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Shaq Evans is the leading pass catcher for the Bruins and has been Hundley’s go-to option in 2013. He has 210 yards receiving and three touchdowns and provides a bigger target for Hundley. The underrated option so far this season has been Devin Fuller, who works mostly out of the slot for Hundley. Fuller has 12 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. Look for Hundley to spread the ball around as 20 players have caught passes for UCLA this season. The Bruins are ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in passing so far this season.
The Utah offensive line held up well against a talented BYU defensive front, surrendering only one sack and keeping Wilson upright to make plays down the field. So far this season, the line has only given up four sacks.
UCLA ranks just behind Utah in the Pac-12, surrendering five sacks to opposing defenses. Both teams have had success in the passing and running game, winning the battle up front for the most part.
Defensive line and linebackers:
The match up of both team’s defensive front sevens versus the opposing quarterback will determine the outcome of this game. Utah has been dominant in the defensive trenches so far this season with 15 sacks and 31 tackles for loss, trailing only USC in sack efficiency at the top of the Pac-12. The defensive line had a coming out party against BYU, sacking the elusive Taysom Hill five times and racking up eight tackles for loss. Trevor Reilly, Nate Orchard and Tenny Palepoi continue to be focal points, but junior linebacker Jacoby Hale is beginning to draw some attention, with three tackles for loss and two sacks against the Cougars. The concern is that the Utes defense lost contain on Hill several times, allowing him to rush for almost 100 yards, something that will hurt them even more against a dual threat passer like Hundley.
Converted tight end Anthony Barr is considered one of, if not the best outside linebackers in the nation this season. Barr’s statistics haven’t shown the impact he’s had on the Bruin’s defense this season. With only one sack, it’s easy to discount him, but he also has five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and opens up opportunities for his teammates to wreak havoc. Senior defensive end Graham Keenan has three sacks and three tackles for loss, while true freshman linebacker Myles Jack is making a name for himself opposite of Barr.
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