With spring practice complete, the UCLA Bruins move into the offseason working tirelessly to improve from a disappointing 2011 season.
The Bruins figure to have a strong core of ends who should provide a consistent pass rush, as the big-play potential of this group was displayed during the spring game. There is not as much experience at tackle however, so the Bruins will likely break in some fresh faces there.
Despite the inexperience on the interior, the defensive line figures to be a strength of the team in 2012. Below is a quick breakdown of the key contributors to Coach Angus McLure’s defensive line group:
Projected Starter: Datone Jones (Senior - 6’5”, 280 lbs, – 14 starts in 2011)
Blessed with size and speed, Jones is one of the most versatile defensive lineman in the Pac-12. In 2011, Jones spent time at tackle as well as end, leading the team with 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 3 sacks. Jones recorded 2 sacks in the spring game as well. Projected ...