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Hundley was recruited by former head coach Rick Neuheisel, partly due to his running ability.
The pistol offense is predicated upon zone reads and having the ability to "take off" when the pocket collapses, and Hundley certainly has the ability to do so.
With offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's spread offense being incorporated, Hundley's ability to use his legs will definitely be showcased and utilized.
The current state of UCLA's offensive line is shaky, at best. Expected starters Jeff Baca, Alberto Cid and Greg Capella are currently sidelined with various physical ailments (concussion-like symptoms and a calf injury).
In addition, the embattled group is relying on sophomore Xavier Su'a-Filo as a lynchpin at left tackle. Su'a-Filo is undoubtedly the most talented member of the unit, but he hasn't played football in over two years due to serving an LDS mission.
As it currently stands, the starting five for the season opener at Rice would include a player who hasn't played in years, a walk-on (Brett Downey) and three redshirt freshmen (Jake Brendel, Torian White, Ben Wysocki) who've yet to see action in a collegiate game.
Hundley's ability to evade defenders and escape the pocket when it breaks down is paramount.
With the offensive line being such a question mark, expect Hundley to be utilized not only on quick throws but also on roll outs and play action plays.
His elusiveness is key—especially to compensate for a beat-up and subpar offensive line. His running capability will give the Bruins an added dimension absent in recent years and offer an exciting outlet, should a play break down due to pressure from the opposing defense.