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UCLA Expecting Production From Its Youth

uclaLast season a top five nationwide recruiting class delivered just what UCLA football fans wanted. Providing the foundation that changed the program en route to the school’s first season with 10 wins since 2005.

Myles Jack the two-way freshman and the other recruits produced three Freshmen All Americans. Besides Jack there was Alex Redmond an offensive guard and Eddie Vanderdoes a defensive lineman. There were also six other freshmen that started in at least one of UCLA’s games.

Last season 18 true freshmen played for the Bruins. Coach Jim Mora said that would not happen again this season but the goal is there to do it again.

Not everyone can have the star power that Jack did. He starred as a linebacker for the Bruins defense and ran the ball out of the backfield on offense over 35 times scoring 3 touchdowns on the ground.

Jack believes that the best recruit entering the team this season is Kenny Young. He calls Young the best bet for the Bruins to be a star in his first year.

Young was taking snaps as an inside linebacker just a week into preseason. His coach called him more of a linebacker in the NFL than at the college level.

Offensively NaJee Toran, a true freshmen looks to have locked down a starting guard position.

Not all of the recruits are destined to become immediate stars, particularly with so much depth returning from last season on the Bruins.

Mora said on Thursday that three defensive lineman who are freshmen will play this year, but they are behind two sophomores who have futures in the NFL.

The Bruins will have switched yet another cornerback to running back. This season it is Adarius Pickett who even if he is able to learn quickly he may end up being the third tailback.

The Bruins are expected to compete for the Pac-12 south division title again this season. With Brett Hundley returning at quarterback, the offense will once again be a threat on the ground and through the air.

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