2013 College Football Preview
OFFENSE: Johnathan Franklin-TB, David Allen-FB, Jerry Johnson-WR, Joseph Fauria-WR, Jeff Baca-OG
DEFENSE: Datone Jones-DE, Damien Holmes-OLB, Dalton Hilliard-ILB, Sheldon Price-CB, Aaron Hester-CB, Andrew Abbott-SS, Jeff Locke-P, Tevin McDonald-FS
OL Xavier Su'a-Filo
Quarterback / Defensive Front

Brett Hundley has shown in just his first year that he is more than capable of guiding this spread offense now and in the future. Led by All-American Anthony Barr, this defensive front seven has the potential to keep UCLA in the Pac 12 title chase again.

Secondary / Pass Protection

The numbers aren't good here for the nation's 91st ranked pass defense. With safety Tevin McDonald getting dismissed from the team all four full-time starters need replaced. Help is desperately needed from incoming freshmen. This offensive line is giving up way too many sacks. This was a very young group in 2012. With a little more experience this group can do better.

LB Anthony Barr
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Brett Hundley-So (6-3, 227) Jerry Neuheisel-RFr (6-1, 191) / T.J. Millweard-RFr (6-3, 218)
TB Jordon James-Jr (5-9, 193) Paul Perkins-RFr (5-10, 198) / Damien Thigpen-Sr (5-8, 180)
WR Shaq Evans-Sr (6-1, 211) Logan Sweet-So (6-0, 186) / Eldridge Massington-Fr (6-1, 206)
WR Jordan Payton-So (6-1, 210) Devin Lucien-So (6-0, 192)
WR Darius Bell-Sr (5-11, 216) Ian Taubler-So (6-4, 252)
F Devin Fuller-So (5-11, 194) Steven Manfro-So (5-9, 193) / Kenneth Walker-So (5-9, 171)
OT Simon Goines-So (6-6, 320) Poasi Moala-Fr (6-4, 265)
OG Xavier Su'a-Filo-Jr (6-3, 304) Alex Redmond-Fr (6-5, 302)
C Jake Brendel-So (6-4, 276) Carl Hulick-RFr (6-2, 277)
OG Ben Wysocki-So (6-4, 280) Caleb Benenoch-Fr (6-5, 321)
OT Torian White-So (6-5, 282) Conor McDermott-RFr (6-8, 260)
K Ka'imi Fairbairn-So (5-11, 181) Justin Moreno-Jr (5-9, 177)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa-Sr (6-3, 265) Keenan Graham-Sr (6-1, 246)
NT Seali'i Epenesa-Sr (6-1, 316) Ellis McCarthy-So (6-4, 330)
DE Cassius Marsh-Sr (6-4, 268) Brandon Willis-Jr (6-1, 268)
OLB Aaron Wallace-So (6-2, 228) Kenny Orjioke-So (6-4, 229)
ILB Jordan Zumwalt-Sr (6-4, 230) Ryan Hofmeister-Jr (6-0, 222)
ILB Eric Kendricks-Jr (6-0, 228) Aaron Porter-RFr (6-0, 230)
OLB Anthony Barr-Sr (6-4, 245) Myles Jack-Fr (6-1, 225)
CB Anthony Jefferson-Jr (6-1, 184) John Johnson-Fr (5-9, 181)
CB Ishmael Adams-RFr (5-8, 185) Fabian Moreau-So (6-0, 182)
S Randall Goforth-So (5-10, 187) Stan McKay-Sr (6-0, 198)
S Dietrich Riley-Jr (6-0, 200) Brandon Sermons-Sr (5-11, 195)
P Sean Covington-Fr (6-2, 195) ..


  • Brett Hundley is one of the better young dual-threat quarterbacks in college football. His accomplishments get dwarfed by the Mariota's and Manziel's of the world. His passing game exceeds his running ability and the UCLA future looks bright with him under center for three more years.
  • It's a good thing Hundley can use his feet as the Bruins ranked 118th nationally in sacks allowed. This issue needs to be addressed quickly with the many starters returning to this offensive line.
  • Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was so distraught after a spring practice that he claimed two or three freshman might start this season.
  • The loss of Johnathan Franklin and his 1,700 rushing yards will be sorely missed. But the spread offense bought in by coordinator Noel Mazzone, who scrapped the Pistol offense favored the past couple of years, has worked immediate wonders. Can it work wonders with a former highly recruited talent like Jordon James or possibly someone else waiting in the wings? This will be a huge key.
  • If not for a torn ACL senior Damien Thigpen would likely sit at the top of the running back depth chart. His return is not expected until maybe October.
  • On the plus side the UCLA 3-4 front looks ready to contend for another Pac 12 Championship Game. Former running back/receiver Anthony Barr is now the best linebacker in the Pac 12.
  • At the top of the wish list was a solid recruiting class and UCLA got one. Expect upwards of six different true freshmen to push for serious playing time, especially at defensive back where four full-time starters were lost.
  • Coach Jim Mora has given UCLA a no-nonsense swagger where winning games is to be expected. A feeling exists that this could be the first time in a very long time that the UCLA football program can compete on a national level consistently. The notion extends beyond the Golden State borders.



Aug. 31 - Nevada
Sept. 14 - at Nebraska
Sept. 21 - New Mexico State
Oct. 3 - at Utah
Oct. 12 - California
Oct. 19 - at Stanford
Oct. 26 - at Oregon
Nov. 2 - Colorado
Nov. 9 - at Arizona
Nov. 15 - Washington
Nov. 23 - Arizona State
Nov. 30 - at Southern California