With the UCLA Football season being right around the corner, it is time to take a look at how each of the Bruins’ positions look heading into the season, continuing on with the offensive line.
UCLA Football are returning a majority of their weapons on offense, which could set the table for a big junior season from quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
However, despite the number of talented skill players returning to UCLA, the real factor in DTR’s production this upcoming season will be the play of the Bruins’ offensive line.
The Bruins are expected to start a primarily young offensive line, with just one upperclassman projected to start.
That upperclassman is fifth-year senior Jake Burton. Burton started for the Bruins last season and will be the anchor of their O-line in his final season at UCLA. Burton will look to lead the inexperienced unit up front in both production and development this season.
Jon Gaines II is the likely started at right guard alongside Burton. A redshirt sophomore, Gaines will look to develop into the future leader of the Bruins offensive line in his second full season.
After Gaines and Burton come a trio of rising sophomore to fill out the final three starting spots on the line. Duke Clemens is the projected starter at center, with Siale Liku and Sean Rhyan projected to start at left tackle and left guard.
The Bruins have an O-line that carries the potential to develop into a formidable group, but this upcoming season will be all about development. If the rising sophomores can develop quickly, the Bruins could see a huge jump in production from their offense as a whole.