Sink or swim, UCLA is going into night’s spring game at the Rose Bowl at 7 p.m. with a new offense.
After passing the fail-safe point two weeks ago, the Bruins decided to stick with the Revolver formation that they focused on so early, rather than pitch it for the base offense.
“Anytime you experiment, you’re risking the fact that if you don’t use it, you’ve wasted that time,” Neuheisel said. “After we saw where we were after the two-week mark, we saw enough in this that it will be a part of our offense.”
The question now becomes, to what extent will UCLA utilize the Revolver next season?
The answer won’t be known until the fall, and certainly not by the spring game, but making some sort of schematic change to the offense was never in doubt, particularly to benefit the running game. The Bruins have finished 116th and 97th in the country in rushing yards in head coach Rick Neuheisel’s two years, and marked improvement will be demanded.
Even the chance for the Revolver to boost the ground game validates the experiment, offensive coordinator Norm Chow contends.
“I think we know how to run the runs that we have,” Chow said. “Now are we good enough at it? Probably not. But we needed to find out. We really needed to do something. We haven’t run the ball well, and we need to do something. We can’t just keep going the way we’re going.”