Q: Does UCLA have enough defensive depth to win the Pac-12 given the three major injuries that have taken place to date?
A: Saturday’s game at Arizona will be very telling, but I wouldn’t count UCLA out of the Pac-12 yet. There’s no team in the division — or in the conference, really — that doesn’t have at least one significant question hanging over its head right now. It helps the Bruins that they can avoid Oregon and Washington in conference play.
I do think that the Bruins’ chances hinge a lot on whether or not the rest of league hits some speed bumps too. This feels like a season that will see the Pac-12 produce a two-loss champion, so UCLA’s path could become more about surviving a war of attrition rather than razing the field.
Q: Do you think Myles Jack will stay another year?
A: I do not. This is cherry picking a bit, but other players have left college after missing most of their final season without suffering much in terms of draft position. Sam Bradford (No. 1, 2010) and Todd Gurley (No. 10, 2015) are the first examples that come to mind, and both were coming off injures — shoulder and ACL, respectively — that appear to be more serious than Jack’s. If the UCLA linebacker sticks to that four- to six-month timetable, he should be fully healthy in time for all the major pre-draft workouts. There’s also the matter of that $5 million insurance policy he took out more than a year ago. If he does slip a little bit in this coming draft draft, that should make up for a good chunk of the financial losses. Why would he want to come back to college and risk an even more serious injury?
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