UCLA’s game against ASU will feature reunion with Devin Lucien

Devin Lucien is coming back to the Rose Bowl this Saturday. He’ll just be wearing different colors.

The former UCLA receiver left the program back in March, a few months after he expressed dissatisfaction at his role in the Bruins’ offense. He later landed at Arizona State, eligible to play immediately because he had completed his undergraduate degree.

A perennial camp standout, Lucien never caught more than four passes in a game through three seasons as Bruin, and finished 2014 with 225 yards and two touchdowns on 29 receptions.

As a Sun Devil, he totaled 147 yards on 13 catches in his first three games. Limited by a hamstring injury, he is probable to play against UCLA at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Whether he does or not, the Bruins don’t seem concerned.

“It’s a game,” said UCLA receiver Jordan Payton. “I’m not there for the friendships. I’m there for the win. Continue reading “UCLA’s game against ASU will feature reunion with Devin Lucien” »

UCLA receiver Devin Lucien transfers to Arizona State

Receiver Devin Lucien, who left UCLA right before spring camp, has decided to transfer to Arizona State.

On track to graduate this summer, Lucien will be able to play immediately. Once a four-star recruit in 2011, the former Crespi Carmelite star never became a consistent player in Westwood.

Despite teasing crowds with his athleticism through multiple offseasons, Lucien struggled to break out into a primary roll through three seasons at UCLA. He left Los Angeles totaling 752 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but caught for fewer yards in 2014 (225) than he did the season prior (339).

After UCLA’s Alamo Bowl win over Kansas State in January, he expressed discontent about his role on the team.

The Bruins host the Sun Devils on Oct. 3.

Receiver Devin Lucien decides to transfer out of UCLA

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. Continue reading “Receiver Devin Lucien decides to transfer out of UCLA” »