UCLA embarks on the first steps of a highly anticipated season next month with the opening of spring practice. Coming off the program's first 10-win finish in eight years and with the most returning starters in the Pac-12 Conference, the Bruins are drawing plenty of national attention.
Outlets including Sports Illustrated have UCLA tabbed in the top 10 of the preseason rankings. Meeting uncharacteristically high expectations requires players who have not contributed in the past to mature into prominent roles and role players to develop into stars.
The upcoming series of 15 practices allotted by the NCAA is a prime opportunity for those who will help carry the Bruins in a competitive conference race to emerge.