16 Apr 2022 | 15:48
LOS ANGELES – Chip Kelly’s message to anyone trying to draw conclusions about the depth chart or UCLA team rotation in the first few weeks of the spring game is simple: Don’t.
Asked on Monday about a particularly interesting defensive group last week that included Gabriel Murphy, Grayson Murphy and Carl Jones, Kelly said the goal of spring training is simply to maximize time. everyone on the field.
Kelly said: “I wouldn’t read anything in practice four of the spring ball that this is a spin. “They’re just trying to get everyone represented, as much as possible.”
Kelly, entering her fifth season with UCLA, emphasizes that there’s no such thing as a “one, two, or three” depth chart during the spring.
“As we start to get closer to the games – when you get to the fall and you get to the season – then you really start to look at spins and repeats,” Kelly said. “But for now, we’re just trying to get as much rep for our boys as possible, so we have the set to train.”
Kelly and his coaching staff will ultimately have to make a decision as to who moves into different vacant starting roles on both offense and defense due to a transfer or the departure of the NFL Draft. But for now, he hasn’t held any meetings about what the rotation for next season will look like. The goal for each workout is to make sure the group goes through about 120 repetitions or so per session.
Several recipients suffered minor injuries that kept them out of practice Saturday, and their scores were filled with tangled cords.
“Now those guys are back, so it’s not a big deal,” Kelly said. “I’m not going to read anything about those spins.”
For Kelly, spring football is not about setting up a playbook specifically for the game but about communicating the fundamentals.
“The fundamentals are the foundation of the game,” Kelly said during the first week of practice. “You have to be able to block, you have to be able to handle, you have to be able to catch the ball, you have to be able to hold it when running backwards. It’s about execution, but it’s still related to fundamental aspects of the game. “
Instead of looking too far ahead, UCLA is focused on just starting the season long with a solid footing.
“Basically just like a platform,” said defense Martin Andrus Jr. speak. “We’re just laying the groundwork right now.”
Bill McGovern, UCLA’s new defensive coordinator, spoke to the media for the first time after Monday’s practice session – surpassing the number of interviews his predecessor, Jerry Azzinaro, was given to was launched in four seasons of work.
McGovern doesn’t have much to say about his initial impressions of the defense or any changes he plans to make to the system, as he is just getting a grip on his new players.
“We’re still evaluating,” McGovern said. “We were halfway through, so we started to like the boys as we ran them through the drills. But I love their energy. I like the way they work. There’s always room for improvement, but I’m excited. ”