, as a sophomore and the Bruins' starter at strong safety, Lake finished third on the team with 67 total tackles. - Orange County Register

(DS#16 SS) Sr/2021 SS Quentin LakeUCLA
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  06/03/20 - Demetric FeltonrSr/2021, UCLA, 5-09, 185 (DS#45 WR) + More +

  For the past two seasons, UCLA's leading choice at running back was a walk-on transfer. After putting up back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Joshua Kelley was selected in the fourth round by the Chargers in April's NFL draft. While it will be near impossible to replace the positivity and leadership Kelley brought to the program, the Bruins will need a new option on the field. Led by receiver-turned-running back Demetric Felton, UCLA will be looking for versatility. Felton will most likely carry the majority of the load this season.

As UCLA's second option last year behind Kelley, Felton set a program record with 55 receptions as a running back in his first season in the role. He also set a school record with four scoring plays of 75 yards or more while scoring three different ways for the Bruins. Without Kelley's speed, UCLA will be relying on the redshirt senior's versatility to create different scoring schemes. - Orange County Register


(DS#45 WR) rSr/2021 WR Demetric FeltonUCLA
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  When it comes to UCLA quarterbacks, Dorian Thompson-Robinson has run the Bruins' show the past two seasons and will more than likely do it again in 2020. In what could be a make-or-break year for the Bruins' coaching staff, Thompson-Robinson is expected to have a breakout season, but that's only if he makes strides in becoming more consistent. UCLA will also need to rely on growing its depth in the quarterback group following the transfer of their go-to backup during spring practice.

When Thompson-Robinson is good, he's great. Examples from last season include UCLA's historic comeback win over Washington State featuring his school-record 564 total yards of offense, as well as his 431 total yards against USC - second-most ever by a Bruin against the Trojans. The Bruins have won seven games the past two seasons, five of which Thompson-Robinson started. He finished 2019 with 2,899 total yards and 21 touchdown passes. However, with 12 interceptions and only four running touchdowns, the junior is still missing pieces in his decision-making that limit him in becoming the full package. Heading into 2020, UCLA is going to need the junior to hone in on consistency and leadership. - Orange County Register


(DS#18 QB) Jr/2022 QB Dorian Thompson-RobinsonUCLA
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  05/27/20 - Elijah WadeJr/2022, UCLA, 6-5, 272 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  The NCAA and its conferences have left it to each school to decide when it is safe for athletes to return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. And that has Elijah Wade worried. Wade, a defensive end out of Las Vegas who signed with UCLA as part of Chip Kelly's first recruiting haul in 2018, left the program this spring. He told The Times he medically retired from football because of an in-season injury that he felt was mishandled by UCLA staff, leading to physical and emotional trauma.

When former teammates told Wade that they had practiced four times and were dressed in full pads on March 12 for a fifth before that practice was canceled, "I began to panic," Wade said. "I'm hearing about this pandemic ravaging different states and becoming an issue around the world and...I feared for their safety." By then, Wade was already doing something about it. His football career had ended midway through his sophomore year, but he now had a bigger mission for his time in Westwood. He decided to run for a seat on the Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC), gathering more than 100 signatures to get on the ballot, then navigating a virtual election process to be elected as a general representative. - Los Angeles Times


(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Elijah WadeUCLA
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  04/20/20 - Joshua KelleyrSr/2020, UCLA, 5-11, 212 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Joshua Kelley received just one offer to play collegiate football coming out of Eastside High in Lancaster. After two seasons for UC Davis, he transferred as a walk-on to UCLA in 2017. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he sat out that first year in Westwood, but immediately made an impact on the team as part of its scouting corps. His positive influence, on not only the players but the program as a whole, earned him a scholarship before the start of the 2018 season. Kelley had yet to play a game as a Bruin, but his hard work had spoken for itself. It wasn't long into the season before he'd proved his worth. With six 100-yard rushing games, and 1,243 total yards, Kelley ran for the 10th-most yards in a single-season in school history. His 289-yard performance against USC was the most in the rivalry by a running back from either team.

His 113.0 yards per game average ranked him No. 4 in the Pac-12 and No. 8 in the NCAA. And even more telling, his team awarded him MVP honors for his first season in at UCLA. "Most people, when they first meet him, they're like, 'Is this guy for real?' And he is," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said. "He's like that every single day. He's just got a great attitude and you're excited to be around him." Kelley returned to UCLA for a final year in 2019 and continued to set record after record in becoming the Bruins' star running back. Not only did he become the eighth running back in UCLA history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, but he also received the team's MVP honors for the second consecutive year. He ended his Bruin career ranked 14th on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,303 yards. - Orange County Register


(DS#11 RB) rSr/2020 RB Joshua KelleyUCLA
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  04/09/20 - Joshua KelleyrSr/2020, UCLA, 5-11, 212 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Joshua Kelley ran for more than 100 yards at the Senior Bowl. Darnay Holmes ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds at the NFL combine. Devin Asiasi bench-pressed 225 pounds 16 times at the combine. For a slew of less-heralded UCLA players hoping to be selected in the NFL draft this month, their fates will largely be a tale of the tape. Their college tape. The cancellation of the Bruins' annual pro day amid the novel coronavirus outbreak has left NFL scouts with little to go on when assessing potential besides what players had already shown in college. "A lot of the decisions on players that didn't go to the combine will be based solely on the film that they put on and we had scouts from every single team in the NFL at practice at the fall," UCLA coach Chip Kelly said on a teleconference Thursday, "so their write-ups on practice and what-not I think is what the NFL teams will rely on for those guys."

Kelley, Holmes, Asiasi and kicker J.J. Molson all displayed their skills and had their measurements taken at the combine, allowing teams to gauge their potential in person and conduct medical evaluations that can alleviate any concerns about lingering injuries or health issues. But UCLA teammates Boss Tagaloa, Krys Barnes and Josh Woods head into the draft as bigger unknowns in NFL circles because they did not receive combine invitations or participate in a pro day. "I think it hurts those guys a little bit," Kelly said. "It happened to everybody. Unfortunately, this pandemic hit and there's nothing you can do about it." - Los Angeles Times


(DS#11 RB) rSr/2020 RB Joshua KelleyUCLA
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  02/28/20 - Joshua KelleyrSr/2020, UCLA, 5-11, 212 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA,...Saw action in 11 games, all starts...Became the eighth running back in UCLA history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons...His total of 1,060 yards rushing ranks 20th on the UCLA single-season list...Had four 100-yard games on the season (127-Arizona, 176-Stanford, 164-Arizona State, 126-Colorado)...The Bruins put together a streak of five straight 200-yard rushing games for the first time since 1978... Presented the Henry R. Red Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player at the team banquet. - UCLA Football

(DS#11 RB) rSr/2020 RB Joshua KelleyUCLA
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  02/28/20 - Darnay HolmesJr/2020, UCLA, 5-10, 195 (DS#14 CB) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA,...Starter in each of the 10 games he played in...Sat out the first two games due to injury...Led the team with two interceptions...Credited with six pass defenses...Had multiple tackles in six games, with a season-high of 10 tackles at USC...Tied for 12th in the Pac-12 in pass defenses (0.73)...Honorable mention all-conference selection by the league coaches. - UCLA Football

(DS#14 CB) Jr/2020 CB Darnay HolmesUCLA
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  02/27/20 - *Devin AsiasirJr/2020, UCLA, 6-3, 257 (DS#5 TE) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA,...Starter in all 12 games...Recorded career-highs across the board - catches (44), receiving yards (641)...Had his first career 100-yard game with five catches for 141 yards at USC, including a 53-yard scoring grab...Totaled 13 catches on the season which went for at least a 20-yard gain...Had multiple receptions in 11 of the 12 games...Honorable mention all-conference selection by the league coaches. - UCLA Football

(DS#5 TE) rJr/2020 TE *Devin AsiasiUCLA
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  02/27/20 - JJ MolsonSr/2020, UCLA, 5-11, 182 (DS#6 K) + More +

  2020 NFL COMBINE INVITE: JJ Molson, K, UCLA,...Recorded touchbacks on 53 of his 61 kickoffs (87%)...Connected on eight of 14 field goal attempts...Nailed a season-long 49-yard field goal attempt, to go with a 43-yard make, at Stanford...His total of 51 career field goals ranks tied for sixth on the all-time school list...His total of 304 career points is sixth on that list...Made 90 straight extra point attempts to conclude his career as a Bruin. - UCLA Football

(DS#6 K) Sr/2020 K JJ MolsonUCLA
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  12/12/19 - Joshua KelleyrSr/2020, UCLA, 5-11, 212 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  2019 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Joshua Kelley, Sr., UCLA,...Kelley, who made the conference's honorable mention list after a breakout 2018, became just the eighth UCLA running back to rush for 1,000 yards or more in back-to-back seasons. Kelley, who did not play in the Bruins' season opener, finished with 1,060 yards on the ground. His 229 carries, 12 rushing touchdowns and 96.4 rushing yards per game average are all good for second in the Pac-12. Kelley's average jumped to 106.2 in conference games. The Lancaster, Calif. native's standout performances came in UCLA's home upset defeat of No. 24 Arizona State (Oct. 24). Kelley toted the ball 34 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns-all season highs-in the 42-32 triumph. He is the only Pac-12 player to tally four rushing touchdowns in a game this season. - UCLA Football

(DS#11 RB) rSr/2020 RB Joshua KelleyUCLA
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  12/12/19 - *Devin AsiasirJr/2020, UCLA, 6-3, 257 (DS#5 TE) + More +

  2019 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE Devin Asiasi, Jr.,...Also in his second season of on-field action as a Bruin, Asiasi totaled 44 catches for 641 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games played. His 14.6 yards per reception were tops among Bruins with five or more catches. Asiasi averaged six receptions for 104 yards over the final three games, including a five-catch, 141-yard performance at crosstown rival USC (Nov. 23) that also saw him nab a 53-yard touchdown. In games that Asiasi scored a touchdown, UCLA went 3-1. - UCLA Football

(DS#5 TE) rJr/2020 TE *Devin AsiasiUCLA
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  12/12/19 - Wade LeesSr/2020, UCLA, 6-0, 193 (DS#24 P) + More +

  2019 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): P Wade Lees, Grad.,...In his first and only season as a Bruin, Lees tallied 49 punts for 2,100 yards. The 42.9-yard average sits at sixth in the Pac-12. Eighteen of the Melbourne, VIC, Australia native's kicks were placed inside the 20-yard line, while five went for 50 yards or more. Lees set a new career high with a 72-yard punt in the season opener at Cincinnati (Aug. 29). He also posted a 59-yarder at Washington State. - UCLA Football

(DS#24 P) Sr/2020 P Wade LeesUCLA
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  12/12/19 - Darnay HolmesJr/2020, UCLA, 5-10, 195 (DS#14 CB) + More +

  2019 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB Darnay Holmes, Jr.,...Holmes finished the year with 34 tackles, including a career-best 10 at USC. He led the Bruins with a pair of interceptions, picking off passes at Washington State and versus California (Nov. 30). Holmes defended a pair of passes in games versus Cal and at Stanford (Oct. 17), fronting a defensive attack that held the Cardinal to 198 yards of total offense in a 34-16 UCLA win. - UCLA Football

(DS#14 CB) Jr/2020 CB Darnay HolmesUCLA
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  12/12/19 - Krys BarnesSr/2020, UCLA, 6-2, 229 (DS#27 ILB) + More +

  2019 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Krys Barnes, Sr.,...An all-around force for the Bruin defense, Barnes racked up 74 tackles. Ten of those stops went for a loss to tie for the team lead. He also set a new career high with four sacks and added a team-high eight passes defended in 11 games played and recorded 10 or more tackles in three of those contests. In the Bruins' 31-14 home win versus Colorado (Nov. 2), Barnes posted seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception. He also forced a fourth-quarter fumble to set up the game-winning touchdown in UCLA's 67-63 comeback win at Washington State (Sept. 21). - UCLA Football

(DS#27 ILB) Sr/2020 ILB Krys BarnesUCLA
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