Eric Kendricks has been a top performer on the UCLA defense all season and he made his presence felt in this contest. Oddly enough, Kendricks was in the hospital earlier in the week with a liver injury that nearly kept him out of Saturday’s Pac-12 battle. Thankfully, Kendricks was on the field for Week 9 and made sure that everyone watching at home knew about No. 6. Whenever Heisman Trophy-hopeful Marcus Mariota would get out of the pocket, Kendricks was right there to stop a big play from happening.
With that being said, each one of the Bruins’ linebackers came to play against the Ducks. Anthony Barr, Myles Jack, Jordan Zumwalt and Kendricks combined for 18 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles, and one blocked punt. This group hasn’t earned the type of credit it has deserved throughout the Bruins’ undefeated season, so it’s actually quite nice to see Kendricks and company being referred to as some of the top linebackers in the nation.
One thing is for certain; the Bruins are going to rely heavily on their linebacker group as UCLA makes a push toward its first Pac-12 title after being the runner-up for two-straight seasons.