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If you do not know the name Phil Steele, you probably do not follow college football. Steele is one of the premier college football analysts in the country and every summer, college football fans flock to newsstands to pick up his yearly magazine Phil Steele’s College Football Preview.
Aside from analysis and predictions of every team in every conference in the nation, Phil Steele gives us his take on several different subjects in his 300+ page publication.
Today, Steele released his selections for his preseason All-America teams and three UCLA football players made the list:
Jake Brendel, C – 4th team Offense
Myles Jack, ILB – 2nd team Defense
Kenny Clark, NT – 4th team Defense
Considering that Steele chose 96 total players for offense and defense, having three Bruins recognized for their contributions and predicting them to do great things next season says something about what UCLA is doing in the eyes of the nation.
Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Jake Brendel (54) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Bruins will be anchored on the offensive line by senior Jake Brendel who was recently announced as a Rimington Trophy candidate which is given out to the nation’s top center.
This will be the first year Brendel works with a new quarterback as he has snapped the ball to former QB Brett Hundley for the last three years. Hundley was selected by the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFL Draft. Though it will be a change, Brendel should be able to handle himself seeing as he is bringing a lot of experience to the 2015 Bruin offense.
Myles Jack is nationally known and for his upcoming junior season, the former Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year will be leading the defense. With Eric Kendricks, UCLA’s all-time leading tackler off to the pros, Jack will be the defensive vocal and emotional leader for the Bruin’s 2015 campaign.
Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Kenny Clark (97) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. UCLA defeated Arizona State 62-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Kenneth Clark is a player that will get attention this year as the starting defensive/nose tackle. Not only did his development take a huge step forward last season, but next year he will add experience to a young, thin line. Though he will share the duties with Takkarist McKinley and Eddie Vanderdoes, behind them is a lot of youth, which means these three Bruins will be heavily relied upon this fall.