It was an open audition at UCLA’s practice Tuesday. Anyone with the proper skill set was getting a look as punt returner.
Catching the ball was Scene 1.
The Bruins have had problems with punt returns. Steven Manfro has muffed a punt in the last two games, setting up touchdowns by the opponents.
“He has just had a couple games where it hasn’t gone well,” Mora said. “I feel for his psyche and for our team, it’s best to give him a little break.”
Which led to a casting call that included Shaquelle Evans, Randall Goforth, Andrew Abbott, Tevin McDonald and Devin Fuller.
“We had a lot of guys back there,” Mora said.
Thigpen, Abbott and Fuller have handled punts this season. Fuller, a first-year freshman, replaced Manfro against Arizona State on Saturday. He fielded one punt and dropped the ball, then recovered the fumble.