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Steven Manfro had a solid freshman campaign
There's a litany of players on the roster that have been and could be contributors next season. Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's offense requires a fast tempo. It also functions frequently with multiple receiver sets. There will be constant substituting and a utilization of many offensive skill players.
Hybrid running back/wide receiver Steven Manfro had a solid start to last season. The versatile athlete was employed as a slot receiver and out of the backfield on occasion.
Manfro was also featured prominently in the return game. However, he muffed three punts in consecutive games and saw his role lessen as a result. Still, the soon-to-be redshirt sophomore is a young player that has the ability to play multiple positions.
Darius Bell could assume the starting role at the "Y" position. A former quarterback, Bell has great hands. While not blessed with tremendous speed or size, he's shown a knack to get open and exploit little pockets of space out on the field.
Running back Jordon James will be in a battle for the running back position. This past season, James often looked far too tentative and didn't exactly hit the hole with any force. He does have great agility and lateral movement, but he needs to run more north and south as opposed to east and west. When he does, he'll be much more effective.
One player with the potential to break out and be a real weapon is Kenneth Walker. The Richmond, Calif., native is one of the fastest players on football team. He can play as a running back, but he has been mostly employed as a wide receiver during his time at UCLA.
Once he improves his vision and gets more polished as a receiver, the sky is truly the limit. His physical tools are outstanding, and he can be the game-breaker that the Bruins have lacked in recent years.
Of the 2013 commitments, the two that could theoretically make an impact early from a receiver's standpoint are Eldridge Massington and Thomas Duarte. It would not be a shock to see both play—and potentially start next season.