46. The backup, backup: Chase Griffin
Unlike the Mora era, the UCLA QBs have a backup in the Kelly era. What’s even better is that Kelly has a backup for his backup, just in case. If for some reason DTR and Burton get injured, the Bruins have another dual-threat QB at their disposal. The question is, will Griffin be ready if called upon?
47. Ugh. Another Thursday night game at Stanford
As stated previously, the last time UCLA played Stanford up on the farm on a Thursday night, they were decimated, 56-35. Plus, Thursday night college football games are a blight, and the individual that had the idea for this should be fired. Nevertheless, it is happening and we all have to deal with it.
48. Freshman OT Sean Rhyan could start
The Bruins have experience on the line, but they could do with a little more talent, especially the kind Kelly and OC Justin Frye are looking to bring in. Sean Rhyan will be a true freshman this fall and because of his work ethic mixed with his raw talent, he will battle for a starting gig.
- UCLA rushing yards in 2018: 113.4
- UCLA rushing yards in 2018: 154.8
49. A pass rusher must rise
UCLA needs someone (ANYONE!) to step up and be the pass rusher this team deserves. Injuries were the main culprit for the Bruins’ lack of a rush last season, which put all the pressure on Keisean Lucier-South, who is not usually a pass rusher. So if the Bruins can get someone else to get into the backfield consistently, then that will help their overall production.
50. New LB coach Jason Kaufusi and his impact
So far, Kaufusi has proved himself on the recruiting trail, but we are yet to see what he can do with his guys on the field. Along with DL coach Vince Oghobasse and Azzinaro, Kaufusi will be working with the OLBs and to try to help improve the pass rush and coverage.