College Football Preview: The 2015 UCLA Bruins
UCLA Bruins Preview 2014 Record 10-3 Won Valero Alamo Bowl 40-35 vs Kansas State
Overview: The UCLA Bruins are coming off back-to-back 10-3 seasons and Coach Jim Mora has UCLA set for another double digit win season. Its going to be hard in a tough Pac-12 south and he is going to have to replace quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker Eric Kendricks.
Offense: UCLA had a solid offense last year they finished 36th in the nation in ppoints scored per game with 33.5. The Bruins also finished 43rd in the nation in passing yards and 34th in rushing yards. Brett Hundley will be hard to replace at quarterback. Last season he passed for 3155 yards with 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Jerry Neuheisel has the most experience so he will be the expected starting quarterback. Running back Paul Perkins is coming off a monster year he rushed for over 1500 yards and 9 touchdowns. Perkins will be relied on heavily this year. Leading wide receiver Jordan Payton returns for his senior year, last season he caught 67 passes for 954 yards and 7 touchdowns.
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Defense: The UCLA Bruins will have to replace 3 out 4 last years top tacklers. Eric Kndricks, Anthony Jefferson and Owa Odighizuwa all have gone to the NFL and will be hard to replace. Myles Jack will have to take over and be the leader on defense. Last year he recorded 88 tackles and 8 sacks. UCLA will have to figure something out on defense if they want to have a good year.
Special Teams: Senior kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn returns after making 18 out of 22 attempted field goals. Senior punter Matt Mengel is also back after averaging 40 yards a punt last year.
Overall: UCLA has to replace a lot of key pieces from last year’s team but they do have a lot of returning talent. UCLA is currently one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 unfortunately I don’t think they will be able to replace the players that left last year. I think this will be a 7-5 season for the UCLA Bruins.