Myles Jack, UCLA’s linebacker-turned-running back, is old news.
Ishmael Adams was the new defensive player sparking the Bruins’ offense Saturday in the 38-33 loss to Arizona State.
Adams, a sophomore cornerback, returned kicks for the first time in his college career against the Sun Devils. He had 58- and 69-yard kickoff returns and a 49-yard punt return. Those were the set-up moments for all 13 of UCLA’s points in the first half.
“I think I did a pretty good job, but I had great blocking down field,” Adams said.
The one thing that could be better?
“I've just got to finish them,” Adams said.
Kickoff returners Steven Manfro (ankle) and Devin Fuller (hamstring) were out with injuries. So the Bruins just called on Ishmael.
“Ish raised his hand,” Coach Jim Mora said. “We knew he played some running back in high school.”
Adams was a part-time back at Westlake Village Oaks Christian High, so to “have the ball in my hands was not foreign to me,” he said. “I just had to remind myself.”