UCLA soccer offensive lineman Jon Gaines II spoke to reporters after Wednesday morning’s apply session. Gaines talked about making ready for the warmth within the Rose Bowl on Saturday, supporting the scholarship walk-ons, how tight finish Garrett DiGiorgio has grown over the previous yr and the significance of bonding throughout staff karaoke.
Prepared for the warmth?
After all, sure. Hydration is the important thing. It is scorching now, so it will not be that totally different, you recognize? You simply must hydrate.
Hydrate, deal with your physique. The factor is, we talked concerning the preparation begins now and it began months in the past – you recognize, you deal with your physique, you are used to it so whenever you get to sport day it will be simpler since you’ve constructed them up. habits to the purpose that you’re now ready to exit on Saturday.
Conditioning workers monitoring your hydration forward of Saturday?
Sure in fact. They have been controlling that for so long as I have been right here, so it is a fixed factor all through the season and the offseason as effectively, all the time attempt to verify we’re hydrated and go arduous right here within the offseason “I might say generally even more durable than through the season, in order that they’re all the time making an attempt to observe our hydration to verify we’re in peak bodily situation.
What number of liters do you drink per day?
I’ve like a 64 ounce hydro flask, get 4 or 5 of these a day.
200 and one thing ounces?
Keep on observe, I do know. I’ve to remain on observe.
Optimistic about Saturday’s O-line?
I’m very excited. , we have been making ready all this time, we have got loads of guys which are able to contribute and we’re simply able to go on the market and present what we have been engaged on. I believe on the finish of the day, I believe it is all concerning the staff as effectively – we’re actually excited to go on the market, we have been actually arduous, camp was actually enjoyable and we’re simply able to go on the market on Saturday.
DiGiorgio’s progress since final yr and through camp?
Yeah, that was the very first thing I’d say is progress. Garrett has actually stepped up in that beginning function, and simply having the ability to be round him and watch him develop over time, I see loads of Alec in him—Alec was considered one of his finest buddies when he was right here and so they nonetheless discuss on a regular basis and you’ll see loads of the younger Alec in him and being right here and being buddies with the youthful Alec, watching him develop, now like having the ability to see Garrett develop in the identical manner I can see him rising and enhancing daily. a single day.
Strolling scholarship celebration?
Sure, it was loopy. Coach Kelly known as all people and I used to be sitting there like all of us went loopy, in fact. Yeah we’re actually excited, they’re all our boys so we like to see the arduous work repay.
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One after the other, he introduced them up and mentioned they’d scholarships?
Yeah, he acquired all people collectively, we completed the day, it was like earlier than we left to go residence and he mentioned, ‘These guys, with their arduous work and dedication, they have been on scholarship. full.’ It was loopy, sure.
Shock revelation, he solely mentioned what it was about after he known as them?
As effectively. We did not know – I have been right here lengthy sufficient that I’ve seen it occur a number of occasions, so I had a sense, like I began to face up and I used to be actually completely happy, yeah.
Karaoke evening after camp?
Yeah, I believe it is a actually large factor like fostering brotherhood right here as a result of it’s a must to be weak round your loved ones and I believe it is like a, it is a actually male, actually violent sport, proper, and generally it may be form sufficient to take off your protect, simply be unfastened and be round your guys and it reveals that we’re actually buddies, we’re like brothers and it brings us nearer after which being tremendous aggressive. Like, they’d a vote – the skin linebackers received, however the O-line undoubtedly received. They realize it too.
What did the O-line sing?
Burn by Usher.
The id of the work?
I believe it is to maintain the staff attacking on the whole, like dominating. Final yr, by final yr’s interviews, it was all about execution, proper? We have to take a step ahead from this. , execution will get you to 8-4 and we would like much more than that and that comes from dominating the road of scrimmage from the beginning.
Transfer to the Large Ten after leaving?
I am excited for the brand new guys. It might be good as a result of my household might have come to extra video games, however I will not be right here, however I am actually excited for them. New alternative, I do know they are going to profit from it.
how is your father
He’s doing very well. He acquired the stitches out of his reduce and is doing nice now.
Will your father be there on Saturday?
No, he will not be there on Saturday. I believe SC week will in all probability be the primary week – it is arduous to coordinate with work, however he might be right here for extra video games now. Mother is coming for the second sport so I am excited to see her.
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