UCLA Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    2016 UCLA Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 23, 2016


    2016 UCLA Spring Football: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    UCLA is getting a little antsy for a title …

    The Bruins are doing a lot of things right under Jim Mora, especially when it comes to talent acquisition. This program is light years ahead of where it was with Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel, winning 37 games over the last four seasons. Next on the agenda? Winning a Pac-12 crown for the first time since 1998, a fitting exclamation point to the culture shift enacted by Mora.

    UCLA went 8-5 in 2015, hamstrung in part by injuries. Josh Rosen is entering his second season in Westwood. And since Mora recognizes he’ll likely have the franchise QB for just two more years, he hopes to capitalize in 2016 and 2017.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The secondary. Three Bruins earned All-Pac-12 recognition a year ago. None were seniors. After ranking No. 26 nationally in pass efficiency defense, UCLA is poised to scale even higher, as Marcus Rios, Jaleel Wadood and Randall Goforth prepare for what could be salary run seasons in Los Angeles.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …

    Rosen’s targets. If the Bruins are going to win the Pac-12, Rosen will lead the charge. But for Rosen to take the next step, he’s going to need reliable pass-catchers with which to target. Four of last year’s top five receivers, led by all-stars Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte, are gone. If rookies are looking for snaps, this is a position in which they can get them.

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