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UCLA defensive back Quentin Lake missed most of spring camp but is back healthy to start for summer.

Lake was dealing with a minor leg injury that kept him out of the spring showcase and the practices leading up to it.

“For me, it was like a business decision,” Lake said. “I didn’t want to go out there and hurt myself even more.”

The redshirt senior made the most of the opportunity by providing guidance and advice to some of the younger players on the roster.

Lake has missed time during previous UCLA seasons to deal with his health. He missed eight games in the 2019 season with a wrist injury, returning in time to play in the season finale against Cal. He worked his way back from the injury practicing with a huge wrap on his right hand, with the end balled into a club.

He was also among the players who missed games last season due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Lake will help lead an experienced secondary after taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to all players as a result of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

“It feels great to be back to how things felt two years ago,” Lake said. “Obviously there’s still some policies and regulations we have to follow, but it pretty much feels like things are back to normal.”

NEW LOOK BRUINS

UCLA Athletics officially began its six-year partnership with the Jordan Brand on July 1, with gear made available at the university’s store.

The partnership provides the football and basketball program with Jordan Brand gear and Nike clothing for all other sports.

Lake joined linebacker Mitchell Agude, defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight and quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson to unveil the new helmets and uniforms to teammates last week.

“When we did the jersey reveal, everyone was stoked to see the new uniforms and the minor adjustments that they made,” Lake said. “Just being a part of the Jordan Brand gives us more motivation to do better.

“We are excited about the gear, but at the end of the day, us as UCLA Bruins have to play football.”

“I remember when I first tried the Jordan gear and cleats on,” said Knight at Pac-12 Media Day on Tuesday. “I kept it on the whole day. I didn’t want to take it off.”

A smile grew on Thompson-Robinson’s face as he sat next to Knight, before interrupting to confirm Knight’s statement.

Knight also expressed other ways the Jordan Brand partnership could benefit the team.

“Not only for us, but I feel like the Jordan Brand is big for recruiting,” Knight added. “Every player in the country wants to put on a pair of Jordans.”

WESTBROOK ON CAMPUS

Alumnus Russell Westbrook was seen in photographs shared by the UCLA Athletics Twitter account, talking with coach Chip Kelly and athletic director Martin Jarmond during practice at the Wasserman Football Center.

UCLA running back Brittain Brown told reporters during media availability that the star guard was one of his favorite NBA players and made it a point to go over and say hello when he had an opportunity.

Westbrook is one of the more notable professional basketball players signed to the Jordan Brand. Westbrook and fellow UCLA alumna Jordin Canada helped narrate a video introducing the brand partnership back in December. Canada plays for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.

Westbrook was the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade Thursday that will send him from the Washington Wizards to the Lakers. The trade does not become official until Aug. 6, when the NBA salary cap becomes official and teams can start making moves for the 2020-21 season.

 

CHANGE IS COMING

With fans expected to return to the Rose Bowl this season, UCLA announced it will begin selling beer and wine during home games, starting with the season opener against Hawaii on Aug. 28. It will be the first of three consecutive nonconference home games.





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