UCLA Football: Five Players That Need To Step Up With Myles Jack Out

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Oct 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; Bruins linebacker

Jayon Brown

(19) runs into California Golden Bears punter

Cole Leininger

(16) during first quarter action at Rose Bowl. A penalty was not called because Brown was able to get a hand on the ball. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Jayon Brown

The fourth defenseman that needs to step up for the Bruins is Jayon Brown. Now, some might ask why Deon Hollins or Takkarist McKinley are not on this list and realistically, two players like these already have their own roles that they need to fulfill, so it is on a few other players to step up.

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  • Jayon Brown is one of them.

    Brown has flown under the radar a little bit with so many other fantastic defensive players on the team, but he is a linebacker that has shown a lot of growth since he got to Westwood.

    Last season, several players pegged Brown as one of the best up-and-comers. This season, he is showing it and has done so much more than any had expected of him in the first three games.

    Currently he is second on the Bruins with 16 tackles (11 solo, five assisted). With players like Hollins, McKinley, Randall Goforth and Kenny Clark still active and uninjured, having Brown to step up and produce the way he has is phenomenal. Expect his role to increase with the absence of Jack.

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