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...