Q: Tom Bradley vs. Jeff Ulbrich — Differences at practice, with the media, with players? What differences are we likely to see on the field?
A: Very different people, both in terms of personality and experience. On the field, UCLA should immediately benefit from having an experienced college defensive coordinator for the first time in the Jim Mora era. The defense arguably underachieved last season considering its talent, wavering between average and above-average for long stretches. Bradley, who is one of the most well-regarded coordinators in country, should turn that around.
Off the field, Ulbrich was a more fiery guy. You saw that in his sideline exchange with Mora during UCLA’s loss to Oregon last season. It’s difficult to imagine that happening with Bradley, whom linebacker Myles Jack called a “Yoda figure” back in spring.
As for media interactions, I’d give Ulbrich the edge. He was a bigger personality, and that resulted in some great quotes as well as useful information. Bradley is fine to deal with as well, but he keeps things closer to the vest.
Q: How does the D-Line two-deep look this year compared to last year? Last year it seems that sometimes they would get pushed around. Do players like Jacob Tuoti-Mariner, Eli Ankou, Matt Dickerson, Ainuu Taua, Rick Wade, and Najee Toran look much improved and/or ready to contribute?
A: Definitely improved, even though UCLA loses Owamagbe Odighizuwa. A full offseason of development for Takkarist McKinley will help fill that hole, but the JUCO transfer just isn’t that caliber of player yet. Tuioti-Mariner and Matt Dickerson both look very promising, and Wade looked physically ready to play at this level right when he arrived at camp.
Q: Any predictions on how many sacks the Bruin D will get against Virginia?
A: I’d probably put the over-under at 2.5.
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