UCLA: 2012 position preview

UCLA preseason preview: Defensive line

August, 2, 2012
8/02/12
2:30
PM PT
With UCLA training camp set to begin Saturday at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We went through the offense first, looking at the quarterbacks, offensive line, receivers and running backs. Special teams came next, and then we started on the defense with the defensive backs and then the linebackers. The final group to get the breakdown treatment in the defensive line.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:
Left Defensive End
Datone Jones (6-4, 275, Sr.) OR
Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 270, Jr.)
Sam Tai (6-2, 275, Fr.)

Nose Tackle
Brandon Willis (6-2, 280, So.)
Donovan Carter (6-1, 305, Sr.)
Seali’i Epenesa (6-1, 310, Jr.)
Kevin McReynolds (6-2, 300, Fr.)
Brandon Tuliaupupu (6-1, 315, Fr.)

Right Defensive End
Cassius Marsh (6-3, 275, Jr.) OR
Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 270, Jr.)
Iuta Tepa (6-2, 255, Jr.)
Wesley Flowers (6-5, 254, So.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHART:
Left Defensive End
Datone Jones (6-4, 275, Sr.)
Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 270, Jr.)
Sam Tai (6-2, 275, Fr.)

Nose Tackle
Brandon Willis (6-2, 280, So.)
Donovan Carter (6-1, 305, Sr.)
Seali’i Epenesa (6-1, 310, Jr.)
Kevin McReynolds (6-2, 300, Fr.)
Brandon Tuliaupupu (6-1, 315, Fr.)

Right Defensive End
Cassius Marsh (6-3, 275, Jr.)
Ellis McCarthy (6-5, 330, Fr.)
Iuta Tepa (6-2, 255, Jr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Nate Chandler, started five games and appeared in 14; Graduated.
Justin Edison, started 12 games at tackle; Graduated.
Damien Holmes, 14-games starter at defensive end; switched to linebacker.
Keenean Graham, key reserve at defensive end; switched to linebacker.

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UCLA preseason preview: Linebackers

August, 1, 2012
8/01/12
3:20
PM PT
Patrick LarimoreJim Z. Rider/US PresswirePatrick Larimore leads a group of talented, experienced players at linebacker for UCLA.

With UCLA training camp set to begin Saturday at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We went through the offense first, looking at the quarterbacks, offensive line, receivers and running backs. Special teams came next, and then we started on the defense with the defensive backs. Next up: Linebackers.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

Left Outside Linebacker
Jordan Zumwalt (6-foot-3, 235 pound, Junior) (4) OR
Keenan Graham (6-2, 247, Jr.)
Aramide Olaniyan (6-1, 210, So.)
Ryan Medina (6-1, 230, Sr.)

Left Inside Linebacker
Patrick Larimore (6-2, 250, Sr.)
Jared Koster (6-1, 208, So.)
Jason Stewart (6-2, 237, Fr.)
Todd Golper (6-0, 235, Jr.)

Right Inside Linebacker
Eric Kendricks (6-0, 230, So.)
Ryan Hofmeister (6-0, 225, So.)
Mike Orloff (6-3, 222, Fr.)

Right Outside Linebacker
Damien Holmes (6-2, 250, Sr.)
Aaron Wallace (6-2, 230, Fr.)
Anthony Barr (6-4, 235, Jr.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHART:

Left Outside Linebacker
Jordan Zumwalt (6-3, 235, Jr.) (4) OR
Keenan Graham (6-2, 247, Jr.)
Aramide Olaniyan (6-1, 210, So.)
Jeremy Castro (6-2, 250, Fr.)

Left Inside Linebacker
Patrick Larimore (6-2, 250, Sr.)
Aaron Porter (6-1, 230, Fr.)
Todd Golper (6-0, 235, Jr.)
Ryan Medina (6-1, 230, Sr.)

Right Inside Linebacker
Eric Kendricks (6-0, 230, So.)
Aaron Wallace (6-2, 230, Fr.)
Ryan Hofmeister (6-0, 225, So.)

Right Outside Linebacker
Damien Holmes (6-2, 250, Sr.)
Anthony Barr (6-4, 235, Jr.)
Nate Iese (6-4, 237, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Sean Westgate, 46 tackles, 3 interceptions; two-year starter. Graduated.
Glenn Love, 39 tackles; part-time starter and key reserve. Graduated.
Isaiah Bowens, 9 tackles; key reserve expected to challenge for starting role. Injured.

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UCLA preseason preview: Defensive backs

July, 31, 2012
7/31/12
9:43
PM PT
With UCLA training camp set to begin Saturday at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We went through the offense first, looking at quarterbacks, offensive line, receivers and running backs. Special teams came next and now we begin our breakdown of the defense with the defensive backs.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

Left Cornerback
Sheldon Price (6-2, 180, Sr.)
Anthony Jefferson (6-1, 184, So.)
Erick Zumwalt (5-10, 170, Fr.)

Strong Safety
Andrew Abbott (5-8, 180, Sr.)
Dalton Hilliard (5-11, 198, Sr.)
Dylan Price (5-10, 206, So.)

Free Safety
Tevin McDonald (5-11, 185, So.)
Stan McKay (6-1, 205, Jr.)
Anthony Thompson (6-1, 208, Fr.)

Right Cornerback
Aaron Hester (6-1, 207, Sr.)
Brandon Sermons (6-0, 195, Jr.)
Marcus Rios (6-0, 180, Fr.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHART:

Left Cornerback
Sheldon Price (6-2, 180, Sr.)
Anthony Jefferson (6-1, 184, So.)
Marcus Rios (6-0, 180, Fr.)
Erick Zumwalt (5-10, 170, Fr.)

Strong Safety
Dalton Hilliard (5-11, 198, Sr.)
Andrew Abbott (5-8, 180, Sr.)
Taylor Lagace (6-1, 200, Fr.)
Dylan Price (5-10, 206, So.)

Free Safety
Tevin McDonald (5-11, 185, So.)
Stan McKay (6-1, 205, Jr.)
Kenny Orjioke (6-4, 222, Fr.)

Right Cornerback
Aaron Hester (6-1, 207, Sr.)
Ishmael Adams (5-8, 186, Fr.)
Brandon Sermons (6-0, 195, Jr.)
Randall Goforth (5-10, 173, Fr.)
Justin Combs (5-7, 162, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Tony Dye, safety, team leader in tackles in 2010. Graduated.
Alex Mascarenas, safety, key reserve in 2011. Medical retirement.
Dietrich Riley, safety, five-game starter in 2011. Injured.

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UCLA season preview: Special teams

July, 31, 2012
7/31/12
3:21
PM PT
With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We've gone through the offense by looking at quarterbacks, offensive line, receivers and running backs. Before switching to defense, we'll take a look at the guys who help make that transition: Special teams specialists.

DEPTH CHARTS AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

FG Kicker
Joe Roberts (6-1, 206, So.)

Kickoffs
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)

Punter
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)
Michael Leamy (5-11, 183, Fr.)

Punt / Kickoff Return
None. These positions were listed in numerical order because of the ongoing competition.

Long Snapper
Kevin McDermott (6-4, 234, Sr.)
(others listed numerically)
Peter Hajimihalis (5-6, 180, Fr.)
Jay Weneta (6-0, 216, Fr.)
Christopher Longo (6-3, 200, Fr.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHARTS:

FG Kicker
Ka'imi Fairbairn (6-0, 171, Fr.)
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)

Kickoffs
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)
Ka'imi Fairbairn (6-0, 171, Fr.)

Punter
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)
Ka'imi Fairbairn (6-0, 171, Fr.)

Punt Return
Shaq Evans (6-1, 201, Jr.)
Ricky Marvray (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Steven Manfro (5-9, 192, Fr.)
Devin Lucien (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Kenny Walker (5-9, 175, Fr.)
Randall Goforth (5-10, 173, Fr.)

Kickoff Return
Steven Manfro (5-9, 192, Fr.)
Jordon James (5-8, 193, So.)
Damien Thigpen (5-8, 178, Jr.)
Andrew Abbott (5-8, 180, Sr.)
Kenny Walker (5-9, 175, Fr.)
Randall Goforth (5-10, 173, Fr.)

Long Snapper
Kevin McDermott (6-4, 234, Sr.)
Christopher Longo (6-3, 200, Fr.)
Peter Hajimihalis (5-6, 180, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Kip Smith, FG kicker, transfered.
Tyler Gonzalez, FG kicker, graduated.
Josh Smith, kick returner, graduated.
Taylor Embree, punt returner, graduated.

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UCLA season preview: Running backs

July, 30, 2012
7/30/12
10:36
AM PT
With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We overviewed the quarterbacks, offensive line and receivers and will now complete the offense by previewing the running backs.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:
Tailback
Johnathan Franklin (5-11, 195, Sr.)
Malcolm Jones (6-0, 220, Jr.)
Steven Manfro (5-9, 192, Fr.)
Damien Thigpen (5-8, 178, Jr.)
Melvin Emesibe (5-9, 197, Fr.)

Fullback
David Allen (6-2, 225, Sr.)
Alek Cusick (6-0, 215, Jr.)
Luke Gane (6-1, 242, So.)
Phillip Ruhl (6-0, 235, So.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHART:
Tailback
Johnathan Franklin (5-11, 195, Sr.)
Malcolm Jones (6-0, 220, Jr.)
Steven Manfro (5-9, 192, Fr.)
Damien Thigpen (5-8, 178, Jr.)
Paul Perkins (5-11, 192, Fr.)
Fabian Moreau (6-0, 180, Fr.)
Melvin Emesibe (5-9, 197, Fr.)

Fullback
David Allen (6-2, 225, Sr.)
Alek Cusick (6-0, 215, Jr.)
Luke Gane (6-1, 242, So.)
Phillip Ruhl (6-0, 235, So.)

KEY LOSSES:
Derrick Coleman, 152 carries, 794 yards, 11 TDs. Graduated.

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UCLA preseason preview: Receivers

July, 28, 2012
7/28/12
3:31
PM PT
With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We looked at quarterbacks and the offensive line earlier this week. We stick with the offense and check in a group that must replace its two most productive members over the last three season: Receivers.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

X (receiver)
Jerry Johnson (6-3, 211, Sr.) OR
Devin Lucien (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Sam Handler (5-10, 195, Fr.)

Y (receiver)
Joseph Fauria (6-7, 255, Sr.) OR
Darius Bell (5-10, 205, Jr.)
John Young (6-6, 255, Fr.)
Jordan Barrett (6-2, 255, Jr.)
Jackson Reeder (6-3, 194, Fr.)

F (receiver)
Ricky Marvray (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Jordon James (5-8, 193, So.)
Roosevelt Davis (5-6, 155, Fr.)

Z (receiver)
Shaq Evans (6-1, 201,Jr.)
Jerry Rice, Jr. (5-11, 185, Jr.)
Logan Sweet (6-0, 185, Fr.)
Tyler Scott (6-2, 205, Fr.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHART:

X (receiver)
Jerry Johnson (6-3, 211, Sr.)
Devin Lucien (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Javon Williams (6-5, 180, Fr.)
Sam Handler (5-10, 195, Fr.)
Christoph Bono (6-1, 162, Fr.)

Y (receiver)
Joseph Fauria (6-7, 255, Sr.)
Darius Bell (5-10, 205, Jr.)
John Young (6-6, 255, Fr.)
Jordan Barrett (6-2, 255, Jr.)
Jackson Reeder (6-3, 194, Fr.)

F (receiver)
Jordon James (5-8, 193, So.)
Ricky Marvray (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Kenny Walker (5-10, 171, Fr.)
Ahmaad Harris (5-6, 155, Fr.)
Roosevelt Davis (5-6, 155, Fr.)

Z (receiver)
Shaq Evans (6-1, 201, Jr.)
Jordan Payton (6-2, 214, Fr.)
Jerry Rice, Jr. (5-11, 185, Jr.)
Tyler Scott (6-2, 205, Fr.)
Logan Sweet (6-0, 185, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Nelson Rosario, 64 catches, 1,161 yards, 5 TDs. Graduated.
Taylor Embree, 20 catches, 228 yards, 2 TDs. Graduated.
Josh Smith, 11 catches, 243 yards, 1 TD. Graduated.
Cory Harkey, 1 catch, 10 yards. Graduated.
Anthony Barr, 3 catches, 16 yards, 1 TD. Switched to linebacker.

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UCLA preseason preview: Offensive Line

July, 27, 2012
7/27/12
11:34
AM PT
With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins, position-by-position.

We started with quarterbacks and now move to the guys expected to protect the quarterback: The offensive line.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

Left Tackle
Xavier Su'a-Filo (6-4, 295, So.)
Michael Padovese (6-5, 310, Fr.)

Left Guard
Wade Yandall (6-4, 315, So.)
Alexandru Ceachir (6-5, 305, So.)
Ben Wysocki (6-4, 295, Fr.)

Center
Greg Capella (6-4, 292, Jr.) OR
Jake Brendel (6-4, 295, Fr.)
Tre Hale (6-1, 308, So.)
Kody Innes (6-3, 291, So.)

Right Guard
Jeff Baca (6-3, 290, Sr.)
Alberto Cid (6-3, 310, Jr.)
Chris Ward (6-4, 305, Jr.)

Right Tackle
Torian White (6-5, 285, Fr.)
Will Oliver (6-7, 290, Fr.)
Brett Downey (6-6, 305, Sr.)

PROJECTED OPENING DAY DEPTH CHART:

Left Tackle
Xavier Su'a-Filo (6-4, 295, So.)
Simon Goines (6-7, 324, Fr.)
Michael Padovese (6-5, 310, Fr.)
Conor McDermott (6-8, 247, Fr.)

Left Guard
Alberto Cid (6-3, 310, Jr.)
Alexandru Ceachir (6-5, 305, So.)
Ben Wysocki (6-4, 295, Fr.)

Center
Jake Brendel (6-4, 295, Fr.)
Carl Hulick (6-2, 300, Fr.)
Tre Hale (6-1, 308, So.)
Kody Innes (6-3, 291, So.)

Right Guard
Greg Capella (6-4, 292, Jr.)
Chris Ward (6-4, 305, Jr.)
Colby Cyburt (6-4, 265, Fr.)

Right Tackle
Jeff Baca (6-3, 290, Sr.)
Torian White (6-5, 285, Fr.)
Brett Downey (6-6, 305, Sr.)
Will Oliver (6-7, 290, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES
Mike Harris, 14-game starter at tackle. Graduated
Kai Maiava, 13-game starter at center. Graduated
Sean Sheller, Started 13 games the last two years. Graduated
Wade Yandall, Projected starter at guard took a medical retirement (concussion).

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UCLA preseason preview: Quarterbacks

July, 26, 2012
7/26/12
12:45
PM PT

Jason O. Watson/US Preswire
Brett Hundley was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation two years ago.

With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, it's time to take a preseason look at the roster and break down the Bruins position by position.

We start with the position of greatest interest: Quarterbacks.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

None. The post-spring depth chart was listed in alphabetical order because the coaching staff had not decided on a quarterback.

PROJECTED DEPTH CHART ON OPENING DAY:

Brett Hundley (Fr., 6-3, 223)
Richard Brehaut (Sr., 6-2, 230) OR
Kevin Prince (Sr., 6-2, 225)
Jerry Neuheisel (Fr., 6-1, 195)
Devin Fuller (Fr., 6-0, 195)
Mike Fafaul (Fr., 6-2, 200)
T.J. Millweard (Fr., 6-3, 220)

2011 STARTER
Prince (10 games) 126-224 (56.2 percent), 1,828 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INTs
Brehaut (4 games) 67-121 (55.4 percent), 948 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT

THE SKINNY:

The UCLA quarterback situation has been unsettled for the better part of the last decade, and this year is no different.

UCLA quarterbacks combined to complete a mere 55.78 percent of their passes last season and a paltry 50.9 the year before. Those figures ranked No. 93 and No. 115 in the nation and will have to improve to make UCLA a more potent offense.

Prince is the incumbent who can't seem to stay healthy. Brehaut is the backup whose light finally seemed to turn on last season. Hundley is the redshirt freshman who was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation two years ago. Those three battled throughout the spring, but none emerged with the job.

Coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone have set a deadline of Aug. 16 to name a starter, though the announcement could come earlier, Mora said, if it becomes clear who the guy would be. They are putting in a new, uptempo spread offense that will look far different than the Pistol of the past two seasons and want to be sure they pick the right guy to run it.

Mora, asked this week where he stood in the decision-making process said "I have a feeling, but still need to be convinced." He also talked about trying to project players and how a guy with upside will eventually pass a guy who is playing at a steady level. Put two and two together and it was a thinly veiled suggestion that Hundley is the leader and as long as he doesn't fall on his face the first two weeks of camp, the freshman will win the job.

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