Scout Team Review: Offense

In the first installment of our annual tradition of analyzing the scout team, we take a look at all of the offensive players who didn't play much or at all this season...

As we said during fall camp this past year, UCLA has arguably more talent in the program than at any time in the last ten years. What that means is that, first, there's plenty to be excited about in terms of guys who are redshirting who project to be significant contributors down the line. What it also means, though, is that guys who might otherwise have had starter potential at UCLA under previous regimes are more likely to be projected as backups going forward.

In our first installment, we took a look at the offensive players who didn't see much, or any, playing time this year.

Scout Team Review: Offense

Asiantii Woulard
Asiantii Woulard, QB, (6'3, 205) RS FR—
Throughout the first week of fall camp, we raved about Woulard's potential, given what we'd seen of his throwing motion, delivery, and arm strength. He hit a bit of a wall toward the end of camp, and throughout the beginning part of the season, where he looked indecisive during 11 on 11 practice, as you would expect from a true freshman. By the end of the season, though, he had made some considerable strides, and looked good during preparations for the bowl game when he was given reps working in UCLA's offense, rather than on the scout team.

He's a thrower first, and a runner second, and doesn't quite have the agility that Brett Hundley has, nor the physical strength. He's still a good athlete, though. That said, he probably has a stronger arm than Hundley, and throws a tighter ball. Where he still needs to improve is on the mental side of the game, and it'll obviously really help him throughout winter workouts and into spring practice to have more reps in the actual offense along with more time to spend soaking in knowledge of the scheme, basic progressions, and the like. He has NFL potential if he can keep progressing.

Assuming Josh Rosen does in fact commit to UCLA in the coming months, the competition for Brett Hundley's spot in spring of 2015 should be a good one.

2014 Projection: Second string
Long term: Potential starter

Darren Andrews, WR, (5'10, 180) SO—
Andrews had an abbreviated beginning to his career, playing in three games before suffering a variety of injuries that sidelined him for the remainder of the year, including a lateral meniscus tear in his knee. When healthy, he showed flashes of his track speed, with the ability to play in the slot or outside. The expectation is that he'll be ready for spring practice, but with the way UCLA has brought in receivers over the last two classes, he's going to have fight for playing time.

2014 Projection: Backup receiver
Long term: Backup receiver.

Jalen Ortiz, WR, (5'9, 176) SO—
Ortiz, like Andrews, didn't play much after the mid-point of the season, but we liked what we saw from him during practice and in games. He might not have the top speed that Andrews has, but he has better quickness, which is at a premium at the F spot. With the amount of large receivers that UCLA is bringing in, along with the big, possession-types already in the program, we could see Ortiz carving a role out for himself as a quicker, shiftier option out of the slot.

2014 Projection: 2nd or 3rd string slot receiver
Long term: Potential starter

Kenneth Walker, WR, (5'9, 171) RS SO—
Walker sat out the entirety of the year after undergoing back surgery. He should be good to go for fall camp. When we last saw him, he looked good physically. When healthy, he's one of the faster players on the team. He's still developing as a pass catcher, and it's unfortunate that he had to sit out most of the year because this would have been prime development time for him.

2014 Projection: 2nd or 3rd string slot receiver
Long term: Potential starter.

Jerry Neuheisel, QB, (6'1, 192) RS SO—
Neuheisel showed this year that he's capable of being a solid backup at the Pac-12 level, coming in a couple of times when Hundley was momentarily hurt and showing poise. He still doesn't project as an eventual starter, with limited arm strength, but as a fill-in for a series here or there, he can do a nice job.

2014 Projection: 3rd string quarterback
Long term: 3rd string quarterback.

Mike Fafaul, QB, (6'1, 201) RS SO—
Fafaul may have given up the award for throwing the prettiest ball to Asiantii Woulard, but hopefully that won't bring him down. He throws a great ball, and has a very good throwing motion. Between he and Aaron Sharp, the scout team offense should be well taken care of this year.

2014 Projection: 4th string quarterback
Long term: 4th string quarterback

Craig Lee, RB, (6'0, 188) RS FR—
Lee looked very fast during fall camp and throughout the year, but he has a good deal of work to do in terms of picking up blocking assignments, adding strength, and improving as a pass catcher. He's still pretty skinny, with fairly skinny legs, so he'll want to continue to improve his strength over the coming months. As a runner, he has considerable talent, with good top end speed and good quickness, but UCLA asks a lot of its running backs, and there are some areas where he'll need to improve. If he can get stronger and improve his catching, he could easily factor into the competition for the starting job in 2015.

2014 Projection: 3rd or 4th string running back
Long term: Potential starter

Nate Iese
Ahmaad Harris, WR, (5'4, 156) RS SO—
He has decent quickness, but at his size, he'd need to move like lightning to have much of a chance of impacting the depth chart.

2014 Projection: Scout team
Long term: Scout team

Nate Iese, Y, (6'3, 243) RS SO—
If we had one nitpick for the coaching staff in terms of a personnel issue, it'd be with Iese. He might be the most physically talented Y on the team, and looked like he could have been a major threat in the red zone based off limited time. He is still learning the offense, to a certain extent, after spending most of his first year on defense, but his athleticism is very good for the position, and he's shown solid hands, particularly for a converted linebacker/defensive end. With his potential as a blocker and as a pass catcher, we could see him having a significantly increased role in 2014.

2014 Projection: 2nd string Y
Long term: Potential starter

Aaron Porter, FB, (6'0, 231), RS SO—
Porter made the switch to fullback from linebacker in September, and flipped between the two positions at various points depending on the needs of the Scout team. He may be able to make an impact at fullback, but for a guy who's always wanted to play linebacker, and also has baseball aspirations, we could see him making a move to either baseball or to another school at some point.

2014 Projection: 2nd string fullback/potential transfer
Long term: Same.

Kevin McReynolds, C/OG, (6'2, 300), RS JR—
McReynolds sat out the majority of the year with concussion-related symptoms. He projects as a third string center at this point, and there was some talk that he might take a look at other programs.

2014 Projection: Third string center/potential transfer.
Long term: Same

Ben Wysocki, OG, (6'4, 280), RS JR—
Wysocki did well in spots during the season, particularly against USC at the Coliseum in relief. As far as relative strengths, he has quick hands, which allows him to get a good punch on defensive players off the snap. He's not particularly mobile, though, which limits his use in UCLA's offense. He proved against USC, though, that he can play in spots if the situation arises.

2014 Projection: Second or third string guard.
Long term: Backup guard.

Carl Hulick, C/OG, (6'2, 295), RS SO—
Hulick was the backup center to Jake Brendel through the first chunk of the year, was overtaken by Scott Quessenberry about halfway through the season, and then had the job again when Quessenberry moved to left guard after the injuries to UCLA's tackle. Hulick has improved over the last year, looking stronger and a bit more flexible than he did as a freshman. He split time at guard and center during practice. He's not super mobile, like Wysocki, which limits him in UCLA's offense to a certain extent.

2014 Projection: Backup center/guard.
Long term: Backup center/guard.

Colby Cyburt, OT, (6'3, 255), RS SO—
Cyburt's first two years in the program were marred by a pretty significant back injury. During fall practices, Cyburt spent most of his time at tackle, and looked like he was still in the process of getting back from the injury. He's got some work to do on his body to get physically stronger, and has a great attitude, but as of right now, it's difficult to project him making much of an impact.

2014 Projection: 3rd or 4th string tackle.
Long term: Backup tackle.

Conor McDermott, OT, (6'8, 290), RS SO—
We were really impressed with McDermott during fall camp, and through the early part of the season until he injured his shoulder against Stanford. He has long arms, good flexibility for a big guy, and according to sources has already gotten up to about 290 pounds while recovering from shoulder surgery. He'd have a real chance to compete at either tackle spot, but his body pushes him a bit more to right tackle.

2014 Projection: 2nd or 3rd string tackle.
Long term: Potential starter

Poasi Moala
Poasi Moala, OT, (6'4, 265), RS FR—
Moala might have the most upside of any offensive lineman on the team. Despite working almost entirely on the scout team this year, where he didn't get much tutelage from Adrian Klemm, he improved greatly throughout the year. He's still listed at 265, but we'd guess he's at least 280 now, and carries it well. If anything, his agility seemed better by the end of the year. He has long arms, great lateral quickness, excellent bend, and very good strength for his size. He has a real chance to compete for the starting job this coming year, depending on what ends up happening with Torian White.

2014 Projection: 1st or 2nd string left tackle
Long term: Two or three year starter

John Lopez, OG, (6'5, 325), RS FR--
Lopez has some talent, but still needs to work on his body, and losing weight will be the big key for him. He has good strength, and it'll be interesting to see his mobility as he continues to reform his body.

2014 Projection: Backup guard
Long term: Backup guard

Kenny Lacy, OG, (6'4, 290) RS FR—
After looking a little out of shape to start out fall camp this past year, we've heard that Lacy has spent most of the latter part of the season and the offseason in the weight room, working with Sal Alsoi. Lacy has good athleticism and as he improves his strength, has a chance to be a real contributor. He should factor into the competition at left guard this fall.

2014 Projection: Backup left guard
Long term: Potential starter at guard.

Eldridge Massington, WR, (6'1, 205), RS FR—
Massington was our offensive MVP of the scout team. Despite playing most of the year with a brace on his knee after tearing his ACL in the summer of 2012, he looked like he was really regaining his explosion by the end of the year. He made several spectacular plays on the scout team, particularly toward the latter half of the season, that seemed to indicate he was growing more comfortable with his knee. He showed good hands in practice, which was a knock on him previously, and his body control was very good. If he can regain that top end speed, which will probably only come when he has the brace off full time, he could be a top five receiver on the team.

2014 Projection: 2nd string outside receiver.
Long term: Two or three year starter.

Sam Tai, OG, (6'2, 265), RS JR—
Tai tore his ACL again about halfway through the year, and that could put him with a return date around fall camp, if he has a speedy recovery. He showed well before he tore the knee, though, with good flexibility and mobility, so it'll be interesting to see where he is by the time fall camp rolls around.

2014 Projection: Backup guard
Long term: Backup guard.

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