UCLA Football: Top three offensive weapons for the Bruins

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Running back Soso Jamabo
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Running back Soso Jamabo /
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PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Paul Perkins
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 14: Paul Perkins /

2. Brandon Stephens

Headed back into the backfield for the next man on the list, I’m looking at Brandon Stephens. For me Stephens is very much a smaller version of Jamabo. He’s another slasher that looks like he’s gliding when he’s running. He also has the ability to jump cut like former UCLA Football RB Paul Perkins.

A better running back out of the backfield than Jamabo in my opinion, Stephens could even line up wide outside if we were going to see all that he can bring to the offense.

Last season Stephens had 19 touches on the ground for 95 yards and no scores. His five yards per carry ranked best among the UCLA Football RBs but his catches were just as impressive. He only had four catches but made the most of them by averaging almost 10 yards per catch.

In this offense Stephens becomes the shifty back that can come in on third down and gives you a little lightning to the Bruin’s thunderous backs. The Bruins are incorporating more stretch runs into their offense which will give Stephens more opportunities to press the hole and use his vision to find lanes.