Middle Linebacker Depth Chart
- Kenny Young, #42, 6’1″, 240 lbs., Sr.
- Lokeni Toailoa, #52, 6’2″, 255 lbs., So.
The big man for the Bruins’ linebacker group will be the man wearing #42 (for the last time in all of UCLA history — Jackie Robinson‘s number will no longer be worn by a UCLA Football player or any UCLA Bruin as it was retired school-wide). Young anchored the LBs last season and was one of the biggest reasons for success on the defensive side of the ball.
In 2016, Young was second on the team in total tackles with 90 (behind Jayon Brown). As a second team All-Pac-12 selection, Young was one of the most versatile players on the team and will continue to be productive this fall. For all intents and purposes, Young has his eyes wide open as he has good vision and can readily see how opponent’s plays develop. Not only is he a big time hitter, he is smart and is good in pursuit.
His backup looks to be one of the talented Toailoa brothers who is starting to develop into an all-around player that will not only thrive in man but also do some special things in coverage. If Lokeni can continue to develop, there is a possibiltiy he will be your main man in the middle in 2018.