Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the UCLA Bruins season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– UCLA Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 3-9 overall, 3-6 in Pac-12
Head Coach: Chip Kelly, 2nd season, 3-9
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UCLA OFFENSE
– It wasn’t exactly 2010 Oregon all over again when Chip Kelly got ahold of the UCLA offense, but it improved, and there were signs of life as the season went on. Overall, the O averaged just 393 yards and 24.6 points per game, it couldn’t run, and the passing game wasn’t efficient. However, the three of the top five scoring games of the year game in the final three games, and again, it started to look stronger late. But …
– Nothing is happening or improving unless the offensive line is better. What’s been the program’s biggest problem over the last several years? The front five – even with some decent talents – hasn’t been nearly good enough. The Bruins struggled at keeping defenses out of the backfield, and it didn’t do enough for the ground attack on a consistent basis.
On the plus side, all five starters are back, and top recruit Sean Rhyan is going to be a star. Now everyone has to stay healthy and keep improving. As this unit goes, so goes the 2019 season.
– Even with the mediocrity on the line, RB Joshua Kelley still managed to crank out 1,243 yards and 12 scores, Martell Irby is a nice-looking second option, and speedy backup Kameir Allen averaged well over six yards per carry. Overall, running back should be the offense’s biggest strength.
– Is Dorian Thompson-Robinson really the guy? The talented quarterback recruit got his feet wet right away, but it was a rocky year before missing time through most of the second half. Freshman Chase Griffin is an interesting option, and watch out for a transfer – hello, Washington Huskies – to potentially step in.
Top target TE Caleb Wilson is gone – he was the NFL Draft’s Mr. Irrelevant – but Theo Howard and five of the top six wide receivers are back. Junior Devin Assai should be the top new tight end after catching six passes, averaging close to 22 yards per grab.