The UCLA Bruins will field one of the more talented teams in the country next season and have the pieces in place to make a run at a third straight appearance in the Pac 12 title game. To get there, however, they will have to find another gear to stay ahead of the ever-improving competition of the Pac 12 South. Could wide receiver Devin Lucien be the secret weapon that springs the Bruins’ offense in 2013?
You may not think so looking at the stat sheet from last season. In 2012, Lucien had just 10 catches in eight games and failed to find the end zone. But what he did with those 10 catches, averaging 18.80 yards per, was what makes him a candidate for a breakout 2013. The sophomore has shown home-run potential to go with his excellent body control and his ability to gain yards after the catch will make him an outstanding option for Brett Hundley next fall.
For Lucien to become a featured part of the offense, he will need to work on his consistency. While he has the ability to break off a huge play, he can struggle if he doesn’t release clean or doesn’t have the open field to work with. Sometimes, the team will just need a solid six yards on a good, clean underneath route against press coverage and Lucien has to be able to deliver that. Injuries have also hurt the talented receiver while in Westwood, so staying healthy is paramount for a big year for him.
There are pieces in place for UCLA to be a very good football team in 2013. Will Devin Lucien be the spark that makes them great?