5 Things We Learned From UCLA Football Fall Camp

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Nov 8, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) West Virginia Mountaineers senior associate head coach Tom Bradley prior to kickoff against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Defense Could Be One Of The Best In The Nation

The linebackers looked very good but so did the defense as a whole. They did not care who is trying to win a job at QB, since Day 1 the defense had been going all out. They looked good to start camp, but as chemistry started to mesh, so did the ferocity.

LB Deon Hollins was quoted as saying that this team will confuse offenses. “We are going to confuse people and beat people up. [New Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley] likes to say that a lot.”

Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes (47) celebrates after winning the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

If you went to any practices at fall camp, you saw that this was the case on every single down. Aside from the outside linebackers coming off the edge like cheetahs, the rest of the defense has done very well to assimilate Bradley’s schemes which made it hell for the Bruin offense to operate.

Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenneth Clark are continuing to dominate the line. The LBs, as noted in the previous page, are killer. The secondary is swarming with speedy DBs like Ishmael Adams, Fabian Moreau and Marcus Rios (and they look better than last year).

There were spots of triumph during camp for the UCLA offense as they occasionally got through the D, but for the most part, the defense dominated fall camp.

Just looking at this team compared to last year, it is not that much of a stretch to say that this could be one of the best defenses in the nation.

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