UCLA Bruins College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best UCLA Bruins Offensive Player
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Sr.
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride over the first three seasons, but he settled into the gig last year and was a blast.
He only played in five games, but he was terrific completing 65% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and four picks with 306 rushing yards and three scores.
He hit USC for 364 yards and four scores in a brilliant performance in the loss, and threw for over 300 yards with four scores against Colorado – also a loss. The running game will help him out, but he’ll be a part of that, too.
2. TE Greg Dulcich, Jr.
3. C Sam Marrazzo, Sr.
4. WR Kyle Philips, Jr.
5. RB Brittain Brown, Sr.
Best UCLA Bruins Defensive Player
LB Caleb Johnson, Sr.
The defense needed more big playmakers and a bigger spark, and in came Johnson from the JUCO ranks to provide both.
The 6-1, 230-pounder led the team with 44 tackles with 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss, and he came up with an interception in an all-star season on the inside of the linebacking corps.
An academic all-star, too, he’s a quarterback for the defensive front with the quickness to get into the backfield and size to bring the thump against the run.
2. S Stephan Blaylock, Sr.
3. S Qwuantrezz Knight, Sr.
4. LB Mitchell Agude, Sr.
5. DT Otito Ogbonnia, Sr.
Top Incoming UCLA Bruins Transfer
RB Zach Charbonnet, Jr.
Former Washington QB Ethan Garbers is likely going to be the transfer who makes the biggest impact for the Bruins … next year. There are plenty of other good new parts to the mix, but Charbonnet has the potential to bring something big to the team right away.
The 220-pound former superstar recruit ran for 726 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2019, but he lost time in the rotation last season with just 124 yards and a score. The ground game was already going to be good, but he should be able to take it up a few notches.