Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's spread scheme utilizes a huge arsenal of wide receivers, from traditional flankers to block-and-go slotbacks.
Interestingly, there is no official tight end position in UCLA's offense, so every pass-catcher is listed as either a WR or a Y (more on that later).
Most of Mazzone's formations feature two receivers split wide, a Y lined up in the slot and a WR alongside the RB in the backfield. As such, there are three true receiver spots on the Bruins' depth chart, not counting the Y or the running back that is often targeted through the air.
With that covered, let's get to the projections.
If junior WR Shaq Evans chooses to bolt for the NFL, UCLA will lose its four leading receivers from 2012, as seniors Joe Fauria, Johnathan Franklin and Jerry Johnson are all on their way out.
But if Evans returns for his senior season, things will be much more settled in Westwood.
The other options at wideout are rising sophomores Devin Lucien, Jordan Payton and Kenneth Walker, as well as incoming freshman Eldridge Massington.
Lucien was on pace to become the Bruins' go-to receiver this year, but he went down with a broken collarbone on September 29 at Colorado.
Prior to his injury, Lucien had hauled in 10 catches for 188 yards, including a 70-yard outing against Nebraska's No. 1 ranked pass defense.
Lucien has been cleared to play in the Holiday Bowl, so look for him to make a statement against Baylor's porous defense heading into the offseason.
Payton and Walker were both major in-state lands for UCLA's 2012 recruiting class, and they both showed flashes of their potential this season.
Payton caught 17 passes for 199 yards and a score, while Walker snagged eight balls for 68 yards. Payton is the more polished of the two and should be a starter in 2013, but Walker is also in the mix for serious snaps.
Massington, a former USC commit who flipped to UCLA last week, is a 4-star prospect who could compete for playing time immediately.
At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Massington will be the tallest receiver on the roster if his commitment holds true. That fact alone is reason for high expectations, but his top-flight athleticism and soft hands have UCLA fans dreaming big.
Operating under the assumption that Evans does not leave for the NFL, here's a look at the Bruins' WR depth chart for 2013.
Wide Receiver (Flanker)
1—Shaquelle Evans, 6'1", 201, RS SR
10—Jordan Payton, 6'2", 205, SO
00—Eldridge Massington, 6'3", 205, FR
Wide Receiver (Split End)
15—Devin Lucien, 6'0", 200, RS SO
21—Kenneth Walker, 5'9", 175, SO
88—Jerry Rice, Jr., 5'11", 186, RS SR
Wide Receiver (Slotback)
33—Steven Manfro, 5'9", 192, RS SO
6—Jordan James, 5'8", 193, RS JR
25—Damien Thigpen, 5'8", 178, RS SR
Note: The slotback position is often filled by a running back and isn't suited for the traditional body type of a tall, lengthy wide receiver. As a result, Manfro and James are likely to get the first look for the versatile SB spot.