Bruins could stick with three true freshmen on offensive line

Those three true freshmen on UCLA’s offensive line might stay there all season.

Assistant coach Adrian Klemm said Wednesday that if his current front five continues to perform, he could consider sticking with what is now his third starting lineup. Injuries have forced the fluidity: starting left tackle Simon Goines, who has a history of knee problems, is still limping with an injured right MCL; backup Conor McDermott (shoulder) is also sidelined.

“I want to have continuity, but at the same time, I don’t think a guy loses his position to injury,” Klemm said. “If we’re rolling and things are good, we have cohesiveness and we’re playing well, I don’t see any reason to shake it up. Continue reading

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Noel Mazzone defends swing pass-heavy playbook


UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has heard the criticism. His single-back spread stretches sideline to sideline much more than it does downfield.

The Bruins have been no more than middling in long pass plays this season: their 81 passes of at least 10 yards ranks sixth in the Pac-12, and their eight passes of at least 30 yards ranks 11th. Continue reading

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Report: Brett Hundley’s reps talked to Jay-Z, Roc Nation

According to the National Football Post, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is already planning out an NFL future.

NFP’s Jason Cole reported that Hundley’s representatives contacted rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports about the possibility of a deal should the player declare in 2014.

Hundley’s father, Brett Hundley Sr., vehemently denied that his son is thinking about leaving UCLA, or that he has had contact with any agents. It is not an NCAA violation for an athlete to talk to an agent if the athlete did not receive any illicit benefits.

The redshirt sophomore has immense potential at the sport’s most crucial position, and has generated talk as one of the country’s top quarterback prospects.

Hundley’s recent play, however, has not fit the profile potential first-round pick. Coming off a career-worst 64-yard passing performance at No. 2 Oregon, he has particularly struggled with deep throws and seeing downfield.

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Weekly Q&A — 10/29/13 Answers

Q: We’ve started a record 18 freshmen. Do you agree this is setting the table for a dominant team in years to come? If we play Oregon a 2nd time I think we could definitely win. Your thoughts?

A: I’m not sure. To some extent, it backs up the sheer amount of talent in this signing class. Practice also obviously can’t completely replicate game experience, so it’s good to get their feet a little wet. Some players, though, are sometimes better off redshirting a year and learning. Using 18 freshmen seems a bit excessive; I think maybe a guy like Jayon Brown might have been better off sitting for a year. (He does fill in special team depth though. On Myles Jack’s blocked punt against Oregon, the center was peeking back and forth between Jack and Brown and decided to block the latter.)

I don’t think UCLA would win a rematch. Defending Oregon is just a nightmare; even if you contain the Ducks for say, five straight plays, they could break the sixth out for 40 yards. The Bruins’ linebackers played them better than anyone else this season, and Oregon still put up 42 points.

Q: Now that Scott Quessenberry’s redshirt is gone, and he played pretty well, do you expect him to stay in the lineup? Or is he back to the bench if Simon Goines is ready? Continue reading

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