UCLA Bruins College Football Preview
The UCLA Bruins will look to bounce back during the 2017 NCAA Football season after picking up just four wins last season. That four win season broke four straight consecutive win seasons where Jim Mora had helped guided the Bruins to at least eight wins.
Now as the team prepares for the upcoming season, the fans; the professional sport bettors and the school will put of their faith in the return of quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen who is predicted to be one of the top quarterbacks in all of College Football, played in just six games to start the season leading the Bruins to a 3-3 overall record while throwing 10 touchdown passes to just five interceptions.
After going down the Bruins managed just one win over their final six games including an ugly 36-10 loss to end the season. Add the return of Rosen to the a very talented recruiting as well as the solid weapons on defense this season, the Bruins could make a run at the Pac 12 South title. The only question to be asked is whether or not Mora and his coaching staff can improve the team’s offensive line play as well as their running attack.
Here is a deeper look at our 2017 UCLA Bruins College Football Preview.
UCLA Bruins Offense Preview
After a difficult season last year, the Bruins elected to revamp their entire coaching staff including bringing in Jedd Fisch as the team’s offensive coordinator. Luckily for Mora and Fisch the team will have Heisman candidate Josh Rosen back under center which should take off a ton of the pressure while also helping the teams running game.
While Rosen will be the key to the success the group of Soso Jambo, Nate Starks and Bolu Olorunfunmi will need to rebound on there lackluster performance of averaging less than three yards a carry last season. That type of production will not only have fans looking at a disappointing season but also the sports betting handicappers who are looking to rebound with the club this season.
Helping out Rosen will be Darren Andrews and Jordan Lasley who both posted over 600 yards last season and at least four touchdowns. Other key additions to the offense includes four start offensive lineman Stephan Zabie, four star tight end Jimmy Jaggers and three star guard Kanan Ray.
In the end the wheels on this bus will only go round with Rosen under center in 2017.
UCLA Bruins Defense Preview
While the offense gets a big boost under center, the defense will turn to an entire new group to replace some big time talent that has left for the NFL. Good news for the Bruins is this club has a ton of talent on defense that is still left while the addition of some big time defensive recruits could help rebound much quicker.
At the front of the team’s success on defense will be the play of 2017 five star recruit Jaelan Phillips who is expected to be a true play maker from day one and one that many expect to get to the quarterback early. On the other side of Phillips the Bruins have some options as well including Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (possible NFL draft pick) as well as Keisean Lucier-Smith.
Behind those guys will sit Kenny Young who might be the teams best defensive player. Smith posted five sacks last season while recording 90 tackles at the linebacker position. Along with Young, the Bruins should see Lokeni Toailoa turn into another top tier linebacker.
Luckily for the Bruins defense they should have a very good secondary that includes some big time playmakers Jaleel Wadood and Adarius Pickett playing safety. Meanwhile the cornerback tandem of Darnay Holmes, Nate Meadors and Denzel Fisher could struggle at times the three could turn this clubs defense into one of the best in the Nation.
While the offense turns to one player, the teams defense will simply come down to how well they can come together from day one against a solid Texas A&M squad.
UCLA Bruins 2017 Schedule
September 3rd – Texas A&M
September 9th – Hawaii
September 16th – @ Memphis
September 23rd – @ Stanford
September 30th – Colorado
October 14th – @ Arizona
October 21st – Oregon
October 28 – @ Washington
November 3rd – @ Utah
November 11th – Arizona State
November 18th – @ USC
November 24th – California
Key Matchups – USC, Washington, Colorado, Stanford
Potential Upset – Utah & Arizona