UCLA Football Spring Showcase – Three Themes To Look For

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Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Myles Jack (30) tackles Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Cameron Smith at Sun Devil Stadium. UCLA defeated Arizona State 62-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Defense Does Not Rest

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The one thing about the UCLA defense that has impressed me this Spring Practice is the fact that they look like they have not missed a step since the Alamo Bowl. And maybe it is just me, but with new defensive coordinator Tom Bradley at the helm, the Bruins look slightly better. The best way to put it is that they appear more fundamentally sound.

That has made for some good development, hard work and a lot of hungry football players that are looking to land a starting spot in the fall. What that means for Bruin fans at the Rose Bowl or watching on the Pac-12 Network is that we get to see how it will all start to come together.

The defense knows eyes will be on them, especially with the Spring Showcase televised. Because of that, look for several players on the defense to shine.

Players to look for: Myles Jack, Kenny Young, Takkarist McKinley, Deon Hollins, Eddie Vanderdoes, Kenny Clark, Randall Goforth, Ishmael Adams, Fabian Moreau, Jaleel Wadood, basically the entire starting defense.

Positions to look for Myles Jack to play: Inside Linebacker, short-yardage running back, kick returner