Oct 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Devin Fuller (7) runs for the end zone to score a first half touchdown against the Cal Golden Bears at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Football: Predicting The Starting Line Up, Offense

In the last few weeks, Go Joe Bruin has been predating the potential depth charts for UCLA football’s offense for the up-coming season. We had Projected the Depth Charts for Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Receivers and the Offensive Line. Here we will be putting the starters together to see how they work as an 11-man unit.

The predicted starting line-up:

WR: Jordan Payton

TE: Thomas Duarte

RT: Simon Goines

RG: Alex Redmond

C: Jake Brendel

LG: Malcolm Bunche

LT: Caleb Benenoch

HB: Jordan James

QB: Brett Hundley

WR: Devin Lucien

WR: Devin Fuller

Starting with the offensive line, the Bruins have a big, tough force of five guys. Brendel will be in his third year anchoring the middle of the line. Add to that Bunche, who is a transfer from University of Miami with three years of experience under his belt, directly to his left. At right tackle, Goines will handle the strong side going into his third year, which gives the Bruins some good experience. As for the other two, normally when you have two sophomores playing on the line, that could mean trouble, but last season, both Benenoch and Redmond stepped up and got some great experience as true freshmen, especially late in the season. Both are talented big men, which should help mesh the line sooner than later.

To the side of the line, Duarte will get the nod at Tight End. He can help on the line, but what he will really be used for is catching footballs over smaller defenders utilizing his big body. He made a big impact as a freshman last year so expect his game to go even further in 2014.

At Wide Receiver, the Bruins not only look to be a better overall squad, but beyond the starting line-up, they are deep. Fuler, Lucien and Payton know the passing game, they know their schemes and now they will put their experience to the test as they lead what should be a high-flying affair also season long for the Bruins.

The running game is going to cycle in a lot of guys, but the one that they will look to the most is James. He started off hot last season, but missed several games due to injury. Look for James to redeem himself with by going strong game after game.

As for the Quarterback, Hundley is a man that needs no introduction. He is a dangerous dual-threat, especially on the ground. Last year he lead UCLA in rushing with 970 yards. Hopefully, if James stays healthy, he will take over as leading rusher, especially since Hundley looks to do big things in the passing game with the plethora of talented receivers at the Bruin’s disposal.

Overall, the offense is going to be able to move down the field better than they have in a long time. In going big on the run, they should also be able to give great defenses like Stanford a tougher contest than last year. Make no mistake, UCLA football is improved and will be one of the best offenses, if not the best, in the Pac-12 next season.


Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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