Former UCLA linebacker Josh Woods and Orange County Register reporter James H. Williams talk about the latest transfer portal buzz. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson) and linebacker Justin Flowe (Oregon) are among the notable names in the portal and both have ties to Upland. Woods shares what he knows about both players.
The guys also talk about the latest players to exit Westwood for the portal and which players have already committed to the Bruins from the portal.
Woods also shares some of his experience from the last time UCLA played in a bowl game.
UCLA had eight players named to all-Pac-12 Conference teams this week. Running back Zach Charbonnet and defender Laiatu Latu were named to the first team.
Charbonnet rushed for 1,359 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Bruins this season. Latu had 33 total tackles, including 11 for a loss of 75 yards, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Linebacker Darius Muasau and left guard Atonio Mafi were named to the second team. Muasau had 77 total tackles and two interceptions. Mafi started all 12 games on UCLA’s offensive line, which was named as a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award.
Right guard Jon Gaines II was named as an honorable mention, after starting all 12 games.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, receiver Jake Bobo and defensive back Stephan Blaylock were also named as honorable mentions.
Thompson-Robinson set several program records, including total offense (12, 236), completions (844), total touchdowns (113) and touchdown passes (86). He’s also second in passing yards (10,424).
Bobo had 54 receptions for 789 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games played. Blaylock had 54 total tackles, two sacks and an interception.
Headed to Vegas
Thompson-Robinson and Mafi have accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas. The game will be played on February 2, 2023.
The game will serve as a full-circle moment for Thompson-Robinson, who played football at Bishop Gorman.
Not long after head coach Chip Kelly was hired, the quarterback arrived at UCLA as the Bruins’ highest-rated (four-star) prospect in the 2018 class. Mafi was also a member of that class as a 3-star from Serra High in San Mateo.
In The Portal
- Kicker Nick Barr-Mira
- Linebacker Erich Osteen (walk-on)
- LB Jeremiah Trojan
- LB Kobey Fitzgerald
- DL Hayden Harris
- Cal linebacker Oluwafemi Oladejo
- Penn edge rusher Jake Heimlicher
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