UCLA Football: Offensive Line Shifts an Ominous Sign

AndySenior Analyst IJuly 15, 2008

Whoo boy.  I’m not sure if Dorrell is working some Voodoo magic, Neuheisel’s karma is finally coming back to bite him in the ass, or if it's just plain bad luck, but Dohn wrote a post earlier today that made my stomach churn:

"In an effort to bolster the depth on the offensive line, redshirt freshman tight end Nate Chandler has been shifted to offensive tackle."

Nate Chandler was an elite tight end prospect.  Scout ranked him as the No. 7 TE in the country, and he can most certainly be a game-breaking tight end at the college level.

Yet it's evident that the depth at offensive line is so bad that UCLA has to take this elite tight end, stunt his development at his optimal position, and move him over to tackle.  The funny thing is that Chandler isn’t even the first tight end to move over to the offensive line this year.

Fall camp hasn’t even started yet and the preferred No. 1 QB, Pat Cowan, is out for the season.  Meanwhile, UCLA has already lost not one, but two starting linemen on what was already a suspect offensive line.

Call me a pessimist, but I think it’s going to be a long year.

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