Jim Mora Jr. is heading into his second season as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins and his team is looking to make an unexpected splash in the Pac-12. Last year was a transition year for the Bruins and they were inconsistent to say the least, ending the 2012 season with a three game losing streak.
One thing is for certain, UCLA most improve on the offensive side of the ball if they are going to compete with defending Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks. Devin Lucien was going to be a big part to this team in his freshmen year, but a broken collarbone sidelined him for all but five games in 2012. While on the field, Lucien shined with 10 catches for 188 yards. Bruins faithful are excited to see Lucien back on the gridiron as he was a four-star recruit and had enormous expectations this time last year.
Of course the quarterback play for the Bruins is also going to be key if Lucien hopes to emerge at all in 2013–Brett Hundley was a freshman last season and excelled with 29 touchdowns and 3745 passing yards. Hopefully these two can connect for big plays this coming fall as the Bruins have not had an effective QB-WR in quite some time.
This could be a big year for Lucien and if he plays his cards right he could wind up a first-round pick in the NFL Draft when he is finally eligible to enter the professional ranks. Lucien must find a way to stay healthy though because the Bruins simply do not have play-making depth at the wide receiver position. Look for the Bruins to be relevant in 2013 and Lucein to be a big reason why.