Season 2 Previews

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  1. Blaza

    Blaza In Arsene Wenger I Trust

    Apr 17, 2009
    UCLA BRUINS 2014 Preview



    The UCLA Bruins enjoyed a solid, yet bittersweet season in 2013. On one hand, they built on the 2012 campaign, finishing 11-2 overall and running away with the Rose Bowl Championship Trophy 38-7 over a Mogriffjr's talented Penn State squad. On the opposite hand, they gave away a huge 4th qtr lead against The Parrothead and PAC-12 foe Cal and snuck into the Rose Bowl after a late season letdown by smlVICTORIES53 and his Arizona Wildcats. Plain and simple, the Bruins still have some things on the gridiron to prove.

    (RS) JR QB Brett Hundley (93 OVR) returns after another solid season in Westwood. The QB garnered 2nd team All-American honors, throwing for 2396 yards for 22 TDs and 10 INTs. Hundley was a dual-threat in the process, adding 588 yards and 8 TDs on 95 carries. The 6'3, 225 Hundley is the leader and captain of the UCLA offense and must continue to shine in his 3rd year as the starter.

    Hundley is joined in the UCLA backfield by one of the country's most talented backfields. SR RB Malcom Jones (90 OVR) answered any questions about replacing of Jonathan Franklin who departed for the NFL in 2013. Jones was a Heisman finalist and All-American after rushing for 1546 yards and 23 TDs. Jones has another future pro in the backfield in (RS) SR RB Jordan James (84 OVR). James is a blazer with 95 speed and the burst to go the distance on kick and punt returns.

    The offensive line is strong and will be led by SR LT Xavier Su'la Filo (93 OVR) who turned down millions to return for his senior season. RS (JR) C Jake Brendel (90 OVR) moves into the starting role at C and will be a vital cog, calling the protections for UCLAs hogs up front.
    Out wide, Hundley will be forced to cope with the loss of Shaq Evans who went in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Fortunately, the Bruins have a group of youngins waiting in the wings to prove themselves. 6'1 212 JR WR Jordan Payton moves into the X receiver spot and has been a complete terror in practice. Payton came on late last season and will lead a group of young, athletic receivers.


    The UCLA Defense started 2013 off slowly, but really stepped up their game over the second half causing a number of turnovers late in the season. (RS SR) MLB Eric Kendricks (80 OVR) leads a very physical front seven. The defensive backfield will be guided by (RS SR) SS Dietrich Riley (85 OVR) made big plays all season for the Bruins a year ago. The Bruins D is an opportunistic D and appears ready to take another step in 2014.


    As previously stated, UCLA fans were happy with the success of the Bruins 2013, but there is nothing tougher than being on the cusp, and that is exactly what the team is on at this point. The staff has gotten off to a solid start sneaking past Twister18 and his big time Stanford program and hopes to keep the momentum going as they forge on into conference play.
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  2. Mogriffjr

    Mogriffjr Walk On

    Feb 10, 2009
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    Penn State surprised quite a few last year, finishing in the top 10 at the end of the season but disappointment was still looming around the campus after a 38-7 whipping by the hands of the UCLA Bruins. PSU in fact, was having quiet thoughts of being in the BCS title game but an early season loss to Michigan State took them out of the running. Two big losses seemingly doomed PSU but shouldn't cast shadows on a great great season by the Nittany Lions.

    2014 enters a new year and the staff is very excited because they feel this team is getting better. The many freshman starters are now sophomores while prominent SO kids from last year enter their junior years as high caliber starters.

    First if you mention the 2014 Nittany Lions, you must mention SO-QB Christian Hackenberg (84), whose play last year should have garnered him heisman attention (but shockingly it didn't, thanks EA). Hackenburg only threw for 3557yds, 33TD's and 12INT's on the season. He continued to get stronger and know the ins and outs of a very complication pro style passing attack, left behind by offensive guru Bill O'Brien. He'll be surrounded by some very good offensive talent like the stable of backs in the backfield (SO-RB Akeel Lynch (82) and SR-RB Bill Belton (88)) who figure to share carries. JR-TE Kyle Carter (85), who won the Mackey award last year returns to be a top threat for Hackeburg along with SR-WR Allen Robinson (92). Entering the WR/TE corps and figuring to be a major part of the offense is FR-TE Adam Breneman (83), a super talented TE hybrid and speedy WR's SR Alex Kenney (83) and SO Eugene Lewis (79). There's no shortage of manpower here for this offense. The line will be anchored by JR-LT Donovan Smith (88) and SR-LG Miles Dieffenbach (88), two hulking behemoth's who will help protect Hack's blind side.

    The coaching staff did a good job persuaing CB Adrian Amos (91) to return for his senior season and he is the leader of this defense, providing a shutdown type CB. Amos is fearless with amazing speed and is really one of the best tacklers on this team. He'll rely on a very stout front 4, including two impact down linemen in SR-LE C.J. Olaniyan (87) and SR-DT Kyle Baublitz (86) (btw I love how he has blitz in his name). With those two and rising sack artist JR-RE Deion Barnes (86), the PSU staff figures to give opposing QB's headaches with a ferocious pass rush. The LB corps took a hit when Glenn Carson graduated and it left some unproven kids to take his role. 2nd year starter JR-ROLB Ben Kline (82) figures to pick up some of the slack and anchoring the LB corps while the staff hopes 1st year starter, SO-MLB Nyeem Wartman (79) can fill Carson's big shoes.

    The 2013 campaign makes this year a huge year for the program. They won 11 games last year but this year, fans are expecting at least a BIG 10 title and possibly a berth into the big game, but most definitely a bowl win. The coaching staff has a lot of work to do but they feel they have some good pieces to work with to bring these expectations to Happy Valley.
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