UCLA football ‘cautiously optimistic’ after spring game – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — A splash of Gatorade brought UCLA’s spring practice to a close on Saturday at Drake Stadium.

After the White Team, led by an interception from Adarius Pickett and two touchdown runs from running back Bolu Olorunfunmi, earned 17-10 victory over the Blue Team, the winning squad doused UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, its honorary head coach, with Gatorade. Players signed autographs as fans flooded the field. White Team linebacker Kenny Young explained his plan to cash in on a bet made with Blue Team cornerback Nate Meadors for a dinner at Roscoe’s.

The weekend belongs to the White Team, but by Monday morning, it’s back to work: 5:30 a.m. sharp.

With UCLA’s spring campaign officially closed, the next months before summer training camp will be spent in the weight room and on the practice field, but without supervision from coaches. They’re possibly the most important months the Bruins have all offseason.

“This is the summer of improvement,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said. “You’ve got to just absolutely find a way to get better at your craft and that’s on their own.”

Saturday’s game meant little in the grand scheme of UCLA’s spring progression, head coach Jim Mora said. The play-calling on both offense and defense was bare bones, lest there be prying eyes from opposing teams tuning into the Pac-12 Networks broadcast. Blue Team quarterback Josh Rosen led an impressive two-minute drive at the end of the first half capped off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Darren Andrews, but Olorunfunmi’s 46-yard touchdown run on third-and-1 with 1:37 left in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the White Team.

Olorunfunmi finished with 88 rushing yards on 14 carries and also scored the game’s first touchdown, on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.

The offense showed promise under Fisch during spring as he’s quickly earned the trust of his players, led by Rosen. Fisch said previously that May, June and July will be…

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