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Practice in Westwood takes on an NFL look Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will try to revive a UCLA offense that struggled to a 4-8 record last season.Brittany Murray - Staff PhotographerLOS ANGELES Jedd Fisch crouched under center during practice Monday at UCLA s Intramural Fields. With enthusiasm, the offensive coordinator who has never played football barked out a play call, sharply extending his arms to a precise position.A few steps away, quarterback Devon Modster looked on as his coach showed how things should be done.After coaching 11 years in the NFL, Fisch may not be bringing a pro-style offense to the Bruins, but he s bringing professional standards. We want to train our quarterbacks to be NFL quarterbacks, Fisch said. That is the mentality. So, to do that, we are going to hold them to a standard of what an NFL practice sounds like, so you can t not be able to call a play as fluently or you can t break a huddle in four parts. You have to break the huddle and attack the line of scrimmage like you mean it, with a sense of urgency. Last week, Fisch got on quarterback Josh Rosen for not breaking a huddle with enough conviction. He made the unit go back and do it over. No detail is too small for the first-year offensive coordinator https://www.shopfornyrangers.com/17-dan-boyle-jersey. He s kind of always on me Dan Boyle Jersey, but I think it s better for me, Modster said, He s harder on me so then I need to do what I need to do to perform. Fisch started his coaching career with the Houston Texans in 2001 as a defensive quality control assistant, and worked his way up to an offensive coordinator position by 2013, when he took the Jacksonville Jaguars job for two seasons. His professional experience doesn t only show in the way he runs practice, but it s evident in UCLA s thick playbook. The system is riddled with plays he used in the NFL, down to the same terminology. He inspires players with NFL game tape by breaking down the plays, then putting them on the college field. It just excites you to see you doing the same kind of stuff the NFL people are doing because that s eventually where everyone s trying to get to, tight end Caleb Wilson said. He ll break it down and you see how it correlates, and (how if) we just follow what we re supposed to do and do what we re supposed to do, how we can be successful. Defensive line depthNever mind that UCLA is losing 75 percent of its starting defensive line. Angus McClure isn t worried Dan Girardi Jersey.The UCLA defensive line coach called his current crop the deepest defensive line group he s had in his 11 years in Westwood https://www.shopfornyrangers.com/65-ryan-mcdonagh-jersey. The group is strong through three whole units, starting with its No. 1 string comprised of Keisean Lucier-South, Matt Dickerson, Boss Tagaloa and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. Early enrollee Jaelan Phillips is also rolling through with the first group at defensive end, splitting reps with Lucier-South, while Rick Wade has consistently made plays in practice too Sergei Nemchinov Jersey.Head coach Jim Mora called the defensive line UCLA s best unit. The group has strong senior leadership in Dickerson and Tuioti-Mariner and an emerging freshman talent in Phillips. Three more freshmen, including four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers, will join the show this fall. I think we have done a great job in developing our players here, McClure said. I m just waiting for the next Bruin to step up and take that role and I think that will happen. Several players McClure already developed are preparing for next week s NFL Draft, including potential first-round pick Takkarist McKinley. McClure and Mora will both be with the defensive end when his name is called in Philadelphia at the draft, which starts April 27. Thuc Nhi covers UCLA football for the Los Angeles News Group. She is a member of the Sports Journalism Institute's Class of 2014. Follow @thucnhi21 on twitter. Reach the author at thnguyen@scng.com or follow Thuc Nhi on Twitter: @thucnhi21.
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