EARLY BIRD 2007 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
RELEASED DECEMBER 2006
UCLA BRUINS
OFFENSE - 10
------RETURNING STARTERS------
DEFENSE - 10
KEY LOSSES
OFFENSE: Junior Taylor-WR, Matt Willis-WR, Andrew Baumgartner-WR, Robert Chai-C, Justin Medlock-K
DEFENSE: Justin Hickman-DE, Eric McNeal-WLB
Running Back/Defensive Line

Chris Markey led the Bruins in rushing and receiving. He is the team's offensive MVP. This DL was largely responsible for putting together the nation's 12th rated run defense.

Defensive Back/Kicker

Four seniors in the secondary means this unit has to step up (83rd ranked pass defense). First Team All-Pac Ten kicker Justin Medlock has to be replaced. Not too many experience questions face the Bruins in 2007.

RB Chris Markey
 
DE Bruce Davis
 

* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2007 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
UCLA 2007 DEPTH CHART
Returning Starters/
Key Players
OFFENSE
QB Pat Cowan-Jr Ben Olson-Jr
FB Michael Pitre-Sr Chane Moline-So
TB Chris Markey-Sr Kahlil Bell-Jr
WR Marcus Everett-Sr ..
WR Brandon Breazell-Sr ..
TE Logan Paulsen-Jr Ryan Moya-Jr
OT Aleksey Lanis-So ..
OG Shannon Tevaga-Sr ..
C .. ..
OG Chris Joseph-Sr ..
OT Noah Sutherland-Sr ..
K .. ..
DEFENSE
DE .. ..
DT Brigham Harwell-Sr Kenneth Lombard-Jr
DT Kevin Brown-Sr ..
DE Bruce Davis-Sr ..
SLB Aaron Whittington-Sr John Hale-Jr
MLB Christian Taylor-Sr ..
WLB Reggie Carter-So ..
CB Trey Brown-Sr ..
CB Rodney Van-Sr Alterraun Verner-So
SS Chris Horton-Sr ..
FS Dennis Keyes-Sr ..
P Aaron Perez-Jr ..
QUICK ANALYSIS

So the Bruins 2006 offensive numbers were not so superb. When QB Ben Olson went down with an injury, unheralded QB Pat Cowan took over and managed to keep this team in a respectable position to win almost each week. This equation worked because the defense scratched and clawed to keep UCLA within striking distance. The good news...20 starters are coming back, which ultimately means UCLA is going to get better. RB Chris Markey was selected the team's offensive MVP after leading the stat department in rushing and receiving. With a healthy Ben Olson returning to the lineup and a good group of veterans paving the way on the OL, the offense should be capable of doing more than just letting the defense keep the game close. But if the defense has to continue to rattle high-powered opposing offenses - much like they accomplished by keeping USC out of the National Championship and falling a two-minute drive short of beating Notre Dame on the road - then so be it, for this stopping unit is more than capable. Ten starters return and nine of them are seniors. All-Pac Ten selection Bruce Davis and his 12.5 sacks from his DE position will help to ease the loss of Justin Hickman. Trey Brown is a solid cover corner and Chris Horton (team’s leading tackler) is one of the better hitting safeties on the west coast. In fact, do not be surprised to see UCLA get labeled as the favorite to push USC for the next Pac Ten title. Head coach Karl Dorrell has been on a success roller coaster and has received some criticism during his four-year stint. Beating rival USC to close the 2006 regular season was huge. The result of this victory ultimately means Dorrell has put this team in a position to earn our elevated preseason praise. Maybe expectations can be detrimental to a program and coach. With the talent residing on this side of Los Angeles, oh, they will have expectations.

 

UCLA
2007 SCHEDULE

9-1 @ Stanford
9-8 Brigham Young
9-15 @ Utah
9-22 Washington
9-29 @ Oregon State
10-6 Notre Dame
10-20 California
10-27 @ Washington State
11-3 @ Arizona
11-10 Arizona State
11-17 Oregon
11-24 @ Southern California