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Going Camping: Offensive line

UCLA
fall camp is just a few days away, and with that,
BruinSportsReport.com continues its Going Camping preview with the
offensive line.
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2013 UCLA OFFENSIVE LINE AT A GLANCE
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PRE-CAMP DEPTH CHART
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1. Xavier Su'a-Filo - 6-3, 304,Junior
The best offensive linemen UCLA has will start at left tackle until
Simon Goines or Torian White proves they can play here. Ideally, UCLA
would like to slide Su'a-Filo down to guard.
2. Torian White - 6-5, 285,
RS Sophomore
White will likely start out fighting for the LT or RT spots. As soon as
he shows he can play there consistently, which shouldn't take long
given his experience last season, he'll likely play one of the tackle
spots and slide Su'a-Filo into his natural guard position.
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GUARD
1. Ben Wysocki - 6-4, 285,
RS Sophomore
When we last saw Wysocki at a UCLA recruiting camp a few weeks ago, he
had really reshaped his body and should come into camp as the starter
at guard. One of the freshman could certainly beat him out, but until
that happens, he should be penciled in here for now.
2. Alex Redmond - 6-5, 295,
Freshman
Redmond was a complete beast in high school, and if he carries that
over to UCLA, he should threaten Wysocki for the starting job on Day
One.
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1. Jake Brendel - 6-4, 280, RS
Sophomore
After the season he had last year, Brendel should be poised to anchor
this offensive line for the next three years.
2a.
Carl Hulick - 6-2, 277, RS Freshman
Hulick should be penciled in as the immediate backup to start camp, but
holding off Scott Quessenberry won't be easy.
2b.
Scott Quessenberry - 6-3, 275, Freshman
Quessenberry is one of UCLA's most underrated true freshman, mostly
because he plays the center position. It shouldn't be long before he's
challenging both Hulick and Brendel for their spots on the OL.
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GUARD

1.
Caleb Benenoch - 6-5, 315, Freshman
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Benenoch will probably be penciled in as the starter, as he was one of
Adrian Klemm's most coveted 2013 recruits.
2.
Kevin McReynolds - 6-2, 292, RS Sophomore
After moving from DL to OL last year, McReynolds should be in the
two-deep to start camp. He has an ideal body type for this guard spot,
and UCLA is hoping for big improvement from him this fall.
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TACKLE
1.
Simon Goines - 6-6, 320, Sophomore
After starting as a true freshman last fall, Goines missed a lot of
spring camp with injuries. He should be healthy for this August, and if
he is, it'd be hard to see him not starting on Day One.

2.
Torian White - 6-5, 282, RS Sophomore
Just like the left tackle spot, as soon as White proves he can be a
consistent player for this team, he should move to one of the starting
tackle spots, freeing up Su'a-Filo for guard.
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BATTLE TO KEEP AN EYE ON
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just about every position there will be a battle to watch. But the one
thing to keep an eye on will be the freshmen fighting for spots. Right
now, it looks like Kenny Lacy, Christian Morris, Poasi Moala and John
Lopez should all be in line to redshirt. The rest - Benenoch,
Quessenberry and Redmond - should be in big competitions for their
respective guard and center positions. If one can emerge as a legit
starter, it would really help this team.
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PRESSURE IS ON...
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White. Goines' leash appears to be much longer than White's, and the
redshirt sophomore had some up and down moments starting at left tackle
last year. He's fully expected to make the leap to bona fide starter
this year, but if he doesn't, he could get lost in the wash next year
with all the true freshmen tackles a year older.
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NEWCOMER TO WATCH
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Benenoch has been touted as UCLA's starting right guard since the
moment he committed. He should be the only true freshman on offense
getting that opportunity on Day One of camp, and seeing what he does
with that job will be very interesting.
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POSITION MVP
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Su'a-Filo can play all five positions along the offensive line, and he
can play them all at an NFL level. In fact, there's some legitimate
concern at UCLA that Su'a-Filo won't be back for his senior season, as
the first round appears to be calling his name. He'll probably start
out at left tackle this season, but should be a force at left guard
once the young tackles get their feet situated.
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