Spring Ball Preview: Wide Receivers

As part of my UCLA spring ball preview, we break down the position groupings. With a new coaching staff, the competition should be fierce in the spring, as few players did much too cement starting roles going into spring ball. The Bruins are going to more of a base spread offense and a base 3-4 defense – though they will mix packages and personnel frequently – so take into account the changes. This is only a spring preview, so only freshmen who are participating – T.J. Millweard and Marcus Rios – will be listed.

Wide Receivers

Looking Back
Shaquelle Evans 19 catches for 309 yards (16.3 ypc average) and two touchdowns
Ricky Marvray 10 catches for 57 yards (5.7 ypc)
Johnathan Franklin 9 catches for 74 yards (8.2 ypc) and one touchdown
Jordon James 7 catches for 122 yards (17.4 ypc)

Projected Depth Chart
(With so many receivers used in the new offense, there is no real depth chart)
JR Shaq Evans
RS FR Devin Lucien
RS JR Ricky Marvray
RS SR Jerry Johnson
RS JR Jerry Rice Jr.
RS JR Damien Thigpen
RS SR Joseph Fauria (Y)
RS JR Darius Bell (Y)

Coming In / Heading Out
In: FR Javon Williams, FR Jordan Payton, FR Kenny Walker, FR Ahmad Harris
Out: SR Nelson Rosario (graduation), SR Taylor Embree (graduation), SR Josh Smith (graduation), JR Randall Carroll (dismissal)

Thoughts
UCLA’s spring ball won’t be a true preview at the wide receiver position, which will get an infusion of young talent from a lofty freshman class. But it could be a coming-out party in a sense for those wideouts already in Westwood, as the position took a backseat to the running game in the Pistol offense. Noel Mazzone has said he needs eight receivers in order for his offense to function, so he’s going to need some to step up in the spring to cement their roles in the rotation.
If the offense is as pass-happy as Mazzone would like, then Evans and Lucien could be very active from the start.

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  • 50-0

    Was Shaq Evans the guy ejected in that inane brawl during the Arizona beat down? Or was he the streaker? Both dudes were kinda of speedy. So maybe there’s hope for the Bruins?

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Hey 6-26: Was it OJ or Bush that forever stained the Heisman halls? Oh wait, it was both of them! So maybe there’s hope for you Troll-jans to get a three-peat here?

    And don’t forget to come check out the only Pac-12 South Division Championship banner. It will be up in the newly-refurbished Pauley Pavillion.

  • Reasonable Bruin

    @Rockies-

    You didn’t just brag about us backing into the Pac-12 Championship game did you? I guess 13-9 got stale.

  • ArmadaBruin

    Screw the Trogans trolls. Get a f@$%#ng life! GO BRUINS! @ Rockies, I would have stopped at OJ, Bush and Mayo…University of Sleazy Cheaters! Enough said!

  • Gutty Lil Bruin

    Watch out SC, our underrated receivers will prove to be better than Lee and Farmer next year. Back to back South Division Champs this year. Nobody will be saying we backed in when it we repeat this year.

  • The Blur

    I’m interested to see if Thigpen can be a factor.

  • 50-0

    Rockie. Or is it Bullwinkle? 50-0

  • Heritage Hall

    @Rockies

    Please let’s not dwell in the past. Let’s talk about today.

    Recent investigations have borne out that the proud tradition lives on…Seven football players have criminal records, according to an investigation by CBS News and Sports Illustrated.

  • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

    BruinRob said:
    NOBS is locked up, in his Urn in which I piss in every day, his ashes are getting crusty.

    March 31, 2012 3:33 PM

    That’s a great representative you bRuins got!

  • http://www.yahoo.com BruinRob

    !^^^^ his Urn sure came in handy at the mausoleum yesterday it saved two trips to the bathroom. Gawd it’s pissing in the ashes of the most vulgar and vile Bruin hater on your SUC blogs.

  • Marc

    50-0 is either a kid who lives at home with mom or a crackpot. Only crackpots troll on opposing team sights for kicks.

    If, 50-0, you are a married man, show your wife what you do for fun. I bet she’ll get a kick out of it. The, oooops, I married a loser feeling will creep over her.

    Things must be pretty bad at home if you do this and smile. When your head hits the pillow at night, do you feel peaceful and get a good night’s sleep

    Just some things to think about.