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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: UCLA
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  06/22/22 - Zach CharbonnetrJr/2024, UCLA, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  NFL teams typically value younger running backs over more experienced options given worries over wear and tear. Even so, UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet could follow in the mold of Najee Harris, who put quality junior and senior seasons at Alabama together to vault into the 2021 NFL Draft's first round. Charbonnet is built like a tank at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, but his size does not limit his speed and agility. He is just as comfortable running around tackles as he is through, and has handled his collegiate workload thus far without major injury. That versatility and durability should make him an enticing prospect. - USCFootball.com

(DS#2 RB) rJr/2024 RB Zach CharbonnetUCLA
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  UCLA hasn't won a Pac-12 South title since 2012. Kelly seems oblivious to all the noise and flash surrounding USC. He continues to go about his business. Expectations were high when the Bruins hired Kelly but those have yet to be realized. Could UCLA contend for the Pac-12 title this fall? Last year, it led the Pac-12 in scoring offense, 36.5 points per game. The Bruins return quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who completed 62% of his passes for 2,409 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2021 and opted to come back for a fifth season.

DTR missed the Utah game last year after suffering an arm injury the previous week against Oregon. "He has a ton of reps under his belt that he has in his catalog in the back of his brain," Kelly said. "Like, 'I've been in this situation before and this is what happened." "He's displayed great leadership with all the younger guys. To have the quarterback really be a leader and coming back for Year 5 has really been huge for us." - Deseret News


(DS#11 QB) rSr/2023 QB Dorian Thompson-RobinsonUCLA
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  06/19/22 - Zach CharbonnetrJr/2024, UCLA, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  The Bruins took a major step forward in Year 4 under Chip Kelly with 8 wins, the most since 2015. The offense was one of the best in the Pac-12 last season, led by dual-threat quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who combined for over 3,000 yards of offense and 30 total touchdowns. UCLA also returns talented tailback Zach Charbonnet, who was second in the league in rushing with 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns. The defense, which was much-maligned over Kelly's four seasons, should show growth with plenty of experienced players. That's good news for a team that hosts two of its most formidable challengers in Utah (Oct. 8) and USC (Nov. 19) this year. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#2 RB) rJr/2024 RB Zach CharbonnetUCLA
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  05/30/22 - Darius MuasaurJr/2024, UCLA, 6-1, 230 (DS#20 ILB) + More +

  The Hawaii Bowl once again plans to hold a game for the first time since 2019. The college football bowl game is planning to hold its annual contest on Christmas Eve at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, with kickoff set for 3 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawaii Bowl hasn't been held since 2019, back when the University of Hawaii defeated BYU 38-34. The 2019 edition of the Hawaii Bowl turned out to be the final UH game for former quarterback Cole McDonald and former head coach Nick Rolovich.

Hawaii withdrew from the 2021 Hawaii Bowl due to COVID-19 cases plaguing the team internally. The Rainbow Warriors were due to play Memphis. The 2022 Hawaii Bowl will feature a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from Conference USA. If Hawaii wins at least seven regular season games and doesn't win the Mountain West championship game, they will be the Mountain West's representative in the 2022 Hawaii Bowl. - Khon2.com


(DS#20 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB Darius MuasauUCLA
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  05/05/22 - Jaylan JeffersrSo/2025, UCLA, 6-5, 291 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  It might no longer be the thin blue line many UCLA fans feared. The verbal commitment of Jaylan Jeffers, an offensive tackle from Oregon who tweeted Thursday about his intra-Pac-12 transfer, could fortify what was widely viewed as the Bruins' primary weakness after losing Sean Rhyan and Alec Anderson to the NFL draft. Jeffers is the second offensive tackle to transfer to UCLA in hopes of immediate playing time, joining Raiqwon O'Neal, an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season at Rutgers.

Unlike O'Neal, the 6-foot-5, 291-pound Jeffers, a redshirt freshman, has not played much in college, appearing in only one game with the Ducks. A onetime three-star prospect from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High, Jeffers did not play in 2020 before making his college debut last season. He has four seasons of remaining eligibility and becomes the second Oregon player to transfer to UCLA, after cornerback Jaylin Davies. - Los Angeles Times


(DS#999 OT) rSo/2025 OT Jaylan JeffersUCLA
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  05/04/22 - Kyle PhilipsrJr/2022, UCLA, 5-11, 181 (DS#16 WR) + More +

  Wide receiver Kyle Philips got the call from the Tennessee Titans on Saturday and immediately broke down in tears. For the San Marcos native who led UCLA in receptions the past three seasons, the moment he made the NFL marked a dream come true. "I thought I was going to be able to hold (the tears) back, but I couldn't do it," Philips told reporters after he was drafted. "I was just extremely thankful." Philips, who was selected with the 163rd pick in the fifth round, was one of four Bruins to hear their name called Saturday. He went three spots after defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia, who was selected 160th overall by the Chargers. Defensive back Quentin Lake also stayed in L.A., going 211th overall in the sixth round to the Rams. - Orange County Register

(DS#16 WR) rJr/2022 WR Kyle PhilipsUCLA
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  05/04/22 - Otito OgbonniaSr/2022, UCLA, 6-4, 323 (DS#15 DT) + More +

  UCLA defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia already knew he was going to the Chargers before they picked him in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL draft Saturday. The Chargers selected the 6-foot-3, 324-pound Ogbonnia with the 160th overall pick. The four-year UCLA standout has the size and strength to develop into a stout run stopper, something the Chargers need more of after a disappointing season against the run.

Ogbonnia, who played in 43 games with the Bruins, said he enjoyed the vibe from Chargers' coaches after their productive meeting. "I always knew I was going to the Chargers ever since I visited them," Ogbonnia said. "I had a feeling I was going there. I kinda manifested it in a way where I didn't almost jinx myself, but it ended up happening and I'm forever grateful for it. "The vibe I got, something just told me, ‘This is the place I can be most successful and the place I needed to be.' Just being under that staff, being under that defense, somewhere where I can really excel. It kinda went both ways. I think they saw it out of me and I saw it out of them. I knew it was going to be my top destination that I wanted to go to." - Orange County Register


(DS#15 DT) Sr/2022 DT Otito OgbonniaUCLA
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  05/01/22 - Jake BoborSr/2023, UCLA, 6-4, 215 (DS#108 WR) + More +

  During UCLA's spring showcase last Saturday, coach Chip Kelly put on the headset live on the Pac-12 Network and made it pretty clear: Don't be surprised if Jake Bobo is atop his wide receiver depth chart come fall. Bobo, who transferred to UCLA after four years at Duke, has coaches raving during spring practice and is well on pace to be one of Dorian Thompson-Robinson's targets on the outside. "Jake has been outstanding," Kelly said. "He can make contested catches. He's a big, strong, physical target. He's smart, he's intelligent. I know Dorian and all our quarterbacks are really happy that they can look out wide and see No. 9 there." Bobo had a career year last season at Duke with 74 receptions for 794 yards, which ranked ninth in the ACC. UCLA hopes Bobo can serve as a reliable third down option, a safety valve of sorts.

And Bobo believes that understanding what he's good at has earned him instant credibility amongst teammates and coaches. He knows that he won't blow by defenders. But at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, what Bobo lacks in speed, he makes up for in size and toughness. Wide receivers coach Jerry Neuheisel Jr. said that Bobo and Mokiao-Atimalala are not only talented, but also "great people." "To be able to get Jake after his career at Duke, to be honest, I thought we got really lucky," Neuheisel Jr. said. "We got a steal on that one. "You talk about some of these quarterback-receiver duos - whether that's professionally or in college sports - there's a relationship off the field there and that comes with time," Bobo said. "So that's what we'll do this summer and the rest of this spring and into the fall." - Orange County Register


(DS#108 WR) rSr/2023 WR Jake BoboUCLA
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  04/29/22 - Jake BoborSr/2023, UCLA, 6-4, 215 (DS#108 WR) + More +

  Duke transfer Jake Bobo has made a strong first impression in just a few weeks, with coach Chip Kelly acknowledging that he's "pushing himself to wide receiver one right now." Thompson-Robinson will need to find a new top receiver to turn to after Kyle Philips declared for the draft. The 6-foot-5 Bobo, who spent four years as Duke, could be his new target. - Orange County Register

(DS#108 WR) rSr/2023 WR Jake BoboUCLA
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  12/27/21 - Kyle PhilipsrJr/2022, UCLA, 5-11, 181 (DS#16 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Kyle Philips, R-Jr., UCLA,...Philips, who was also selected as the second-team return specialist, led all Pac-12 receivers with 10 scoring receptions in 2021. He topped the UCLA receptions list for the third straight season, the first Bruin receiver to do so since Craig Bragg did it over four straight seasons from 2001-04. Philips rated second in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (67.18) and was third overall in receptions per game (5.36). He completed the regular season fourth on the all-time UCLA list for receptions (163). - UCLA Football

(DS#16 WR) rJr/2022 WR Kyle PhilipsUCLA
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  12/27/21 - Greg DulcichrJr/2022, UCLA, 6-4, 242 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  2021 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Greg Dulcich, R-Jr., UCLA,...Dulcich, a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, rated fifth overall in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (60.4). He caught 42 passes on the season for a 17.3-yard average which ranked as the third-best mark nationally among tight ends in 2021. Dulcich added two 100-yard performances to his resume in 2021, with a 117-yard effort in UCLA's win over LSU and a 136-yard night against Arizona State. - UCLA Football

(DS#2 TE) rJr/2022 TE Greg DulcichUCLA
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  12/27/21 - *Sean RhyanJr/2022, UCLA, 6-5, 323 (DS#4 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Sean Rhyan, Jr., UCLA,...Rhyan helped pave the way for the Bruins to average over 200 yards per game on the ground for the second straight season (215.1) while producing a 1,000-yard rusher in Zach Charbonnet. It marked the first time since the 1985-87 seasons that UCLA has achieved consecutive 200-plus yard rushing campaigns. UCLA ranks 16th nationally in rushing offense and led the Pac-12 in scoring (36.5). - UCLA Football

(DS#4 OG) Jr/2022 OG *Sean RhyanUCLA
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  12/27/21 - Zach CharbonnetrJr/2024, UCLA, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  2021 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Zach Charbonnet, Jr., UCLA,...In addition to Philips' second-team honor as a kick returner, UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Charbonnet represent the Bruin offense. The second-team defense includes Bruin outside linebacker Mitchell Agude, as well as, defensive backs Qwuantrezz Knight and Quentin Lake. Charbonnet ranked second in the Pac-12 in rushing yards (1,137) and rushing yards per game (94.8). - UCLA Football

(DS#2 RB) rJr/2024 RB Zach CharbonnetUCLA
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  2021 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Sr., UCLA,...Thompson-Robinson led the Pac-12 with a 153.94 passing efficiency rating and was second among league quarterbacks with 21 touchdown passes in 2021. - UCLA Football

(DS#11 QB) rSr/2023 QB Dorian Thompson-RobinsonUCLA
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  12/27/21 - Kyle PhilipsrJr/2022, UCLA, 5-11, 181 (DS#16 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Kyle Philips, R-Jr., UCLA,...Philips also returned nine punts for a 22.6-yard average, including an 82-yard scoring return against Colorado. The Bruins enter the bowl season second in the nation in punt-return average (20.0). - UCLA Football

(DS#16 WR) rJr/2022 WR Kyle PhilipsUCLA
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