In less than 100 days, UCLA will begin its most anticipated football season in awhile. For the first time in what seems like awhile, multiple players on this UCLA team have been tabbed as preseason All-Americans—in Brett Hundley, Anthony Barr and Xavier Su'a-Filo—while the squad possesses two bona fide Heisman candidates in Barr and Hundley.
All of this is a result of a wildly successful 2012 season, a campaign that saw the Bruins win nine games, the first time the program has won more than seven games in a season since 2005 (an abberation year during the oft-maligned Karl Dorrell era).
Of course, that 2012 squad—while successful relative to UCLA's success in the 2000s—was frustrating at times, and was nowhere near flawless. As Jim Mora likes to point out, it was a good season, but far from a great one.
But what is it exactly that UCLA did poorly in that needs improvement if this team is going to take a step further this season? Without trying to define what is considered a "next step," what are obvious deficiencies this team dealt with last year that need to be addressed so that they don't handicap their 2013 counterparts? Let's discuss that now.no comments