Know Thy Enemy: UCLA Mike Tufano December 29, 2014 Features, Know Thy Enemy 2014 ScheduleUCLA 28 Virginia 20Memphis 35 UCLA 42UCLA 20 Texas 17UCLA 62 Arizona State 27Utah 30 UCLA 28Oregon 42 UCLA 30UCLA 36 California 34UCLA 40 Colorado 37 2OTArizona 7 UCLA 17UCLA 44 Washington 30USC 20 UCLA 38Stanford 31 UCLA 10 UCLA Bruins 9-3 (6-3 Pac-12) Location: Los Angeles, California Enrollment: 42,163 Colors: True Blue and Gold Stadium: Rose Bowl (92,452) 2013 Overall Record: 10-3 (6-3 Pac-12) Postseason: Sun Bowl All time series: Tied 1-1 Last Meeting: UCLA 22 K-State 31 (9/4/2010) Current Streak: K-State won last 1 Twitter: @UCLAAthletics, @UCLAFootball Head Coach: Jim Mora Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. Overall Record (Yrs): 28-10 (3rd) Record at School: Same Salary: $1.935 million As the son of infamous coach, Jim Mora, junior moved around a lot as his dad’s job required. Senior Mora was an assistant with UCLA, then Washington and Seattle, so junior walked on at Washington as a defensive back and linebacker. After just one year as a GA with the Huskies, Mora moved into an assistant role in the NFL, eventually working up to his first head coaching position with the Falcons in 2004. He also had a year at the helm of the Seahawks before being replaced to bring in Pete Carroll who was running away from his troubles at USC. Mora took a year off coaching and was brought in to replace Rick Neuheisel at UCLA or the 2012 season. As he’s finally found a place of success, he was courted by his alma mater, Washington, as well as Texas, but turned down both saying he would like to retire at UCLA. #17 Jr QB Brett Hundley Bruin Offense Passing Offense: 268.5 yds/game (35th in FBS) Rushing Offense: 199.4 yds/game (39th in FBS) Scoring Offense: 32.9 points/game (40th in FBS) Hundley: The True Dual Threat K-State has struggled this year against true dual threat quarterbacks, and that’s exactly what the Cats will be facing on Friday. This may be Hundley’s final game at UCLA, and NFL scouts have been keeping an eye on things. He has a good arm, but he often makes mistakes by leaving the pocket early and looking to run. It won’t work on the next level, but it could work against K-State. Though their offense is much more traditional than the hurry up spreads of the Big 12. This game, along with Hundley’s skill set, will be more like playing a mirror image of the Kansas State offense. Impressive rushing attack UCLA’s traditional offense means it’s a run first, establish the pass, situation. Sophomore Paul Perkins will carry the bulk of that load. He’s a fast shifty back who is tough to bring down, and has already rushed for 1,378 yards this season. #6 Senior LB Eric Kendricks Bruin Defense Passing defense: 243.3 yds/game (89th in FBS) Rushing defense: 157.7 yds/game (54th in FBS) Points against: 27.5 points/game (76th in FBS) The best of the best linebackers Top linebacker in the nation? Check. UCLA’s Eric Kendricks took home the Butkus award this season. He comes from a great pedigree. His brother, Mychal currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, and their dad is also a former UCLA football player. Surprisingly, though, he was only second team All PAC-12. Sometimes the best in the nation isn’t the best in the conference. I guess. Myles Jack: Ridiculous athlete Even with Kendricks at linebacker, it’s Myles Jack who stands out as a ridiculous athlete on the Bruin defense. Since his freshman year he’s vastly improved his ability to drop into pass coverage, and does a great job covering the field. Oh yeah, he’s also a two way player. He’ll come in at running back, particularly in short yardage situations, to spell Paul Perkins. An impressive secondary Ishmael Adams is a sure thing NFL corner. The PAC-12 first teamer also serves as the punt returner for UCLA and is one of the best cover corners in the nation. Joining him in the secondary are Anthony Jefferson and Fabian Moreau… all guys that could make NFL rosters in time. Tyler Lockett has made a lot of future NFL corners look silly… we’re going to need him to do that this week as well. And then there’s this… K-State defensive coordinator Tom Hayes coached as an assistant at UCLA from 1980-1988. During that time they went to 8 bowl games, including 3 Rose Bowls. They won 7 of those 8 bowl games, and also won 4 Pac-10 championships during his tenure. UCLA is a ridiculously young team. They have only 6 seniors on scholarship this year. There are no players from the state of Kansas on the UCLA roster.