UCLA Football Pre-Season Fall Camp Preview: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Stephen Dunn

With UCLA's pre-season football camp in San Bernardino on the horizon, Bruins Nation will preview the 2013-14 roster with a look of each positional group and offer some thoughts about the Bruins' projected depth chart. We continue today with our look at the Wide Receivers and Tight Ends.

ICYMI, you can catch gbruin's preview of the offensive line here, Patroclus's preview of the defensive backs here and IE Angel's preview of the linebackers here.

Similar to the offensive line, the wide receivers and tight ends have the potential to be one of the better units on the football team. Although UCLA will surely miss the surehanded 6'7 Big Joe Fauria, who is now a Detroit Lion and Jerry Rice Jr's contributions on special teams, there are several youngsters on the team who have the potential to shine and make Brett Hundley look even better.

Shaquelle Evans, the former Inglewood High star and Notre Dame transfer, is the elder statesman of the group and the only surefire starter. A solid route runner and excellent blocker (see Evans' block that sprung Hundley into the end zone on the first snap of Hundley's collegiate career), Evans should build upon his 60-reception, 877-yard junior campaign.

The other wide receiver across from Evans will either be true sophomore Jordan Payton, a consistent, talented possession receiver or redshirt sophomore Devin Lucien, a potential star who wowed early in spring practices and publicly declared that he was out for Payton's starting position. Lucien's season was cut short last year when the receiver broke his collarbone in the Colorado game so we are excited to see what he can bring to the table during a full season.

The other wide receivers who should see playing time this season, include true freshman Eldridge Massington and walk-ons Logan Sweet (he of the last second Holiday Bowl touchdown) and Tyler Scott. Talented incoming freshmen, Eldridge Massington, Jalen Ortiz, Darren Andrews and a solid corps of returning vets, Zach Hernandez, Ahmaad Harris, Sam Handler, Nick Pasquale and Grayson Mazzone will push for playing time as well.

Kenneth Walker, who played as a true freshman last season, will redshirt this season as he recovers from an injury. Massington has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered in high school, but he enrolled in the spring and barring any complications, should provide depth this season.

In addition to the traditional wide receiver sets, Noel Mazzone's offense also features an F-receiver and a Y-receiver. Fauria, a tight end in the NFL, was a pass catching Y in Mazzone's schemes. Devin Fuller, a converted QB from New Jersey, is a top notch athlete and an explosive player, who should start at the F. Mora once compared Fuller to the Seattle Seahawk's Percy Harvin, who is utilized on the field as a receiver/running back hybrid. Another year at the receiver position should help Fuller grasp Mazzone's offense and learn the nuances of the receiver position. At the F-position, similar type players Jalen Ortiz and Ahmaad Harris should get reps behind Fuller.

At the Y-position, potential starter Darius Bell returns for his senior season after an injury plagued 2011. Although he is not built like a traditional TE, he has the ability to make the tough catch in traffic and finds ways to get open. True sophomore Ian Taubler is the more traditional blocking tight end in Mazzone's scheme. Taubler is an old school, smashmouth type blocker who opened up gaping holes for the running game last season. Incoming freshman Thomas Duarte also has the potential to take Bell's starting spot. A highly touted recruit out of traditional powerhouse, Mater Dei, Duarte was a phenomenal wide receiver but is very raw when it comes to blocking as a tight end. Redshirt senior Jordan Barrett, a transfer from UNLV should also see reps as well. Walk-on Daniel Eaton is the other Y-receiver.

Here is my opening look at how our wide receivers and tight ends shake out entering Fall Camp.


Shaquelle Evans

(*Sr - 6'1, 211)

Jordan Payton

(So - 6'1, 212)

Devin Fuller

(So - 5'11, 195)

Darius Bell

(*Sr - 5'11, 212)

Eldridge Massington

(Fr - 6'1, 206)

Devin Lucien

(*So - 6'0, 185)

Jalen Ortiz

(Fr - 5'7, 172)

Ian Taubler

(So - 6'4, 252)

Logan Sweet

(*Fr - 6'0, 186)

Tyler Scott

(*So - 6'2, 205)

Ahmaad Harris

(*Fr - 5'4, 165)

Thomas Duarte

(Fr - 6'3, 221)

Zach Hernandez

(*Fr - 6'0, 179)

Darren Andrew

(Fr - 5'10, 180

Nick Pasquale

(*Fr - 5'7, 172

Jordan Barrett

(*Sr - 6'2, 259)

Sam Handler

(*Fr - 5'10, 187)

Grayson Mazzone

(Fr - 5'8, 189

Daniel Eaton

(*Fr - 6'3, 193)

A couple of notes: I did not list Kenneth Walker since he will not be partaking in fall camp.

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