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ESPN's Todd McShay believes UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley "made a wise decision to return for the 2014 season."

"He has all the physical tools to develop into a good NFL starter, but he's still a work in progress," McShay wrote. "He shows very good toughness and intangibles. His arm strength is a notch below elite, which means it's more than good enough to make all the NFL throws. He also showed improved mechanics in 2013 and flashes the ability to make accurate throws on all three levels when on time and in rhythm." McShay ranked Hundley as his No. 3 QB -- behind Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston -- which is pretty much the industry consensus at the moment. "The flashes are encouraging, but it's not enough," he continued. "Specifically, Hundley needs to show improved touch and become more reliable when throwing off-platform. While he is a good athlete with size, strength and deceptive top-end speed, he needs to do much better at managing the pocket, including showing better patience and keeping his eyes up when facing pressure."
Aug 24 - 12:23 AM

The Senior Bowl has released their watch list of over 350 prospects for 2015's event.

The usual (senior) prospects are obviously included, but we are more interested in the redshirt juniors who are mentioned on the list. Phil Savage, the event's executive director, was able to alter the rules of players eligible for the Senior Bowl, allowing fourth year juniors that will graduate by December to qualify. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and UCLA Brett Hundley are two listed.
Source: Senior Bowl
Aug 21 - 11:26 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley has the potential to overtake Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston if he continues to improve.

"Hundley could play the Blake Bortles role and overtake both of them if the steady improvement he's made as a pocket passer the past two years continues in 2014," Rang wrote. Despite only having played two seasons, Hundley ranks third in UCLA history in passing yards (6,811) and touchdown passes (53). If he surpasses 3,828 passing yards this season, Hundley will pass Cade McNown as the Bruins' all-time leader.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 7:48 PM

UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley needs to "continue to make the plays within the pocket, throwing the football and reading defenses," according to UCLA alum Troy Aikman.

"What does he have an opportunity this year to work on, or things that will help him as he moves on to the next level?' You've heard me and others say it a million times: He's a tremendous, athletically gifted quarterback, but just to continue to make the plays within the pocket, throwing the football and reading defenses," Aikman said. The Bruins prospect ranks third in UCLA history in passing yards (6,811) and touchdown passes (53). Hundley needs to pass for 3,828 yards this season to pass Cade McNown as the Bruins' all-time leader in yards, and need 16 touchdowns to pass McNown as the Bruin's leader.
Aug 18 - 12:58 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks calls UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley a "heady quarterback with the arm talent and athleticism to terrorize opponents with his playmaking ability."

"He has a strong arm and he can extend plays with his athleticism. He deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround in Westwood," Daniel Jeremiah added. The NFL.com staff ranked Hundley as college football's No. 13 overall player. Charles Davis believes Hundley has an "exquisite combination of size, speed, arm, and smart."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 14 - 12:54 PM

NFL.com ranked UCLA sophomore LB/RB Myles Jack as the No. 16 player in college football.

"He tore up the Pac-12 last season while playing on both sides of the ball. As a runner, he reminds me of Ronnie Brown during his Auburn days," Daniel Jeremiah said. Jack was ranked by two website panelists in the top 10, and the two that left him off their top 20s both said he was under consideration. "A rare two-way player with game-changing skills as a runner or defender, he might be the most talented player in the Pac-12," Bucky Brooks said. Jack is only working at OLB during preseason practice. "His two-way service at UCLA might be done, but Jack proved to be an elite talent in just his first season with the Bruins," Chase Goodbread said. UCLA HC Jim Mora Jr. said earlier this summer that it was a mistake for Jack to solely play running back in a few games in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 12:13 PM

The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA redshirt junior WR Devin Lucien, was taken by ambulance to a hospital after suffering a head injury during Tuesday's practice.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound wideout hit his head on the ground during a practice drill. As a precautionary measure, Lucien was immobilized by paramedics and brought to the hospital. Lucien was released from the hospital and was able to rejoin the Bruins later Tuesday night. A likely starter this season, Lucien hauled in 19 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, and could be the Brett Hundley's deep threat in the Bruins' offense.
Aug 13 - 11:32 AM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "has to show he can play more relaxed and be more consistent," according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"This Bruins team has huge aspirations this season. They expect to contend for the Pac-12 title and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. If they're going to reach that goal, Hundley has to show he can play more relaxed and be more consistent," Davis wrote. Davis notes that last season he thought Hundley "pressed a little at times and tried to do too much." Our own Josh Norris has not put Hundley in the top tier of quarterback prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 6:10 PM

UCLA sophomore edge rusher Myles Jack is only working at OLB during preseason practice.

This is to be expected, since head coach Jim Mora said Jack will only see time at running back once game action gets underway. "We don’t want to overload him," Mora said following practice this week. Mora previously called Jack a "package player" on offense, stating it is more important for him to grasp his defensive position. In fact, the head coach stated it was a mistake for Jack to solely play running back in a few games in 2013.
Source: LA Times
Aug 7 - 10:48 AM

UCLA junior DT Ellis McCarthy "jumps off the film," writes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He does so sporadically," the analyst clarifies, a not-so-veiled shot at McCarthy's work ethic. "At the top of his game McCarthy is a difference maker up front but he also disappears for stretches." The UCLA prospect has played NG and DE in a 3-4 attack for the Bruins. McCarthy, 6-foot-4 and 330-pounds, projects best inside at the next level, where he'll be able to make use of his wide body to eat up blockers and free up teammates to make plays.
Jul 28 - 12:03 AM

TFY Insider's Tony Pauline compares UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa to former New York Jet Shaun Ellis.

Pauline allotted Odighizuwa a preseason Round 3 grade. "When I watched Odighizuwa last summer I was blown away," he wrote. "Much of the talk understandably centered around Anthony Barr yet many stamped Cassius Marsh as the Bruins top defensive line prospect. Odighizuwa sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury yet scouts rightfully gave him high grades moving towards the 2014 campaign. He reminds me of former Tennessee Volunteer and New York Jet Shaun Ellis in that he plays with an explosive, strong and athletic style." Odighizuwa's draft stock is dependent on his ability to prove he's healthy again.
Jul 27 - 7:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline writes that two NFL scouts agreed with his second-round grade on UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley.

In fact, "one is of the opinion he’s a third round passer," the analyst wrote. This isn't a terribly popular opinion, though Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for one, also places Hundley outside of the top-tier of 2015 QB prospects. "Hundley most definitely has first round potential but needs to turn from thrower to passer," Pauline wrote. "The information he received all last season from scouts was to return for one more year of college ball and Hundley should be applauded for heeding their recommendations."
Jul 27 - 7:11 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that redshirt junior Brett Hundley "must improve his deep-ball accuracy in 2014."

"Hundley must improve his deep-ball accuracy in 2014. He missed too many downfield shots on fades and go-routes down the boundary a season ago. His balls repeatedly sailed out of bounds on those throws, which prevented the Bruins from cashing in on several home-run opportunities," Brooks wrote. If the 6-foot-3, 210 Hundley wants to secure a top spot in the 2015 QB draft class, he'll have to make a huge improvement on his accuracy. Our own Josh Norris has not put Hundley in the top tier of quarterback prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 25 - 9:57 PM

UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. hopes the NFL does not use black QB stereotypes with redshirt junior Brett Hundley.

"People have a tendency at times to see an African-American quarterback and say, 'Oh, he’s a runner.' I hate that stereotype and I always have," said Mora. "I don’t want that to happen with Brett, and I’m going to make sure that it doesn't, because it shouldn't. The guy’s a passer." Hundley has had plenty of passing responsibilities at UCLA, and while the statistics have been kind, we see plenty of room for improvement on tape. Specifically, Hundley needs to show pocket awareness more often, improve his accuracy when on the move, and stop dropping his eye level when moved off his spot.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 25 - 9:52 AM

In April, UCLA HC Jim Mora Jr. said sophomore LB/RB Myles Jack will only begin practicing on offense when the season starts.

"He's a package player on offense and we're not going to put those packages in until the season starts," Mora explained. "He's not going to take a snap on offense in training camp either. He won't take a snap on offense until we get to game weeks. It's more important that he fully come to grasp that linebacker position." Jack impressed when he carried the football, but he spent more quality time as an edge rusher. Mora even said letting Jack solely play running back in a handful of games was a mistake.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 22 - 1:16 PM


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