UCLA has Brett Hundley leading the offense and the level of talent around him certainly isn’t lacking. It’ll be up to Mora to get the most out of his team this season.
It’ll be imperative that the Bruins are able to stay focused, as the team plays USC and Stanford in back-to-back weeks.
But before we start talking about the end of the season, let’s see what questions the Bruins need answered in its annual spring game:
1. How Will the Defense Look Under Jeff Ulbrich?
Ulbrich doesn’t necessarily have an easy task in replacing All-American Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt at linebacker. But Mora seems to have total confidence in Ulbrich, as he was already named assistant head coach before he was named as defensive coordinator. It’ll be interesting to see the concepts he introduces to the Bruins’ 3-4 scheme.
2. Will Brett Hundley Become Elite?
Hundley certainly could have entered the NFL draft this past off-season, but decided to come back for another year. Last season he was considered a dark horse Heisman candidate, but now he seems to be a real contender for the award in 2014. There is already plenty of hype surrounding him, but the hype is definitely warranted.
Hundley has been on his “A” game this spring and has shown great touch on his deep ball. He has been working tirelessly with his receivers and it seems to be paying off so far. If he can replicate his production from last year and limit the turnovers, he has a real chance to win the Heisman Trophy.
3. How Dominant Can Myles Jack be on Defense?
Jack was the first player in Pac-12 history to win the defensive and offensive freshman of the year award. But Jack has had ZERO carries this spring at running back.
“He is a defensive player -- period -- who maybe will have some offensive packages,” Jim Mora said to ESPN. “He hasn’t taken a single offensive snap this spring, nor will he. In training camp, either. He plays defense for us. The important thing is to help us maximize his abilities at linebacker. He’s phenomenal on either side of the ball. But in his mind and the reason he came here is to play linebacker. I’m not going to take that away from him. It would hurt our football team.”
So with Jack’s full attention on defense, how much better can he be? Let’s also not forget he was only a freshman last year. Jack should be a household name on not only the West coast this season, but the whole country.