If you did not know by now, UCLA football has a lot of talent. Talent that they are getting recognized for. Today, aside from the announcement that Paul Perkins was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, both LB Myles Jack and DT Kenny Clark made it onto the prestigious watch list of 78 defenders for the Bednarik Award. This award is given to the top defender in college football.
Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Myles Jack (30) celebrates with fans following the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. UCLA defeated Arizona State 62-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Myles Jack is a nationally recognized name. Aside from being a two-way player (a trend that has really grown in the last few years, which we credit Jack for), the junior linebacker has been an absolute beast. Last season, though he took on a bigger load with lesser accolades, Jack came into his own as a leader.
Not only was he second in tackles on the team (88 total) behind Eric Kendricks, but with UCLA’s all-time leading tackler gone to the NFL, Jack looks to pick up where Kendricks left off.
With Kenny Clark, the Bruins have one hell of a nose tackle. Clark had emerged early last season as not only a solid D-lineman, but one that was not going to be pushed around. Clark can not only jam the line, but has the speed to get around offenses. Either that or he will run right through them.
Last season, Clark had 58 total tackles (6th on the team), 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1 pass deflection and 1 fumble recovered. With proper guidance from Bradley and a year of experience starting every game last year, expect Clark to up his production in 2015.
This is the fourth award watch to which UCLA football players have been named. As mentioned above, Perkins was named to the Maxwell watch, Jack and Ishmael Adams were named to the Hornung Award watch list and a few weeks ago, Jake Brendel was listed for the Rimington Trophy.
That is a whole lot of talent on this Bruin team. It is no wonder some are predicting this team to be the best one of the Jim Mora era.