Head Coach Jim Mora now entering his fifth season at helm for the Bruins. The offense will look a different look and feel behind new offensive Coordinator Kennedy Polamalu. Coach Mora was pleased with new install, “Every day they got a little bit better.”
The Bruins return 12 starters from last year 4 offense, 8 defense (1 IR). At first glance on the Bruins defense starters look strong but handful of these guys we pushed into starting roles due to early injuries. If the offseason weight program holds true to form this group will compete every week in PAC-12. Defensive Tackle Eddie Vanderdoes will be anchor in their front seven to help athletic Linebackers fly around. Their opening game verse Texas A&M will let them see if they are ready to be physical. Jaleel Wadood at Safety will look to lead they “No Fly Zone” when teams resort to the pass trying to catch up to the Bruins.
Now going into his second season under center Josh Rosen will have a better grasp of the speed of the game and his personal confidence in the pocket. His blindside has the two returners on offensive line which is always a plus. The Bruins still need to keep the injury bug away from their lineman so Rosen can have the breakout year all of Bruin fans are waiting for. The running game will bring a great balance to the offense with power of Nate Starks and Soso Jamabo will glide through defense. One big move in spring ball was converted DB Ishmael Adams now at receiver. This move will allow for more probability of explosive plays by Adams who showed off moves previous years on special teams as a returner.
UCLA will hold its own fate this year like last year, if Bruins want the PAC-12 South title they must take it! They face Stanford, Washington State, and USC all at home what more could ask for? Maybe not having Oregon or Washington on the schedule, wait they don’t play either team this year until PAC-12 Championship game.
Prediction: 1st PAC-12 South, Holiday Bowl