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2006 UCLA Bruins Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 UCLA Bruins season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 UCLA Bruins Football Schedule. If you are wagering on college football this season consider using Maddux Sports' College football picks for the added edge over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to bookmark our free college football lines service for the upcoming season.

Coach: Karl Dorrell (4th year at UCLA)
Team Name: Bruins
2005 Overall Record: 10-2
2005 Pac 10 Conference Record 6-2
Returning Starters: 12

This team proved it could score last season, averaging 39.1 PPG (5th in the nation). Ben Olson, who has good arm strength and size, should be up to taking over at the QB position.

Slashing tailback Chris Markey, a junior, will start due to the fact that TB Maurice Drew made a surprise move to the NFL. Markey was the Co-MVP of last year’s Sun Bowl and averaged 5.1 YDS/Carry in the regular season. He’s got good speed and quickness.

The Bruins field a solid group of receivers with Junior Taylor, Joe Cowan and Marcus Everett leading the way. The offensive line has experience but is still a question.

On defense, the team ranked 113th in the country in 2005. They could not stop the run or pass. However, Justin Hickman, who led the club with 5 and 1/2 sacks last year, should be even better this season.

New defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker brings a 4-3 look and an aggressive philosophy, which should help. Also, the team would welcome a corps of defensive starters that stays healthy.

UCLA surprised everyone last season by going 10 and 2, but they won’t achieve the same record this year without more defensive help. Utah, Oregon and Arizona State are all key games that can go either way. Beating USC at the end of this season would be a major upset.

UCLA Bruins 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Utah
Home
Sep 9
Rice
Home
Sep 23
Washington
Road
Sep 30
Stanford
Home
Oct 7
Arizona
Home
Oct 14
Oregon
Road
Oct 21
Notre Dame
Road
Oct 28
Washington State
Home
Nov 4
California
Road
Nov 11
Oregon State
Home
Nov 18
Arizona State
Road
Dec 2
USC
Home

 

For more data on the 2006 UCLA football program, view the Bruins team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the Pac 10 competition.

 

2006 Pac 10 Football Previews

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