Inside the Pac-12

April 16, 2010 12:33 AM

UCLA's WR Position Is Improving

The Bruins believe they have their QB in Kevin Prince and the combination of Johnathan Franklin/Derrick Coleman should be able to get the job done at the RB position. Explosion from the WR position has been lacking and Rick Neuheisel is hoping that this group will put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses in 2010. Last season Taylor Embree was the Bruins leading WR with 45 catches for 608 yards and 2 TD's, but Embree only averaged 13.5 YPC. Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow would like to have a WR that has the ability to stretch the field.

UCLA might have their deep threat in Colorado transfer Josh Smith. In his first year in Colorado, Smith averaged 19.6 YPC and was an honorable mention All Big 12 kick returner. Smith experienced a setback when he tore his PCL in Spring Practice. Neuheisel believes that Smith will be ready for Fall Practice. The injury to Smith should open the door for WR Randall Carroll to get some extra work. If Smith returns from his injury he will add speed to the receiving corps and that will allow Embree and Rosario to run the underneath to medium range routes. That would result in the Bruin offense becoming more potent. UCLA will have to be able to put points on the board in 2010. The Bruins will host the Houston Cougars on September 25th. In 2009 the Cougars averaged 42.2 PPG.

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