Adrian Klemm didn’t mince words. What took place Thursday morning was the worst offensive line practice the position coach has seen at UCLA.
Done without pads due to the Bruins’ increasing injury count, the sloppy session neared closing time with a brutal sequence of penalties, dropped balls and even a safety.
Klemm has established himself as one of the nation’s elite recruiters, but reinforcements won’t arrive until fall. Right now, an offensive line that allowed 52 sacks last season still doesn’t have any stable anchors besides center Jake Brendel and All-American Xavier Su’a-Filo.
Both stood on the sideline for a number of snaps as backups took more reps — and made more mistakes.
“It’s a combination of guys not being focused,” Klemm said. “Sometimes these guys feel sorry for themselves because we don’t have numbers. It’s a combination of them being young guys that lack experience. …
“It’s something that — all-around, we didn’t have a great practice, but we probably had the worst out of the entire team.”
Asked how he felt about his line right now, Klemm replied: “I would expect to have two or three freshmen start this season. So that shows you how comfortable I am.”
Smart money is on incoming guards Alex Redmond and Caleb Benonoch to seize spots atop the depth chart. Ranked four stars by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, the two are the most touted in Klemm’s seven-man haul.