Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
Hundley celebrates with OL Jeff Baca after the game in Tempe
The UCLA offensive line had a tough day against Arizona State, giving up five sacks and numerous other hurry-up hits. The Sun Devils exploited several weaknesses along the O-line, raising a myriad of concerns for Jim Mora and his staff.
In the end, the Bruins still managed to pull out the win. But if they want to keep winning, there will have to be some answers up front. Here are the grades for each starting lineman:
LT Torian White
Redshirt freshman Torian White has started every game at left tackle and has locked down Hundley's blind side all year. Against the Sun Devils, White continued his solid play. The 6'5", 285-pound behemoth was able to consistently force the ASU pressure outside, opening up running lanes for the backs and giving Hundley plenty of time to make his reads. White should only get better as he gains more experience and adjusts to the speed of the college game.
LG Xavier Su'a-Filo
Xavier Su'a-Filo is only a sophomore, but he plays with the poise of a veteran.
The 6'4", 295-pound left guard was picked to be a team captain this year, despite not playing football since 2009. On Saturday, Su'a-Filo went to work, thwarting the plans of the conference-leading ASU pass rush with an unrelenting push alongside Torian White.
The only blemish on Su'a-Filo's performance was a chop-block penalty that forced UCLA to throw when the Bruins should have been killing the clock.
C Jake Brendel
The center is ultimately responsible for the execution of the entire O-line, so a large part of the blame for Hundley's five sacks falls on Jake Brendel. The freshman from Plano, Texas struggled to identify Arizona State's blitzing packages and failed to call protection assignments accordingly. As a result, Hundley and RB Johnathan Franklin took a lot of big hits. Brendel also committed a holding penalty, which makes his performance all the more forgettable.
RG Jeff Baca
As the only senior on the offensive line, Jeff Baca is supposed to be the glue that holds all the youngsters together. But the 6'3", 295-pound guard hasn't lived up to his lofty expectations so far in 2012.
In Tempe, Baca was beaten badly on multiple occasions, allowing his man to get into the backfield and take Hundley down. He was also called for a rare offensive facemask, a 15-yard penalty that gave the Devils another lease on life. Baca will need to develop consistency for UCLA to be successful down the stretch.
RT Simon Goines
True freshman Simon Goines has been a force out of the Bruins' right tackle spot, but he has battled injury in recent weeks. Goines had to exit the ASU game after re-aggravating a knee injury that he suffered against Utah before the bye week. The native of Keller, Texas measures in at a beastly 6'7", 324 pounds. UCLA will definitely miss his size along the O-line if he is forced to sit out serious time.