With UCLA Football’s season on the horizon, it is time to take a look at each position for the Bruins. Up next is the wide receiver position.
Of all of the offensive positions for UCLA Football, perhaps the biggest question mark is the wide receiver group.
The Bruins will bring out a generally inexperienced group in 2020, led by rising junior Chase Cota.
Cota’s production rose last season, as he caught 25 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Cota will be one of the top receivers for UCLA next season and will certainly see more targets.
Last season, the top receiver for UCLA was Demetric Felton. Felton was more of an all-purpose threat, but will move to the starting running back position in 2020, presumably getting less targets in the passing game.
Felton could very well still be the Bruins’ top receiver, but the offensive gameplan will look different with Felton lining up behind the quarterback more often.
Behind Felton and Cota are Kyle Phillips, a redshirt sophomore, and Jaylen Erwin, a senior. Phillips had a productive season last year, racking up 681 yards on 60 catches. Phillips should be Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s favorite target for the second season in a row. Erwin caught 32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns last season and should also see more targets.
UCLA football has a young wide receiver core with the potential to put up big numbers next season. Several players will need to step up with breakout years, but the talent is there, and DTR should have a lot to work with in 2020.