Weekly Q&A — 12/12/13 Answers

Q: What is your gut feeling on whether or not Brett Hundley stays? Should he decide to bolt for the NFL, who do you see as starting QB next year? Does Mariota’s announcement that he’s returning for his junior year at Oregon affect BH’s decision? If he leaves, will Devin Fuller get a chance to be quarterback? Do you see a big dropoff from Hundley to the next QB?

A: I think he stays, though I could see a team reaching for him in the first round based on potential. Marcus Mariota’s return to Oregon does thin out the quarterback class, however, as does Zach Mettenberger’s torn ACL. Even Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, a potential No. 1 overall pick, isn’t a complete lock to declare for the draft.

If Hundley does leave, the job will go to Asiantii Woulard, who has major upside. Unless he makes significant strides in spring and fall, however, he wouldn’t be close to what Hundley would do as a third-year starter. Devin Fuller won’t be moving back to quarterback; he’s much more useful as a receiver.

Q: What is the deal with the Wear twins’ slump? Senior leadership works better when your seniors aren’t worse than the underclassmen. Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 12/5/13 Answers

Q: News on offensive line coach Adrian Klemm? Worst secret in town is that Sark is chucking a lot of money at him to bring him over as a Trojan assistant…

A: I think we can let Klemm answer that:

I don’t expect any other staff departures at this point.

Q: Do you know how much has been pledged on to the new football facility at this point and when it is planned to begin? Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/26/13 Answers

Q: Where does UCLA go from here? This is year two of a great start and poor finish.

A: The season’s not over yet, so you can’t exactly call it a poor finish off of one game. So far, UCLA is still on an upward trajectory under Jim Mora, making its way through what was a much tougher schedule. The Bruins aren’t in the Pac-12 title game, but the rest of the division has also improved. If the team loses its next two games though — then it gets a bit dicey.

Q: Where does Myles Jack fall on the LB/RB Venn diagram this weekend? Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/21/13 Answers

Q: I have Holiday Bowl tickets. What does UCLA need to do to get into the Holiday Bowl?

A: It’ll be pretty tough because bowls generally don’t like inviting the same team back to back. Doesn’t help ticket sales. A lot still depends on how other teams do, but if UCLA wins out and then loses in the Pac-12 Championship, it will likely end up in the Alamo Bowl. Splitting these next two games probably equals a trip to the Sun Bowl, while losing the next two could mean Las Vegas or Kraft Fight Hunger. The bowls negotiate who to take, so the order of selection doesn’t necessarily line up with the power hierarchy.

Q: Is DeShaun Foster coaching for the team? I thought I saw him on the sidelines last game. Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/12/13 Answers

Q: For basketball, the early signing period starts this Wednesday. Any update since five-star forward Kevon Looney verballed?

A: Hungarian big man Gyorgy Goloman officially signed his letter of intent today, and Looney is expected to send his in Thursday morning. Four-star 7-footer Thomas Welsh will decide between Cal, Stanford and UCLA any day now. Justise Winslow might also make a decision by Nov. 20.

Q: How big of a blow and an impact did losing left tackle Torian White and running back Jordon James have on the team and our offense? Continue reading

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