UCLA Bruins Football: Make or Break for Brett Hundley
- Updated: August 14, 2014
The UCLA Bruins are very optimistic about the upcoming season and the biggest reason for that euphoria is quarterback Brett Hundley. Hundley made a choice to return to the team, although he has an obvious bright future as a member playing in the National Football League. Before he plays on Sunday, he will have a chance to bring Pac-12 title and a National Championship to UCLA.
It won’t be easy. The Bruins have a new defensive coordinator on the team and will face one of the tougher schedules in college football. The Bruins will have to find a ground game to help out the multi-talented signal caller who can also make plays with his feet. He led the team with 748 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground and is tough for any defense to contain.
The season has not even started and Hundley is already receiving accolades. One day after receiving a number seven ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll, quarterback Brett Hundley was named in the top 15 of ESPN’s “CFBRank” series, nabbing the number 12 spot overall. The ranking was behind only Oregon‘s Marcus Mariota and Florida State‘s Jameis Winston. This ranking was earned over an outstanding season a year ago.
Last year he threw for 3,071 yards and 24 touchdowns and he will automatically be considered a candidate for the Heisman trophy when the Bruins take the field in 2014. However, he does have his weaknesses and he has been criticized by scouts for many of his impairments. He has trouble checking down to his secondary targets and his quick to run with the ball. That could lead to an injury and ruin the season for the Bruins if he is not careful. He also struggles with reading defenses and ball placement and that will need to improve if he is going to have a championship season. Luckily for Hundley he has a good coaching staff that will help along the way and another successful college campaign will only help his draft stock in the NFL.
He has looked great in the spring and is gaining confidence with every snap. He has working on releasing the ball quicker and his numbers last year indicate just how good he was at that when facing the blitz.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) August 12, 2014
That top five ranking is well deserved and will only get better if he refines his skills leading up to kickoff. This is a make or break season for Hundley and he could end up being one of the best players in the country.