2018 UCLA Bruins football team

2018 UCLA Bruins football
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Division South division
2018 record 0–1 (0–0 Pac-12)
Head coach Chip Kelly (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro (1st season)
Home stadium Rose Bowl
(Capacity: 91,136)
2018 Pac-12 football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
North Division
California  0 0     1 0  
No. 13 Stanford  0 0     1 0  
Washington State  0 0     1 0  
No. 24 Oregon  0 0     1 0  
Oregon State  0 0     0 1  
No. 6 Washington  0 0     0 1  
South Division
Arizona State  0 0     1 0  
Colorado  0 0     1 0  
Utah  0 0     1 0  
No. 15 USC  0 0     1 0  
Arizona  0 0     0 1  
UCLA  0 0     0 1  
Championship: November 30, 2018
As of September 3, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 UCLA Bruins football team will represent the University of California, Los Angeles in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bruins are to be led by first-year head coach Chip Kelly and play their home games at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is a member of the Pac-12 Conference in the South Division.

Previous season

The Bruins began the season at 2–0, where the first win was a 35-point comeback against Texas A&M in front of 64,635 spectators at home on FOX.[1] At the conclusion of the second win, which was a 56–23 rout against Hawaii in front of 50,444 individuals at home on the Pac-12 Network, the Bruins were ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll. However, the Bruins would immediately be unranked after their loss at Memphis, and would have five more losses and four more wins at the conclusion of the regular season. Nevertheless, the Bruins participated in the 2017 Cactus Bowl against Kansas State, where they lost 17–35 then finished with an overall record 6–7, and 4–5 in conference play. As a result, Jim Mora was fired for "not [meeting] expectations" with the talent recruited.[2]

NFL Draft Selections

The Bruins had five individuals selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.[3][4]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Josh RosenQuarterback110Arizona Cardinals
Kolton MillerTackle115Oakland Raiders
Kenny YoungLinebacker4122Baltimore Ravens
Scott QuessenberryCenter5155Los Angeles Chargers
Jordan LasleyWide receiver5162Baltimore Ravens

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[5] Adarius Pickett DB JR
John Mackey Award[6] Caleb Wilson TE JR
Lou Groza Award[7] JJ Molson K JR
Ray Guy Award[8] Stefan Flintoft P JR
Paul Hornung Award[9] Darnay Holmes DB/KR SO
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[10] Caleb Wilson TE SR

Pac-12 Media Days

The 2018 Pac-12 media day was July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. The Pac-12 media poll was released with the Bruins predicted to finish in fourth place at Pac-12 South division.[11]

Media poll (South)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1USC225 (22)
2Utah209 (14)
3Arizona178 (3)
4UCLA116 (2)
5Colorado80 (1)
6Arizona State72

Recruiting

Position key

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits

The Bruins signed a total of 27 recruits.

Personnel

Coaching staff

NamePositionYear at UCLAAlma mater (Year)
Chip KellyHead Coach/Offensive Coordinator1stNew Hampshire (1990)
Dana BibleQuarterbacks Coach1stCincinnati (1976)
Jerry AzzinaroDefensive Coordinator1stAmerican International College (1982)
DeShaun FosterRunning backs coach2ndUCLA (2002)
Jimmie DoughertyWide receivers/Passing Game Coordinator2ndMissouri (2001)
Vince OghobaaseDefensive line coach1stDuke (2010)
Don PellumLinebackers coach1stOregon (1985)
Paul RhoadsDefensive backs coach1stMissouri Western (1988)
Roy ManningOutside linebackers coach/Special Teams Coordinator1stMichigan (2004)
Derek SageTight ends coach1stCal State Northridge (2003)
Justin FryeOffensive line coach1stIndiana (2006)

Roster

2018 UCLA Bruins Roster

Quarterback

  •  3 Wilton Speight - Graduate Transfer
  •  7 Dorian Thompson-Robinson - Freshman
  • 12 Austin Burton – Freshman
  • 15 Matt Lynch - Sophomore
  • 17 Josiah Norwood - Freshman
  • 18 Devon Modster - Sophomore

Running Back

  •  1 Soso Jamabo - Senior
  •  4 Bolu Olorunfunmi - Senior
  • 19 Kazmeir Allen - Freshman
  • 20 Brandon Stephens - Junior
  • 22 Kenroy Higgins II - Freshman
  • 26 Martell Irby - Freshman
  • 27 Joshua Kelly Junior
  • 28 Cole Kinder - Freshman

Receiver

  •  2 Kyle Philips - Freshman
  •  6 Stephen Johnson III - Junior
  •  9 Dymond Lee - Sophomore
  • 10 Demetric Felton - Sophomore
  • 11 Audie Omotosho - Sophomore
  • 14 Theo Howard - Junior
  • 17 Christian Pabico - Senior
  • 21 Michael Ezeike - Freshman
  • 23 Chase Cota - Freshman
  • 25 Antonio Brown - Freshman
  • 29 Delon Hurt - Freshman
  • 39 Ethan Fernea - Junior

Tight End

  • 33 Drew Platt - Freshman
  • 81 Caleb Wilson - Junior
  • 82 Matt Alaimo - Freshman
  • 83 David Priebe - Freshman
  • 85 Greg Dulcich - Freshman
  • 86 Devin Asiasi – Sophomore
  • 87 Jordan Wilson - Sophomore
  • 88 Connor Beadles - Freshman
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 55 Michael Alves - Sophomore
  • 56 Josh Wariboko-Alali - Junior
  • 57 Jon Gaines – Freshman
  • 60 Zack Sweeney – Freshman
  • 61 Bryan Weitzman – Sophomore
  • 64 Sam Marrazzo – Freshman
  • 65 Stephen DeFranco - Freshman
  • 66 Mohamed Khalil - Freshman
  • 70 Alec Anderson – Freshman
  • 71 Baraka Beckett - Freshman
  • 72 Zach Cochrun - Freshman
  • 73 Jake Burton - Sophomore
  • 74 Justin Murphy - Graduate Transfer
  • 75 Boss Tagaloa - Junior
  • 76 Christaphany Murray - Freshman
  • 77 Andre James - Sophomore
  • 78 Lucas Gramlick - Freshman

Defensive Lineman

  • 44 Martin Andrus – Sophomore
  • 50 Tyler Manoa – Freshman
  • 51 Martin Andrus – Sophomore
  • 53 Winston Polite – Freshman
  • 55 Steven Mason – Junior
  • 56 Atonio Mafi – Freshman
  • 85 Moses Robinson-Carr – Sophomore
  • 90 Rick Wade - Junior
  • 91 Otito Ogbonnia - Freshman
  • 92 Osa Odighizuwa - Sophomore
  • 93 Chigozie Nnoruka - Junior
  • 95 Marcus Moore - Sophomore
  • 97 Odua Isibor – Freshman
 

Linebacker

  •  2 Josh Woods - Senior
  • 11 Keisean Lucier-South - Junior
  • 12 Rahyme Johnson – Sophomore
  • 14 Krys Barnes - Junior
  • 15 Jaelan Phillips - Sophomore
  • 25 Tyree Thompson - Junior
  • 26 Leni Toailoa - Sophomore
  • 32 Mique Juarez - Sophomore
  • 33 Bo Calvert - Freshman
  • 41 Jayce Smalley - Freshman
  • 43 Je'Vari Anderson - Junior
  • 46 Donovan Williams - Freshman
  • 48 Winston Anawalt - Freshman
  • 52 Lokeni Toailoa - Junior

Defensive Back

  •  1 Darnay Holmes – Sophomore
  •  3 Rayshad Williams - Freshman
  •  4 Stephan Blaylock - Freshman
  •  6 Adarius Pickett - Senior
  •  7 Morrell Osling III – Sophomore
  •  9 Elijah Gates – Freshman
  • 10 Colin Samuel - Junior
  • 19 Alex Johnson - Freshman
  • 22 Nate Meadors - Senior
  • 23 Kenny Churchwell III - Freshman
  • 24 Jay Shaw – Sophomore
  • 27 Patrick Jolly - Freshman
  • 29 Ryan Parks - Freshman
  • 30 Elisha Guidry – Freshman
  • 31 Zack Huffstutter - Freshman
  • 35 Rahjae Johnson - Freshman
  • 37 Quinten Lake - Sophomore
  • 47 Shea Pitts - Freshman

Punter

  • 20 Stefan Flintoft - Senior
  • 49 Colin Flintoft - Freshman

Kicker

  • 15 Andrew Strauch - Junior
  • 17 JJ Molson - Junior
  • 21 Quintin Wallace - Freshman

Long Snapper

  • 30 Johnny Den Bleyker - Junior
  • 58 Alex Michaelsen - Freshman
  • 58 Koby Walsh - Sophomore

Sources:

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 14:00 p.m.Cincinnati*ESPNL 17–2654,116
September 810:00 a.m.at Oklahoma*FOX
September 157:30 p.m.Fresno State*
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FS1
September 286:00 p.m.at ColoradoFS1
October 6Washington
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
October 13at California
October 20Arizona
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
October 267:30 p.m.Utah
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
ESPN
November 3at Oregon
November 10at Arizona State
November 17USC
November 24Stanford
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
  • *Non-conference game
  • Homecoming
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Sources: [12][13]

Game summaries

Cincinnati

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Cincinnati Bearcats at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Bearcats 0 17 0926
Bruins 10 0 7017

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

at Oklahoma

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–32005W 41–24
UCLA Bruins at Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Sooners 0 0 000

at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma

  • Date: September 8, 2018
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • TV: FOX

Fresno State

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–22008L 31–36
Fresno State Bulldogs at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: September 15, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. PDT
  • TV: FS1

at Colorado

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–32017W 27–23
UCLA Bruins at Colorado Buffaloes
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Buffaloes 0 0 000

at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado

  • Date: September 28, 2018
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. MDT
  • TV: FS1

Washington

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–32–22017L 23–44
Washington Huskies at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: October 6, 2018

at California

Overall record Last meeting Result
53–33–12017W 30–27
87th rivalry meeting: UCLA Bruins at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Golden Bears 0 0 000

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

  • Date: October 13, 2018

Arizona

Overall record Last meeting Result
24–16–22017L 30–47
Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: October 20, 2018

Utah

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–52017L 17–48
Utah Utes at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Utes 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: October 26, 2018
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. PDT
  • TV: ESPN

at Oregon

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–282017W 31–14
UCLA Bruins at Oregon Ducks
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Ducks 0 0 000

at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon

  • Date: November 3, 2018

at Arizona State

Overall record Last meeting Result
20–13–12017W 44–37
UCLA Bruins at Arizona State Sun Devils
1 2 34Total
Bruins 0 0 000
Sun Devils 0 0 000

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

  • Date: November 10, 2018

USC

Overall record Last meeting Result
31–47–72017L 23–28
85th Battle for the Victory Bell: USC Trojans at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Trojans 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: November 17, 2018

Stanford

Overall record Last meeting Result
45–41–32017L 34–58
Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Cardinal 0 0 000
Bruins 0 0 000

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: November 24, 2018

Notes

  • August 30, 2018 – Wilton Speight named starting quarterback for the Bruins

References

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  2. "Jim Mora fired by UCLA after six seasons as head coach". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
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