Q: Does UCLA “look” the part of a top-10, top-15 preseason team even with a new QB? Outside of the two-deep on the defensive line and QB, this appears to be the deepest and most experienced Bruin team in recent memory and certainly under Jim Mora’s regime.
A: I’d put them in the preseason top 15 without much hesitation. There just aren’t a lot of other good teams in the country that lost as little as UCLA did through the offseason, and the quarterback situation looked promising enough through spring.
Q: If the competition between Josh Rosen and Asiantii Woulard is close, do you think that they’d give the nod to Woulard with the intention of redshirting Rosen and giving him another year to develop? Considering that we could burn his redshirt at anytime and we have yet to see Woulard in actual game action, I think this is the best course of action. Your thoughts?
A: If it’s close, at least trying Woulard out in the first game could be a good option for the reasons that you mentioned. But until Woulard came on through the second half of spring, the competition didn’t look that close.
Q: Considering all the talent UCLA has returning on offense, it would seem like a good idea to go with the game manager/safe bet at which would be Jerry Neuheisel? Redshirt Rosen? Would Asiantii Woulard transfer if he doesn’t win the starting job?
A: I don’t think starting Jerry Neuheisel full-time is a good option, even with all the experience UCLA has on offense. While he’s very comfortable with the offensive scheme, his lack of arm strength would severely limit the team if opponents can scout that look through the course of the season. Continue reading