UCLA Football: Would Asiantii Woulard Be Ready to Take the Reins in 2014?

Jason FrayCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2014

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 31:  Asiantii Woulard #2 of the UCLA Bruins warms up before the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Rose Bowl on August 31, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It's not known what Brett Hundley's decision will be. 

UCLA's star quarterback is a redshirt sophomore. As such, he has the choice of potentially leaving school early in favor of the NFL.

Hundley ended this season in great fashion, throwing for 226 yards and rushing for 161 yards in a 42-12 victory over Virginia Tech. 

During his career at Westwood, the signal-caller from Chandler, Ariz. has broken numerous UCLA records. Hundley established marks in single-season completions, single-season passing yardage and single-season total offense. 

Based on physical ability, Hundley would likely be a first or second-round draft choice in the 2014 NFL Draft.

It could behoove Hundley to stay an extra year in college. The quarterback position in the NFL is at such a premium. Quarterbacks entering the professional ranks are expected to compete right away and perform. If one is a high draft pick, the pressure is intensified even further. 

Hundley, while a great athlete, isn't completely polished. His vision from within the pocket could stand to improve. His accuracy on deeper routes hasn't been great, and overall consistency is an aspect of Hundley's game that he could improve. 

Regardless of the nitpicking, he stands to be a hot commodity, should he enter the draft. 

In the event that Hundley does leave, it'll likely be up to redshirt Asiantii Woulard to take the reins of the UCLA offense. 

Woulard came to UCLA under interesting circumstances. He was a long-time commitment to South Florida. The Palm Bay, Fla. native ended up changing his mind and opened up his recruiting process. 

UCLA was very fortunate in signing the 4-star prospect. As per Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News, Jim Mora even mentioned on signing day in 2013 that, "[The Bruins], quite frankly, got lucky that he was out there and available when he was. The stars kind of aligned for us."

Woulard was an unheralded prospect until bursting onto the scene in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp. Prior to his junior year, Woulard was a wide receiver. His junior season was the first in which Woulard even played as a quarterback. 

At the Elite 11, Woulard won MVP honors. According to Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.com, camp counselor and former NFL quarterback, Trent Dilfer spoke about Woulard in an extremely positive manner. When asked why Woulard won the event, Dilfer said: "Greatness is making the highly difficult look very easy and that's what Asiantii did."

As a result of his rapid development, ESPN had Woulard as its No. 1 dual-threat quarterback for 2013.

Woulard redshirted this past season. In the same article (as above) by the Los Angeles Daily News' Jack Wang, it was reported how incredibly impressive Woulard looked in fall camp. He flashed a big-time arm and nice mobility.

He isn't a finished prospect by any stretch. Woulard is still very new to the quarterback position, and he will have to work on learning the nuances and intricacies of the position. 

A potential departure by Hundley will likely thrust Woulard into the limelight. Based on his interviews, he's an intelligent and calm individual with confidence. He doesn't appear as if he'd get rattled very easily. 

As for his physical traits, he should be able to be a nice fit in Noel Mazzone's offense. Growing pains would likely come in his redshirt freshman campaign. There would be an adjustment period in terms of getting actual time in a college game. 

From a pure talent standpoint, Woulard's upside is infinite. Best case scenario would have Hundley man the position for one more year. Woulard would take over as a redshirt sophomore with two years of polishing under his proverbial belt.