The Bruins have gotten off to a disappointing 0-3 start, and it’s clear that there are some decisions to be made as we move forward through the rest of the season.
While some roadblocks were expected, the team has had a few variables play out that were unexpected, and a few issues of concern that need to be shored up. As we move toward the matchup in Colorado this week, here are a few important developments to key in on.
The Quarterback Depth Chart Took a Hit
The quarterback position has been one of the most questionable since the beginning of the year. Wilton Speight got hurt early in the first game of the season and hasn’t seen the field since.
Coming off the bye week, questions arose about whether or not Speight would be back and ready to play. He’s apparently still day to day but has been seen throwing the ball and going through his progressions in practice.
It’s unclear whether he’ll reclaim the starting role to finish out the season or whether Chip Kelly plans to go with the true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson. He’s gone for two touchdowns and two picks thus far.
This week, news broke that the quarterback depth chart will be shaken up even further, as back quarterback Devon Modster announced that he’s leaving the program.
Modster, the redshirt sophomore, saw some action last season, throwing for four touchdowns and nearly 700 yards.
The quarterback shakeup makes it imperative that Chip Kelly and his program find a hot prospect going into the offseason. Jayden Daniels, a 6-foot-3 4-star recruit, could be tops on the list.
UCLA’s Defense Needs Help
Aside from offensive struggles, UCLA has had problems on defense. In three games, teams have scored a combined 113 points against the Bruins -- a clear indicator that they need to shore up some holes in their defense.
This is troubling, since going to the season, the defense was thought to be a bright spot that would buy the offense some time.
Coaches Are Still Trying to Get Their Footing Because the Team is Not Gelling
When the announcement that Chip Kelly would take over the head coach role came out, fans were champing at the bit imagining what the team’s offense would look like. While a learning curve was to be expected, the team’s tempo seems to be a bit of an issue.
They haven’t had the sense of urgency that many expected. This could very well be due to a lack of experience in certain parts of the roster but it’s also clear that the team hasn’t all the way transformed into the machine that Chip Kelly typically likes to operate.
So as you can see, there are a few guidelines that you will want to keep in mind when it comes to the Bruins football team. These details will take some time to play out as the season moves along, but it’s clear that they need a win and some momentum very soon.