January 5, 2010

Taking a look towards spring

Another football season ended and though there was some improvement on the offensive side of the ball if the Bruins going to make that next step they are going to have more consistency on offense across the board. Meaning they have to get more production in all facets of the game.

The two biggest questions marks that have dogged UCLA offensively since 2005 when they averaged over 40 points a game. One of them has been efficient quarterback play and the reason for that doesn't all fall onto the signal caller's shoulders. Ask any quarterback that has played the game and he will tell you have to be comfortable to be successful. When a defense doesn't let a quarterback get a rhythm it is very hard to gel as an offense.

The other question mark has been the offensive line. Though there was improvement in 2009 at both fronts they are far cry from being the kind of unit that will get UCLA back in the upper echelon of the Pac-10 conference.

Because the Bruins are looking to make that next step forward spring ball will as competitive for positions as it has been for a long time. Though offensive line looks to be intact, losing Xavier Su'a-Filo will provide competition at the left tackle spot.

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