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The Bruins were dealt a blow with the departure of Xavier Su'a-Filo to the NFL.
Not only was Su'a-Filo UCLA's best offensive linemen by a wide margin, he also provided the young group with quality leadership. His versatility from the standpoint of playing as a tackle or guard will be sorely missed as well.
The injury bug yet again reared its ugly head in 2013. Physical ailments and the UCLA offensive line are beginning to become synonymous with one another on an annual basis.
Fortunately for the Bruins, Su'a-Filo will be the only prominent member not to return in 2014. Tackles Torian White, Simon Goines and Conor McDermott all will be healthy by the start of fall camp. Young players such as Poasi Moala and Kenny Lacy figure to be integrated into the mix.
At this point, Jake Brendel is a lock at center. White should figure to have a stranglehold at one of the tackle positions. From there, things get interesting.
Alex Redmond was named to the Freshman All-America team. He should start at left guard again this upcoming year. Caleb Benenoch played at right tackle once Goines went down with an injury. He does have the ability to play at guard. Should Goines come back fully healthy, Benenoch could slide over and play at the other guard spot.
Expect Scott Quessenberry to be a super-sub of sorts. He's equipped with the tools to play as a center or as a guard. He'll likely be the first man up in the event of an injury to either of the positions. Moala has considerable upside and should battle to start at one of the tackle positions.