After a 9-5 campaign in 2012, the UCLA Bruins will host their annual spring game on Saturday in hopes of solidifying their lineup for the upcoming 2013 season.
Returning on offense is standout quarterback Brett Hundley, who according to quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, would be the best quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft.
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QB coach @steveclarkson tells @RossJonesFOX that if eligible, @UCLA's Brett Hundley would be 'top pick' in #NFLDraft: http://t.co/Ys2duxCnDm2013-4-19 19:57:42
After going 3-2 against top 25 teams last season, the Bruins are looking to forget about the way their season ended, with three straight losses to Stanford (back-to-back) and Baylor in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday bowl.
With a solid recruiting class entering the 2013 season, only time will tell if UCLA has enough firepower to keep up with Stanford and Oregon in the Pac-12.
Here's your guide for UCLA's spring game on Saturday.
When: Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. PT
Where: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif.
Watch: Pac-12 Network/Pac-12.com
Listen: AM 570
Offensive Player to Watch: QB Brett Hundley
Quarterback Brett Hundley had an impressive freshman campaign in 2012 and will be looking to carry that confidence into the 2013 season.
Hundley threw for more than 3,700 yards, 29 touchdowns and a 66 percent completion percentage while tossing only 11 interceptions. The 6'3" QB proved to be a threat on the ground as well, rushing for 355 yards and nine touchdowns while leading an offense that averaged better than 34 points per game.
What's even scarier for the rest of the Pac-12 is the fact that Hundley looks even better this spring, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.
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Brett Hundley having a great spring: "Looks like a different kid," said #UCLA OC Noel Mazzone. "He's been a lot more consistent & accurate."2013-4-23 18:37:10
Barring injury, I think you're looking at the No. 1 quarterback of the 2014 draft class.
Defensive Player to Watch: LB Anthony Barr
If there was ever proof that a running back could make the transition to linebacker, it's Anthony Barr.
Barr spent his first two seasons at UCLA as a running back and made the switch to linebacker during his junior season, and it certainly paid off. The 6'4" LB was named 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for his 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss.
With a full season at linebacker under his belt, Barr enters his 2013 senior season as the leader of the Bruins defense. With another phenomenal season at UCLA this season, there's no doubting that Barr will be one of the top picks in the 2014 NFL draft.
Barr coming back to UCLA for his senior season shows that he wants his degree and that he values his teammates over NFL stardom—those are intangibles you simply can't teach.
The Bruins' season begins on Saturday, Aug. 31 at home against Nevada.
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