The Sun Bowl was supposed to be an opportunity for both Brett Hundley and Logan Thomas to impress scouts one more time before beginning offseason preparation for the looming NFL Draft. While Thomas exited early due to a possible concussion, Hundley impressed everyone with his athleticism and speed on his way to rushing for 161 yards on just 10 carries.
Hundley wasn’t asked to do much with his arm on Tuesday afternoon, but he impressed with a late game 59-yard touchdown throw and finished with a total of 226 passing yards. Hundley put in a great all-around effort for the Bruins, but most importantly, he made great decisions on when to tuck and run, which is ultimately what led the UCLA Bruins to a 42-12 victory.
The most important and impressive run of the day was a second-quarter 86-yard touchdown run by the redshirt sophomore quarterback that gave the Bruins the lead for good over an offensively struggling Virginia Tech squad. Hundley wasn’t alone in his rushing efforts as the Bruins ran the ball a total of 34 times, but Hundley gained the majority of the team’s 200 rushing yards, leaving him as the clear-cut MVP.
After putting up nearly 400 yards of total offense on the day, Hundley will receive high praise for his performance, but must answer the many questions on his draft eligibility. He’s one of the more athletic passers in the nation and with a rocket arm. Many NFL team’s are viewing him as a first-round talent, making it even tougher for Hundley to elect to return to UCLA for one more season. The UCLA fan base will be clamoring for Hundley to return and give them some BCS Bowl aspirations for 2014, but that may be too much to ask for from a 20-year-old who is about to make millions.