3. Offensive line work
Let’s just get down to the nitty-gritty, UCLA’s offensive line was not that impressive last season. Though there was a bit of progress with OL coach Hank Fraley handling things for one season, the line takes a hit as the Bruins lost two vital pieces to their position group. Both Scott Quessenberry and Kolton Miller are gone, the two best OLs from last season.
Fraley, who was asked to continue in his role by Kelly, originally stayed in Westwood for a few weeks, but ultimately accepted a position with the Detroit Lions. Kelly replaced him with Justin Frye, the running game guru from Boston College.
Add to the fact that OL recruitment has not been a strength the last few years of the Jim Mora era, which means that Chip Kelly doesn’t have an ideal amount to work with. We’ve already seen a big position change as Boss Tagaloa moved from the defensive line to center. We’ve also seen several players shuffling in and out of the first team O-line, so this position group setup is far from decided.
Clearly, there is still a lot of work to do with the offensive line but Chip Kelly knows exactly what he wants as he has assembled an nice group of offensive masterminds. Not only should Frye be a big factor in the improvement of the line, but Kelly is also looking to hire Navy offensive line coach Bryce Anderson as an administrator, where he will presumably bring knowledge of the triple-option to Chip Kelly’s brain trust (a term coined by GJB writer Michael Hanna).