By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm in off-season stuff.
No. 6 UCLA: There are some who believe that the Bruins will be one of the most improved teams in the conference this year. We’re having trouble figuring out how they will be much different than last year. UCLA has a ton of questions on offense, with quarterback and the offensive line being the most uncertain. Kevin Prince hasn’t taken a live snap since the first game of his senior season of high school. And with a suspect offensive line, it’s hard to imagine much success in the passing game. Wide receiver Terrence Austin is a home run threat, but there’s not much else offensively that will alter a defensive coordinator’s game plan. UCLA once again has some pieces in place on defense, with outstanding defensive tackle Brian Price and cornerback Alterraun Verner. Korey Bosworth and Reggie Carter anchor a respectable linebacking corps. The Bruins finished in eighth place last season, so this projection has them improving incrementally. If they can find some instant contributors from a highly rated recruiting class, it could make an impact.