Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…
1) It looks as if BRETT HUNDLEY will be the starting QB for the season (HOPEFULLY). Do you see this as another step in the direction of change in the program?
NOTE: We have more than enough AMO for a gunfight/this years schedule, and only a wimp would think otherwise! – Ley
I still think it’s too early too call, and Noel Mazzone reiterated it to me yesterday – he’s going to pick the best one.
2) Hi Jon, what’s your gut sense of where the bb and fb teams will finish in the Pac-12? Will either of them end up in the Top-25? Top-15 a possibility for bb? – Anonymous
It’s a big gut, so it counts extra. Hoops finishes top-6 and depending on the starting quarterback, UCLA either goes 7-5 or 8-4. Outside the top-25, but not too far outside.
3) Haven’t heard much about Anthony Barr this Spring. How is he adjusting to the switch from FB to OLB? Will he be a playmaker in the fall? – Anonymous
He’s been injured most of fall camp, so it’s hard to tell. I’d redshirt him, at this point, and then decide what to do with him. I say they go the TCU route and bulk him the heck up and stick him at D-end.
4) So much has been made about the stellar recruiting class we got this year, but (with a few exceptions) they’re not able to take part in spring ball. These kids won’t know the system well, they won’t be able to take full advantage of Alosi’s S&C program, and they won’t have the tempo and mindset drilled into them as thoroughly. Do you see that as a disadvantage for these guys come fall (especially guys like McCarthy, whose main “downside” was a tendency to take plays off)? Am I overlooking something important here? – Facescar
No, you’re right – it’s definitely a disadvantage. But it’s not an insurmountable disadvantage.
5) Given all that, which freshmen will still be able to come in and make a difference? Our secondary already looks injury-ravaged, so could we see a slew of true freshmen behind the 3-4 if things get even worse? – Facescar
Guys like McCarthy, Ishmael Adams and maybe an offensive lineman will see some time, and early.