Video: Adarius Pickett and Scott Quessenberry

Safety Adarius Pickett talks about why he struggled fielding punts against Arizona State, facing WSU’s Gabe Marks and River Cracraft and the secondary giving up the game-winning touchdown to WSU last year.

Center Scott Quessenberry talks about what he told Josh Rosen on Saturday night, how he thought the offensive line did in pass protection against Arizona State and the fork in the road that the Bruins face now.

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UCLA practice links: Adarius Pickett a hit at safety

UCLA safety Adarius Pickett celebrates his interception with John Johnson, right, in the third quarter Saturday against Texas A&M. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

UCLA safety Adarius Pickett celebrates his interception with John Johnson, right, in the third quarter Saturday against Texas A&M. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Adarius Pickett calls the Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor his NFL idol. You can tell by the dark visor Pickett wears in practice. You can also tell by the physical way the UCLA redshirt sophomore plays on the field.

Pickett has lined up for UCLA in a lot of positions, but he’s found a perfect home at safety.

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UCLA defensive backs focused on developing depth during spring

Safety Jaleel Wadood is part of UCLA's deep secondary that was one of the best in the conference in 2015. (MICAH ESCAMILLA — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Safety Jaleel Wadood is part of UCLA’s deep secondary that was one of the best in the conference in 2015. (MICAH ESCAMILLA — STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Despite losing cornerback Fabian Moreau early in the season due to a lisfranc injury, UCLA had one of the best pass defenses in the conference last year.

The Bruins led the conference in passing yards allowed per game (203.2) and held opposing quarterbacks to a 113.4 passer efficiency rating, which also was tops in the Pac-12. Here’s more on how UCLA stacked up against the other pass defenses in the Pac-12:

It could be much of the same good news for UCLA as every defensive back who started a game last season is returning. Moreau and John Johnson are both coming off injuries and are not expected to participate in any drills during spring practice. While the team waits for its “wounded warriors” to return, defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin said the focus will be on building depth and position flexibility during spring.

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