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July 22, 2013

Going Camping: Quarterbacks

UCLA fall camp is just a few days away, and with that, BruinSportsReport.com will kick off its fall camp preview with the quarterbacks.

1. Brett Hundley - 6-3, 227, RS Sophomore

Hundley is the leader of this offense. Wherever he goes, UCLA will go this season. In fact, because of his huge spring camp, there's some talk he might even be good enough to leave early for the NFL after this season.

2a. Jerry Neuheisel - 6-1, 191, RS Freshman

Neuheisel had a very disappointing spring camp after performing well on the scout team last season. He'll have to improve if he wants to be Hundley's backup this year.

2b. T.J. Millweard - 6-3, 218, RS Freshman

Out of all the second-string QBs in the spring, Millweard fared the best. If he backs up that performance with a nice fall camp, Millweard could get the nod as Hundley's backup this season.

3. Asiantii Woulard - 6-4, 220, Freshman

Woulard arrived on campus looking the part. A massive 6 feet 4, 220 pounds, he's definitely on the All-Airport team. If he can throw the ball half as well as he looks, he should be in the race for Hundley's backup spot this season.

5. Mike Fafaul - 6-1, 199, RS Freshman

A walk-on with a live arm, Fafaul will have to overcome size concerns to beat out the big three backup QB candidates.

The backup quarterback spot will be one of the most intriguing position battles to watch this August. If Hundley goes down, with no more Johnathan Franklin, the Bruins have to have a QB capable of carrying the load. Right now, none of the above quarterbacks looked like they could do that in the spring. Seeing how they perform on a day-to-day basis in San Bernardino will help figure out who gets the nod, but they all have to be better if UCLA truly wants to rely on them as the backup to Hundley.

Jerry Neuheisel. Yes, he's only a redshirt freshman, but he's one of the oldest players on the team. The son of former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, he should also be one of the brightest players on the team as well. But after regressing in fall camp, he's in danger of sliding deep down the depth chart. If he can't improve, he could find himself buried by the rest of the quarterbacks on this team.

Obviously, it's Asiantii Woulard. He's a complete mystery on the West Coast, as he played his high school down in Florida. Scouts out in California haven't seen much of him other than film, so catching his play on the first day of camp will be interesting. If he can show that he has the skills, UCLA sure would feel better about QB recruiting for the next few years.

It'll be tough to find a better quarterback in the nation than Brett Hundley, let alone the Pac-12. He was outstanding in spring ball, and was outstanding during the season last year too. He has "Top Five Pick" written all over him if he can keep improving, and he should be the reason why UCLA contends for a Rose Bowl this season.



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