Walk-on WR Nick Pasquale passed away early Sunday morning.
The sport of football signifies more than just a contest itself.
A true brotherhood is promoted. Copious amounts of togetherness, cohesion and commitment are present within a team. In essence, a team is a gigantic family.
The bond of close-knit togetherness usually is revealed in the harsh face of adversity. UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale passed away early Sunday morning. His death has greatly affected the team up to this point.
Mora told reporters that Pasquale "epitomized everything that you're looking for in a football players, from his spirit to his selfless work ethic, his commitment to the team, his toughness."
Multiple members of the team, including Xavier Su'a-Filo, Thomas Duarte and Simon Goines, voiced their condolences over Twitter.
No one knows how the team will react come Saturday when the Bruins face Nebraska in Lincoln. It is a vital contest for both teams. Going on the road in a hostile environment against a ranked opponent is tough enough. Adding on the tragedy of a fallen teammate will make the game that much more difficult.
Mora was unquestionably emotional on Monday. He called out a reporter for speaking on a cell phone during a press conference. Mora was talking about Pasquale when he was rudely interrupted.
UCLA will wear a patch on its jerseys with Pasquale's No. 36 prominently shown. As a touching gesture, Nebraska will also don a patch commemorating Pasquale.
The entire press conference featuring Mora speak about Pasquale can be found here.
Bleacher Report conveys the sincerest of condolences to the Pasquale family.