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Sunday, January 5, 2014
UCLA is South favorite with Hundley

By Ted Miller


UCLA will be your 2014 Pac-12 South Division favorite, an expectation that runs concurrently with the report from ESPN's Adam Schefter that quarterback Brett Hundley will return for his redshirt junior season and not enter the NFL draft.

Hundley, according to Schefter, might have ended up as the first quarterback taken this spring, but that represents a projection of his tremendous upside because it was clear this season that he could have benefited from more seasoning in college. It also will help him that his offensive line, which started three true freshmen for much of 2013, should be much better next fall.

Brett Hundley
UCLA QB Brett Hundley, who threw for 3,071 yards and 24 TDs in 2013, returns to the Bruins next fall.
Hundley passed for 3,071 yards and 24 touchdowns with nine interceptions, completing 67.2 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had touchdown runs of 86 and seven yards in UCLA's 42-12 victory over Virginia Tech last week in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. He finished the game with 161 yards on 10 carries and also completed 16 of 27 passes for 226 yards and two scores.

With Hundley back, that makes eight Pac-12 teams that welcome back a returning starter behind center. Only Arizona and Washington are uncertain at the position in advance of spring practices, though Cyler Miles is a heavy favorite to replace Keith Price this fall for the Huskies.

Utah still awaits a report on the longterm health of QB Travis Wilson, while Oregon State QB Sean Mannion still has not announced whether he will return or enter the draft.

Further, Hundley gives the Pac-12 a troika of potential preseason All-Americans at the position: Hundley, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Arizona State's Taylor Kelly.