The UCLA Bruins have their sights set on reclaiming the Pac-12 South Division title in 2014 and will rely on a talented and athletic roster to get it done. Defensively, the team will have to replace some key contributors but have the leadership in place to avoid a letdown this fall. In the secondary, that leader will be Fabian Moreau who will build off a strong 2013 season and break out for the Bruins in 2014.
Last season as a sophomore, Moreau began to flourish at corner after switching from running back (a trend UCLA seems to have perfected in recent years). He started all 12 games he played in and finished ninth on the team with 52 tackles and four pass breakups. He received honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition for his efforts and has only continued to develop his game over the offseason.
This spring, head coach Jim Mora has raved about Moreau’s development at cornerback and believes that he will grow into a “sure-fire first-round pick” by the time he’s done at UCLA. The 6-foot, 200-pound Moreau has the size to get physical with receivers and the speed to turn and run with him, making him a perfect candidate to be the team’s shut down corner moving forward.
The expectations are sky-high for UCLA in 2014 and Mora is counting on Moreau to be a leader in the Bruins’ secondary. There’s no denying that the skill is there for him to make an impact but we will have to see how he handles the pressure of leadership. If the Bruins make a run for the Pac-12 title, however, Fabian Moreau will be a major part of it.