UCLA Football: Three players who need a fresh start in 2018

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 21: Royce Freeman
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Recruits don’t always pan out. In fact there bound to be more misses than hits in the college recruiting game. The UCLA Football team isn’t the only program in the land to not bat a thousand and even the mighty Crimson Tide sign players who never see the field. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few Bruins who still can turn it around.

Coaching changes, scheme changes and injuries can all contribute to players not making the impact that was envisioned on signing day.

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The UCLA Football program has had numerous coaching changes at the coordinator positions, positional coaches and most recently a head coaching change that resulted in essentially a complete staff overhaul.

Players who were perfect fits for one scheme could suddenly find themselves square pegs trying to get into round holes leaving them suddenly buried on the depth chart. It isn’t that they’re bad players or have nothing to offer their team they are simply victims of the “win now” mentality of college football.

Here is a list of three Bruins who, for whatever reason, haven’t had the impact they hoped to have but can still make a comeback in the 2018 season with a fresh start coming their way.