Grades: UCLA season

November, 22, 2011
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GradePASSING ATTACK
The Bruins average only 194.27 yards per game through the air partly because they don't throw much and partly because they are inconsistent when they do. They are No. 19 in the nation with an average of 8.35 yards per passing attempt, however, which points to an effective air attack.

GradeRUSHING ATTACK
The bread and butter of UCLA's offense is very difficult to stop when it's clicking. UCLA ranks No. 28 in the nation in rushing with 199.55 yards per game. Running backs Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman offer different running styles and quarterback Kevin Prince adds another dimension to the run game.

GradeIN THE TRENCHES
The offensive line has been very good at times, opening holes for the run game and doing a good job in pass protection with only 16 sacks allowed. The defensive line has had moments, but has had a poor season overall in terms of penetration, tackling, pressuring the quarterback and stopping the run at the point of attack.

GradeDEFENSE
UCLA has had a couple of solid defensive efforts in the second half, but for the most part defense has been the weakness of the team. The inability to get teams off the field on third down has been a major Achilles Heel and poor defensive efforts were responsible for crucial losses at Houston and Arizona, meaning UCLA could conceivably be 8-3 with better defense.

GradeSPECIAL TEAMS
Jeff Locke has had a couple of off games, but he's been brilliant in others and very good in most both punting and on kickoffs. The shaky kicking situation finally got settled when walk-on Tyler Gonzalez developed into a steady, if not spectacular, option. Josh Smith is a threat returning kickoffs, but he's inconsistent. The punt return game has done more harm than good.

GradeCOACHING
There have been some real head-scratchers this season in terms of on-field focus and discipline with penalties piling up as the season goes on. Some questionable defensive schemes contributed to bad games early. The offense has sputtered at times, but play calling has been reasonable. Keeping the team from giving up on the season when things looked bleak was good work by the staff.


Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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2013 TEAM LEADERS

PASSINGATTCOMPYDSTD
B. Hundley369248307124
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
B. Hundley1607484.711
P. Perkins1345734.36
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
S. Evans4770915.19
D. Fuller4347111.04
TEAMRUSHPASSTOTAL
Offense196.6251.6448.2
TEAMPFPAMARGIN
Scoring36.524.112.4