UCLA Football: 50 Days to Kickoff, 50 Things to Look For in 2016

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36. Hey Mique, You’re So Fine!

Mique Juarez was another big commit to the UCLA football team back in February. His talents have been compared to that of Myles Jack. If Juarez is anything like Jack, then the Bruins should be able to have a very formidable linebacking corps.

37. Savaiinaea and Brown at Backer

Speaking of linebackers, two LBs that saved UCLA last year after several Bruins went down with injuries (or just did not cut it) were Jayon Brown and Isaako Savaiinaea. These two Bruins really stepped up their game and helped the defense last year. Expect them to not only be leaders in 2016 but to continue to make trouble for opposing offenses.

38. Pac-12 or Bust

It’s about time. UCLA not only needs to return of the Pac-12 Championship Game, but they need to win it. The Bruins went to the Pac-12 championship in Mora’s first year and have only sniffed it in the last three. With all that is expected of them into 2016, they should be able to show they are the top team in the Conference of Champions.

39. Stability At O-Line

The Bruins lost three starters from last season which would normally be a cause for concern. They also lost out on a key transfer, Jake Raulerson, who was denied admission to a graduate program at UCLA. That should also cause concern, but the Bruins have stability with returning experience from Conor McDermott, Scott Quessenberry, Kenny Lacy and Kolton Miller giving the line stability.

40. Alternate Jerseys

We already talked about how this will be Adidas is last year with the Bruins and that they unfortunately, finally, made the uniform what it should have been on the backs of the Bruins all along, but what about the alternate jerseys?  Will the Bruins have a sweet third option this year, or will Adidas mail it in with another subpar alternate?

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