LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA coach Jim Mora and the 16th-ranked Bruins have returned to football practice for the first time since the death of walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale.

The team practiced Monday in preparation for this weekend’s game at 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.

Mora says “it’s a very tragic time, a very difficult time” with the loss of Pasquale.

Mora says he spent time with the freshman’s family on Sunday in San Clemente, where hundreds of Pasquale’s friends, family members and fellow football players gathered at the high school’s field Sunday night for a vigil.

Coach Mora became agitated with a reporter that was on his cell phone at a press conference on Monday and stormed out of the press conference. He did then meet later with the regular beat writes on the practice field to finish the discussion.

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