It came out earlier today that UCLA Bruin punter Sean Covington is no longer with the football program. According to BruinReportOnline.com, it is unknown why the true sophomore has left the program. In the mean time, head coach Jim Mora has already acted fast in getting a replacement for the upcoming year with Long Beach City College transfer Matt Mengel.
Sophomore punter Sean Covington is no longer with the UCLA football program.
— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) July 26, 2014
Last season, Covington showed flashes of greatness in his first (and only) year with the Bruins. The key Special Teams player averaged 42.6 yards per punt, making him the fourth most proficient punter in the Pac-12. Covington had gained 1,830 net yards, topped off with a long of 67. Despite a very good offense behind Brett Hundley, there were times when the Bruins needed to get out of some tight jams and Covington was the one person called for that specific duty.
Make no mistake, this is a big loss for the Bruins, though the quick move by Mora in obtaining Mengel should help the stop the bleeding until the newest Bruin gets acclimated to UCLA’s style of play. Mengel will enter the Bruin program as a walk-on junior, with a chance to earn a scholarship.