October 31, 2007

UCLA Preview: Offense

UCLA is very similar to Arizona in that it is quite difficult to predict how the offense will show up. In fact, UCLA may be even more difficult than usual to predict due to the amount of injuries on offense.

Currently, the starting quarterback is 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior Patrick Cowan. Cowan did not have a good game against Washington State, but is certainly capable of putting up numbers while having enough mobility to be a danger to gain yards on the ground as well.

Thus far this season, Cowan is 52-93 for two touchdowns and one interception while completing 56 percent of his passes. He only averages 158 yards per game, but the real threat in the UCLA offense comes on the ground.

With that being said, UCLA lost its best running back in Kahlil Bell when he went down with a knee injury in the Washington State game. Before the injury, Bell averaged 100 yards per game to go along with five touchdowns. He was easily the Bruins' biggest threat on offense and his injury will require others to step up.

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