Eric Kendricks at media day
UCLA will usher in a new defensive coordinator in the form of Jeff Ulbrich. The former San Francisco 49ers linebacker had previously been the linebackers coach until former defensive coordinator Lou Spanos went back to the NFL.
As Mora alludes to below, Ulbrich should offer assistance in regards to both on-field play and off-field guidance.
I think it helps our defense and specifically our linebackers. Jeff played that position at a high level. Ten years, one team in the NFL, that doesn't happen much. So that speaks about Jeff's ability as a player and also about the type of person he is. So he's able to go in every day and meet with these kids and teach them lessons.
It will be fascinating to see how the scheme could change. Under Spanos, UCLA's base defense was a 3-4. With Ulbrich at the helm, we could see more of a 4-2-5 or a 3-3-5 alignment. This could be done in order to utilize UCLA's depth at defensive line and in the secondary.
It also helps having a captain of the defense like Kendricks. Mora was incredibly effusive in his praise of the senior linebacker.
Eric is a real leader for us and in his own quiet way. He doesn't say a lot, so when he does, it holds some weight. It's usually significant. He's an excellent football player. He's fast, he's quick, he's tenacious.