UCLA Football: 5 freshmen who should have a breakout fall camp

WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Chip Kelly speaks to the media during a press conference after being introduced as the new UCLA Football head coach on November 27, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Chip Kelly speaks to the media during a press conference after being introduced as the new UCLA Football head coach on November 27, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) /
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The UCLA football team begins fall camp today and along with several returners that are expected to break out, Go Joe Bruin looks at 5 freshmen that should also have an impressive preseason.

The UCLA football team is in transition with a new coach and a new system. They are also in transition with a huge amount of turnover in the roster as the Bruins bring in 35 freshmen (47 players have left the team since the end of last season).

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Though many of the newbies are expected to participate early, we take a look at five which should rise above the rest.

Here are 5 freshmen that should have a breakout fall camp…

1. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB

He is long, fast and seems to be the “prototypical” Chip Kelly quarterback. DTR, as he is known, will be competing with four other Bruins for the starting QB spot. Though it will be a hard-fought battle, DTR should be able to hold his own in the competition. He has an excellent arm, speedy feet that do not stop churning out yards and great field vision. If he does not win the competition outright, he could, at the very least, be the all-important backup.

2. Kazmeir Allen, RB

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There is also going to be a running back competition. Since not a single runner stood out in spring, that leaves the door open for anyone to take the reins as the Bruins’ primary back. Kazmeir Allen is one of those that can shine in fall camp. If Kelly wanted speed, he got it. Allen broke the national high school record for touchdowns in a season (72) last year. He is quick, elusive and a perfect fit for Kelly’s offense.

3. Bo Calvert, LB

The Bruins need talent and depth in their LB corps, especially since they will be utilizing four LBs in their 3-4 defense. The Bruins got some immediate help in the spring as JUCO transfers Je’Vari Anderson and Tyree Thompson joined the team, but they will get a big-time athlete to help out with Calvert finally getting some reps. He is a very active and physical linebacker and should only get better under DC Jerry Azzinaro and LB coach Don Pellum guiding him. Either way, he brings some much-needed help to the defense.

4. Chris Murray, OL

It cannot be stated enough how much Murray will help out the offensive line. Not only will he bring depth, but his talents could get him a starting spot. Murray is not only strong, but he is quick for a guy of his size, something Kelly is looking for in his O-linemen. With the line being a bit rocky to begin with, he could ideally star at guard, yet if he has a huge fall camp, don’t be surprised if he starts at center, moving Boss Tagaloa over to guard.

5. Chase Cota, WR

Cota was a huge get for Kelly on National Signing Day. He is a tall, athletic receiver who not only has sure hands but us a very smart individual.

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Cota entered the program over the spring so he already has a little bit of experience with this offense under his belt. That will go a long way in adapting to the offense and being a contender for a ton of minutes this coming season. Either way, he should be expected to contribute early.