Some of the best news regarding UCLA Football came out the week after the Spring Showcase: Myles Jack will play offense! The Pac-12’s 2013 Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year had been rumored to play only linebacker according to UCLA coaches during Spring Practice. Any chance of Jack getting his hands on the ball as a running back in the fall was shot down immediately, much to the dismay of new RB coach, Kennedy Polamalu.
RB coach Kennedy Polamalu, on potentially getting LB Myles Jack some backfield reps: “I’ve been told, ‘Stay away.’”
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) April 18, 2014
It looks like Coach Polamalu is getting his wish, which is great news for Bruin fans who were hoping to get another look at the ironman football player for the 2014-15 season. Head Coach Jim Mora revealed to the Pac-12 that Jack would indeed see some time on the offense. The news came in conjunction with UCLA being revealed as the focus of the Pac-12 Network’s documentary series, ‘The Drive: Pac-12 Football’ for its second season.
Last season, Jack had only played five games on the offensive side of the ball, but made it worth UCLA’s wild in that short time. He had the fourth most yards on the team with 267, averaging 7.0 yards per carry with 7 touchdowns. In his first game on offense against Arizona, he was utilized in a special package that was meant for short yardage, but then the amazing happened.
Jack will be back, ladies and gentlemen. Mora has spoken.