Monday, January 6, 2014

Brett Hundley Returns: A Smart Decision UCLA's Celebrating

As I said above, Brett Hundley made the right business decision staying at UCLA. You can praise him for his loyalty but Hundley isn't risking his career for that alone. He's doing it to grow as a quarterback and a leader. Applaud him for realizing that he could improve his skill set as well as contribute to something special at UCLA.

For every Matt Leinart, Jake Locker, Matt Barkley or others who come back to get burned, there’s guys like Johnny Manziel and Vince Young who improved their stock by getting better on the field. So what does this mean for the Bruins? Let's break it down.

Shaq Evans graduates but nearly all of the team’s top receivers return. Devin Fuller and Jordan Payton had breakout seasons and Thomas Duarte could be in line for an even bigger year after catching three TD’s as a freshman.

Three freshmen started on the offensive line by season’s end and while Xavier Su’a-Filo goes pro, the experience coming back will make them stronger after they took the lumps in the trenches.

The Bruins will lose some beasts on defense in Jordan Zumwalt, Cassius Marsh and All-American Anthony Barr but their young secondary will all return. Eddie Vanderdoes is ready to step up as the next terror on the defensive line and of course, Myles Jack will anchor the linebacker corps after proving he was one of the best freshmen in the country.    

Year 2 of the Jim Mora era was an even bigger success and beating Virginia Tech for their first 10-win season since 2005 says it all. Brett Hundley coming back means that 2014 is off to a good start and could end just as good as 2013 did.

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