It’s the first time since 2000 that the Bruins were picked to win the conference. UCLA, led by sixth-year head coach Cori Close, claimed eight first-place votes. Stanford and Washington finished second and third, respectively.
UCLA has three returning starters: juniors Monique Billings and Jordan Canada and senior Kari Korver. Canada was named an AP honorable mention All-American last season after the guard averaged 16.1 points and 5.7 assists per game.
The UCLA offensive line, seen protecting Mike Fafaul against Arizona State on Oct. 8, has struggled to open holes for the Bruins’ rushing attack. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The offensive line, while not the sole reason for UCLA’s run struggles, are a large part of the team’s offensive ineptitude. By offensive line coach Adrian Klemm‘s account, the unit is still looking for continuity and someone to step up after the team lost three starters from last season.
“We hoped that someone would step in and it’s my job to get those guys ready once they get that opportunity,” Klemm said.
Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm talks about what he’s searching for within his unit, how he’s responsible for building mental toughness and how the Bruins can operate in a power scheme with linemen who were recruited to play in a spread attack.
Receiver Kenny Walker talks about building a winning mentality, turning the corner on offense and drops (again)