UCLA opens football training camp with a lot of enthusiasm and hope after last season’s disappointing results – Los Angeles Times

The sun set over UCLA’s new football practice fields like an Impressionist painting Wednesday evening, arresting hues of red and blue melding with wispy clouds.

The end of the day marked the dawn of training camp and the start of what the Bruins hope is a rebirth of their winning ways under coach Jim Mora. The gloom of last season’s 4-8 record was gone as an air horn sounded to signal the start of practice, triggering exuberant yells from players as they milled about the two artificial turf fields.

It was the first of three consecutive practices slated to start at 7:15 p.m. to accommodate the class schedules of players enrolled in the summer session. A handful of fans peered over the ledge of an adjacent parking lot as players commenced the usual rites of a first practice in shorts and jersey tops without pads. Players’ family members observed from a patio on the second level of the recently opened Wasserman Football Center.

The offense manned one field and the defense the other. Defensive players completed a walk-through after lining up opposite black trash cans that doubled as offensive linemen. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley didn’t like what he saw during one drill early in the session. “Run it again! Run it again!” Bradley yelled. “Come on, let’s go!”