Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/11/14
UCLA coach Jim Mora and the 16th-ranked Bruins returned to football practice on Monday for the first time since the death of walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale. The team practiced in preparation for this weekend's game at No. 23 Nebraska. Pasquale was hit by a car and killed while walking in his hometown of San Clemente on Sunday. The 20-year-old receiver played in the final offensive series in UCLA's season-opening victory over Nevada on Aug. 31. The Bruins were off last weekend and Pasquale had gone home to visit his family. ''It's a very tragic time, a very difficult time,'' said Mora, who has a son close to Pasquale's age. The coach hailed Pasquale for being more than a player on the scout team. ''He was a kid who epitomized everything that you're looking for in a football player, from his spirit, his selfless work ethic, his commitment to the team, his toughness,'' Mora told a group of reporters. Mora spent time with the freshman's family on Sunday in San Clemente, where hund...
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