Only four games into the season and UCLA Football fans have already started to turn off the television, but wait! There are reasons to keep watching your Bruins!
I know what you might be thinking UCLA Football fans, there is no reason to continue watching the Bruins any longer. In fact, there are several reasons to keep watching and in this article I’m going to give you the Top 3!
UCLA has somethings that are still going well or them so if you need a little push back to the Bruins’ side, here you go:
1. The defense was good last season, so I believe they can turn this season around
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It as a bit astonishing how UCLA can go from a stout defense that saved the team last season, to a run game deficient anomaly. Yes, departures and injuries have something to do with it, but those are not the only reasons.
Tackling, reactions and overall fundamentals have not been there. If the Bruins can tighten the screws and do a decent job of stopping opponents, then UCLA can take a step forward.
2. The future is bright
The Bruins have been bringing in a lot of talent from the recruiting trail and some of them are already producing on the field. DE Jaelan Phillips has been a pest in the pass rush and will only get better. Though he hurt his ankle two weeks ago, he is looking to get back ASAP.
Another freshman that has played outstanding this early in the season is CB Darnay Holmes. Though he has gotten caught on a few plays that went against UCLA, he is talented and smart enough to learn from his mistakes. It seems certain that he will limit those mistakes and come up with a few more plays like his pick six against Texas A&M.
3. Josh Rosen, Jedd Fisch and that offense
And the #1 reason to keep watching UCLA? One of the best offenses in the nation, of course.
Before I go on, let me acknowledge a few of the offensive players that have helped make UCLA extremely dangerous and very fun to watch this season: C Scott Quessenberry, RT Andre James, RB Soso Jamabo, RB Bolu Olorunfunmi, RB Nate Starks, WR Darren Andrews, TE Caleb Wilson, WR Jordan Lasley and WR Theo Howard and of course QB Josh Rosen.
Under the guidance of first-year Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch, UCLA has blown away expectations about this offense. This team, which could not run or catch balls last season, is averaging 571.8 total yards per game (1st in the Pac-12). Behind the arm of Rosen, who is leading ht nation in passing yards and touchdowns, is making UCLA Football entertaining again.
Not that I do not like the drama aspect of it all, but complete domination is often fun. With this offense and a few changeable on the defense, UCLA can do just that. Go Bruins!