Defensive back Octavius Spencer talks about playing the nickel position, the potential of UCLA’s defense and the differences between having camp in Westwood and San Bernardino.
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.
— Yeemer (@TheRealOcto_) December 16, 2014
Three-star athlete Octavius Spencer has committed to UCLA, announcing his decision on Tuesday morning.
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound prospect is rated as a safety by Rivals.com and a cornerback by Scout.com, but also caught eight touchdowns and tallied more than 700 return yards at Monrovia (Calif.) High — the same school that produced current UCLA defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy.
Spencer is UCLA’s second commitment in a little over a week, following four-star defensive back Colin Samuel’s announcement for the Bruins last Tuesday.