Offensive line remains UCLA football’s biggest worry

UCLA head coach Jim Mora addresses the media during Pac-12 Football Media Days event at the Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Center in Hollywood on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Instead of having quarterback Josh Rosen represent the UCLA offense at Pac-12 Media Days, head coach Jim Mora brought center Scott Quessenberry. The choice was not popular among media members, but it was fitting for a team with an offensive line facing heavy scrutiny.

Mora said Wednesday his biggest worry heading into the 2017 season was health and depth on the offensive line.

“I know most of the questions will most certainly be about our quarterback, who’s coming off an injury, but we need to be able to stay healthy on the offensive line and develop depth at that position,” the head coach said.

More on UCLA’s vision for its offensive line

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Media picks UCLA to finish third in Pac-12 South

The results of the 2017 Pac-12 Media Poll (Courtesy Pac-12 Conference)

UCLA was picked to finished third in the Pac-12 South in the preseason media poll released Wednesday before the conference’s two-day media event in Hollywood and Highland.

The Bruins (4-8, 2-7 Pac-12 last year) finished fifth in the division in 2016. After USC picked up 49 first-place votes in the division, Utah, UCLA and Colorado all received one vote to win the Pac-12 South.

The 52 media members who voted in the poll tabbed USC as the favorite to win the conference. USC and Washington both received 49 first-place votes to win their divisions and the Trojans grabbed 28 votes to win the conference championship to UW’s 22.

(More to come from Pac-12 Media Days this morning. UCLA’s Jim Mora, Scott Quessenberry and Kenny Young will take the main stage at 10:30 a.m.)

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