The No. 22 UCLA Bruins defeated the No. 23 USC Trojans in a PAC-12 South matchup that didn’t have any major implications besides bragging rights and a better record. The Arizona State Sun Devils already secured their place in the PAC-12 Championship game. However, star quarterback Brett Hundley played extremely well and showed why he could be the favorite for the Heisman if he comes back next season.
Hundley will have two extremely talented receivers returning in sophomores Devin Fuller and Jordan Payton, as well as running backs Paul Perkins and Jordon James. Don’t forget running back/linebacker Myles Jack, who will be a sophomore. The UCLA offense will have the potential to be one of the most explosive in the country next season.
On top of the potential to win the Heisman next season, Hundley might not be drafted if he was to leave for the 2014 NFL Draft. There are far too many quarterbacks ranked above him that will be leaving this season. Some of these include Johnny Manziel (potentially), Jordan Lynch, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota (potentially), Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron and Zach Mettenberger.
It wouldn’t be a smart move for Hundley to go to the NFL the same year as all these prospects when he could be a first-round pick next season. With Hundley, UCLA could start next season as the favorites in the PAC-12 and be a National Championship contender. Hundley has a big decision to make this offseason, but there are far more reasons for him to stay than leave.