The backfield is a major question mark heading into the season.
UCLA has depth at the position. At this point (not including incoming freshmen), there are four legitimate options. However, it doesn't appear as if UCLA has a true bell cow back among the group.
Senior Jordon James will probably get the first crack at the starting gig. The Corona, California, native is a solid runner with good quickness and agility. Paul Perkins will likely be his primarily reserve. Perkins isn't overly quick or explosive, but he's a productive back. Perkins and James combined for over 1,000 yards a season ago.
Steven Manfro and Craig Lee comprise the rest of the depth chart. Manfro, quicker than fast, is adept at catching passes out of the backfield.
The key to the group is Lee. The redshirt freshman is the most talented member of the group. He's not only the biggest, but he is also the fastest.
Integrating Lee into the mix is vital. UCLA's chances at usurping the conference crown from Stanford could ultimately rely on Lee's effectiveness as a runner. In a perfect world, he'd have a massive role within the offense.
Having a consistent rush attack will help in keeping Hundley healthy. In theory, it would enable Hundley to run the zone read with less frequency. With the paper-thin depth at quarterback, an injury to Hundley could be devastating.