UCLA head coach Jim Mora wouldn’t commit to 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore Conor McDermott making his second consecutive start at left tackle on Saturday.
With injuries and inexperience having limited him to 22 snaps entering last week’s surprise start, McDermott held up impressively for 89 plays in Saturday’s 36-34 win over Cal.
With McDermott’s start shifting former left tackle Malcolm Bunche to guard, an offensive line that allowed 24 sacks in the first six games gave up just one to Cal.
Mora, however, is still cautiously approaching his use of McDermott entering Saturday’s meeting with Colorado.
“Has he done enough to stay in the starting lineup? Yes,” Mora said. “Will he? We’ll see.”