Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Center Jake Brendel (54) is a lynchpin within the unit
The offensive line has been a serious area of concern for seemingly upwards of a decade.
Not only has there been a lack of viable depth, but there's also been a dearth of playable—even satisfactory—talent.
Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm made a huge impact during his first year with UCLA. He took a fractured unit and turned it into a respectable one. Not outstanding by any stretch, but one that could compete game to game.
UCLA returns four of the five starters from a year ago. It's no secret that Xavier Su'a-Filo is the most talented of the bunch. He's projected to be an NFL player in the near future.
Aside from "X," there are some question marks. It's still an inexperienced line that has been plagued with inconsistency. Jake Brendel, Simon Goines and Torian White are only going to be sophomores.
Goines and White will flip-flop positions from a year ago; Goines will now operate at left tackle, while White will man the post on the right side of the line.
Additionally, there's still a huge problem in terms of playable depth behind the starting unit. As a result, UCLA went out and signed seven talented offensive linemen from the high school ranks.
A few of them should see play time as true freshmen. However, if possible, most programs avoid exclusively utilizing underclassmen on the offensive line. Those spots are usually reserved for grizzled veterans, who've been in the program for a few years.
For the Bruins, they'll have to rely on a litany of young and inexperienced members out of necessity. That could be a problem against some of the more talented defensive lines that UCLA expects to see throughout the season.