Go Joe Bruin continues our look at potential depth charts for the UCLA Football team in 2017 as we now examine the very crucial offensive line.
Go Joe Bruin completes our depth chart projections on the offensive side of the ball for the UCLA Football team as we look at the offensive line.
The Bruins had a bit of trouble with the line last season as they were forced into an offensive scheme they were not ready for. With new Offensive Coordinator Hank Fraley guiding this group, hopefully some major improvements can be made. One thing is for sure, the Bruins have a bit more depth, which is vital.
Left Tackle Depth Chart
- Kolton Miller, #77, 6’8″, 310 lbs., R-Jr.
- Alex Akingbulu, #74, 6’5″, 280 lbs., R-Fr.
- Jake Burton, #73, 6’5″, 280 lbs., R-Fr.
- Stephen Zabíe, 6’5″, 290 lbs., Fr.
One of the biggest keys to the offensive line improving will be the health and talent of Miller. He made an impact two years ago and was one of the bright spots in 2016. Unfortunately, similar to Josh Rosen, Miller was lost halfway through the season. The offensive line was decent when he was on the field with then-left tackle Conor McDermott on the opposite side, but once Miller went down, so did a lot off the production from the line.
Akingbulu has a year in the system, though that system has now changed. That has not stopped him to grow with the offense. In the spring, Akingbulu made some strides, but will be 2nd string with Miller healthy. Burton also showed signs of development, but needs to continue to work on his technique.
The Bruins recently received some good news as Zabíe was cleared by the NCAA last week and can now begin working with UCLA. He has a high ceiling for development, but most importantly, helps out with depth at tackle.