Receiver Devin Lucien has left the UCLA football program, head coach Jim Mora confirmed on Tuesday morning.
“He’s decided to go a different direction,” Mora said. “I thought I knew what that direction was, but as of this morning I don’t know.”
Lucien, who would have been a redshirt senior, is expected to graduate and attempt to transfer. The former Crespi Carmelite standout often impressed during the Bruins’ offseason and preseason camps, but never became a consistent contributor in the receiving corps. He caught 29 passes and two touchdowns in 2014, ranking sixth on the team with 225 yards.
He finishes his UCLA career with 752 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He had three catches for 29 yards and a score in UCLA’s 40-35 win over Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl, but sounded distraught afterward.
“We always talk about how good of a season I’m doing, how good of an offseason I’m having, how poised I have to be to have a breakout year — and it still hasn’t happened,” he said in San Antonio, after what would turn out to be his final game at UCLA. “So this offseason, I’m not going into it with any expectations. I’m just hoping I get a ball, really. Having expectations going into the season has left me pissed off.”