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Aaron Hester is a prime culprit
Last season, the Bruins committed a little more than six penalties per game.
That number isn't terrible by any means, but it was the types of penalties that effectively made the Bruins a 6-8 football team.
Untimely penalties often crippled both offensive drives and defensive stops. Inevitably, any semblance of momentum was effectively ended.
The offensive line routinely committed false-start penalties. These penalties didn't help what would be described as a fledgling offense.
With UCLA's ineptness in terms of throwing the football, it made UCLA's offense very predictable and ineffective.
The bread-and-butter of last year's team was running the football. When put in long-yardage situations, the offense simply couldn't deliver.
Defensively, senior cornerback Aaron Hester was a prime culprit. The Compton native has had a career marred by pass-interference penalties.
Hester is very good in press coverage, but often loses sight of the ball when it's in the air. It often leaves him susceptible to using his hands and committing fouls.
What do these penalties stem from? A lack of concentration and discipline.
In a contest against Utah last year, UCLA committed a staggering 12 penalties—10 of which came in the first half alone!
If UCLA is to make the leap from being an average football team, the amount of inopportune penalties have to be curtailed.