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The Progression of Brett Hundley
Now a redshirt junior, UCLA's signal-caller will be entering his fourth year in the program. Hundley opted to bypass the NFL in order to polish his skills as a passer.
His decision was also helped by the fact that UCLA will be a threat to not only win the Pac-12 but also to compete for a potential spot in the four-team College Football Playoff.
I don't expect him to see extended snaps in this game. However, it will be interesting to see if he's made strides in some areas of concern from last season—namely pocket awareness and accuracy.
The Introduction of Younger Skill Players
A quartet of young skill players will be given a chance to perform in this contest. Receivers Eldridge Massington, Mossi Johnson and Kenny Walker all have the ability to add explosiveness to the wide receiver corps. Johnson and Walker in particular appear to be quick and elusive.
At the running back position, Craig Lee will be introduced. His speed out of the backfield could make him valuable going forward.
The Offensive Line
The offensive line is seemingly always a question mark with this program. The starting tackles in 2013—Torian White and Simon Goines—are both unavailable for the spring. White has been dismissed from the team, and Goines is recuperating from various injuries.
These developments offer young linemen Kenny Lacy, Najee Toran and Poasi Moala a chance to impress the coaching staff. Newcomer Malcolm Bunche is also in the process of being integrated within the unit.