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UCLA Football: 5 Young Players That Must Step Up for the Bruins in 2013
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The UCLA Bruins have a great batch of young talent that needs to step up heading into 2013. 

After surprising the nation in 2012 with a 9-5 record—thanks in large part to the coaching of Jim Mora Jr. and the emergence of Brett Hundley under center—the defending Pac-12 South champions still appear to be trending upwards. 

While there is plenty of experience on both sides of the ball, the Bruins do lose some key players such as Datone Jones, Jonathan Franklin, Jerry Johnson and Joseph Fauria. 

With these departures, UCLA will need some of its younger, more inexperienced players to contribute effectively. 

Luckily, there have been plenty of high-profile recruits trickling into Los Angeles over the last several seasons, so that should not be too much of a problem. 

This is a list of five players at key positions that must step up in 2013 in order for the Bruins to continue their success. 

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