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UCLA Bruins 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 88
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 32

In the city of angels UCLA Bruins and head coach Rick Neuheisel seem to be stuck in purgatory. In 2009, they suffered through a five game losing streak, but still managed a winning record and a victory in the EagleBank Bowl. The team always seems to be on the verge of a breakout year, will that come in 2010?

The Bruins’ running game has finished 116th and 97th over the last two years. Last year’s leading rusher, Jonathan Franklin gained only 566 yards. The coaching staff is hoping that the installation of the Revolver system, a variation on Nevada’s Pistol offense, will infuse some life into the running game. In addition, the infusion of two new running backs should help. Highly recruited Jordan James and Gatorade National Player of the Year Malcolm Jones should immediately help the ground attack. Also, four offensive line starters return.

The passing attack was not bad in 2009, led by freshman quarterback Kevin Prince. Now that he has more experience, he should be able to use his talented stable of receivers even more. Nelson Rosario led the team in receiving yards with 723 and Taylor Embree was tops in catches with 45. An improved running game should open more space Prince.

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UCLA’s defense was gutted in the offseason, losing seven starters including five in the front seven. Datone Jones is the only returning lineman and will try to generate more than four sacks from his end position. Akeem Ayers is back at strongside linebacker after finishing third in tackles and second in sacks. Junior free safety Rahim Moore is the most important returning player after leading the nation with ten interceptions.

There will be a lot of changes this year for UCLA, both in players and scheme. It will be difficult for the team to put everything together quickly, but if they can make it work, they have a shot at surprising in the PAC 10.

UCLA’s odds to win the PAC 10 : + 500

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