An in-depth look at the UCLA Bruins

A quick look at UCLA for the sake of comparison to the same sort of look at Tennessee. Caveat emptor: stats are from last year. Depth chart is from the Game Notes, which of course is subject to UCLA's misfortune of losing QBs like Spinal Tap loses drummers.

Schedules

2007

UCLA logo
2008
9/1
at
Stanford logo
W 45-17
  9/1

No. 18
Tennessee logo

L

9/8
BYU logo
W 27-17
    Bye
9/15
at 
Utah logo
L 44-6
  9/13
at No. 16
BYU logo 
L
9/22
Washington logo
W 44-31
  9/20  Arizona logo
?
9/29 at
Oregon State logo
W 40-14
  9/27
 Fresno State logo
?
10/6
Notre Dame logo
L 20-6
  10/4  Washington State logo
W
10/13
Bye
  10/11
at No. 21
 Oregon logo
L
10/20
No. 12
California logo
W 30-21
  10/18
Stanford logo
W
10/27
at
Washington State logo
W 27-24
  10/25  at
California logo
L
11/3
at
Arizona logo
L 34-27
  11/1
Bye
11/10
No. 9
Arizona State logo
L 24-20
  11/8  Oregon State logo
?
11/17
Bye
  11/15 at
Washington logo
L
11/24
No. 9
Oregon logo
W 16-0
  11/22
Bye
12/1
No. 8
Southern California logo
L 24-7
  11/28  at No. 15
Arizona State logo
L
12/22
No. 17
BYU logo
W 17-16
  12/6
No. 3
Southern California logo
L

Last year, UCLA went 8-5 with two bad losses and two good wins. This year, with a new offensive coaching staff and giving them the benefit of the doubt in what Bruins Nations earlier this summer termed toss-ups, my best guess is that the Bruins go 5-7 in the regular season.

Depth Chart (games/starts)

UCLA FOOTBALL DEPTH BY CLASS
TOTALS FOR PROJECTED STARTERS
Unit
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomores
Freshmen
OFFENSE
4
4
2
1
DEFENSE
5
4
1
1
SPECIAL
1
2
1
0
OFFENSE
Position
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomores
Freshmen
QB   Kevin Craft
Osaar Rasshan
  Chris Forcier
Kevin Prince
Nick Crissman
TB Kahlil Bell Chane Moline   Raymond Carter
Aundre Dean
FB   Trevor Theriot Tobi Umodu Tyler Tuiasosopo
WR Marcus Everett Terrence Austin Dominique Johnson Taylor Embree
Nelson Rosario
Ryan Graves
Antwon Moutra
Jerry Johnson
TE Logan Paulsen Ryan Moya
Adam Heater
Jeff Miller  
LT   Micah Kia Brandon Bennett Brett Downey
LG   Nick Ekbatani
Jess Ward
Darius Savage  
C Micah Reed   Jake Dean  
RG Scott Glicksberg   Sonny Tevaga Austin Hill
RT       Nate Chandler
Mike Harris
DEFENSE
Position
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomores
Freshmen
LE Tom Blake   Reginald Stokes Justin Edison
LT Nathaniel Skaggs Jerzy Siewierski Brian Price  
RT Brigham Harwell
Chase Moline
  Andy Keane  
RE   Korey Bosworth David Carter Datone Jones
SLB John Hale Chinonso Anyanwu   Akeem Ayers
MLB   Reggie Carter   Steve Sloan
WLB Kyle Bosworth
Joshua Edwards
  Mike Schmitt Sean Westgate
LCB Michael Norris     Aaron Hester
Andrew Abbott
RCB   Alterraun Verner   Courtney Viney
Andrew Abbott
FS   Aaron Ware Garrett Rubio Glenn Love
SS       Rahim Moore
Tony Dye
E.J. Woods
SPECIAL TEAMS
Position
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomores
Freshmen
PR Ryan Graves Terrence Austin    
KR   Terrence Austin   Raymond Carter
P Aaron Perez   Danny Reese  
PK     Kai Forbath Jeff Locke
Projected starters in bold. Returning starts in italics. Numbers in parentheses are games/starts. Redshirt "X" is denoted simply as "X."

Key stats from last year

SOS
PED
RD
3DO
TD
PEO
OPPG
TO
3DD
16
32
14
104
29
115
92
99
3
SOS
PED
RD
3DO
TD
PEO
OPPG
TO
3DD
12
66
69
56
70
29
29
54
72
                 
SOS (strength of schedule), PED (pass efficiency defense), RD (rush defense), 3DO (3rd down offense), TD (total defense), PEO (pass efficiency offense), OPPG (opponents' points per game), TO (total offense), 3DD (3rd down defense)

Observations

  • Tennessee has two more upperclassmen on offense.
  • UCLA's defense last year was very respectable in all of the right categories. It appears that eight (five, according to the Game Notes) of their 11 on defense were starters last year, too, so expect them to be good when we have the ball.
  • The Bruins' 2007 offense, though, was atrocious. Seven starters are back (four, according to the Game Notes), but the QB isn't one of them. He' fresh off a stint at Mt. San Antonio College after having spent two seasons at San Diego State.
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