Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Expectations high for Brett Hundley
By Blair Angulo
Top quarterback prospect Brett Hundley (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler) is enrolled at UCLA, so the speculation can officially begin.
Will the four-star recruit make a serious run at the starting job this spring?
In a press release Monday, coach Rick Neuheisel said, "It's great to have him here already and we are looking forward to watching him compete with our other quarterbacks during spring practice." But how much will Hundley be allowed to compete? Does "compete" mean he will be given substantial first- and second-unit reps?
Hundley appears to have a shot. Starter Kevin Prince is coming off knee surgery; backup Richard Brehaut went 2-5 as a starter last year. And it isn't like they got it done -- the Bruins ranked 116th in passing offense, beating out only four other schools. Remember, this is a team that had walk-on Clayton Tunney under center in a must-win road game in mid-November.
The 6-foot-3 Hundley looked good in last week's Under Armour All-America Game, throwing a 58-yard touchdown to Oregon-bound Devon Blackmon. He won the pass-attack skills challenge, beating out a group that included Jeff Driskel (Florida) and Max Wittek (USC).
The ability is there; the belief is that the "brains" are, too. Hundley factored in UCLA's medical school when he made his college choice.
With that being said, here's how the quarterback position looks heading into spring:
Jr. Kevin Prince - From knee to oblique to head, an inability to stay healthy is a concern
Jr. Richard Brehaut - Has only six touchdown passes in seven career starts
Fr. Brett Hundley - Dual-threat ability makes him intriguing option if UCLA keeps pistol
Jr. Darius Bell - Transfer was replaced for walk-on Tunney in loss at Washington
Jr. Nick Crissman - Shoulder troubles have limited him to practice duty for three years