Back on Pac-12 media day July 24, a group of writers surrounded UCLA’s first-year football coach, Jim Mora, and one of them asked a coy question about the UCLA quarterback picture. And Mora responded with an answer that I thought gave a sliver of insight into his thinking then.
“I have a feeling,” Mora said, “but I still need to be convinced.”
Those who took that to reflect the status of redshirt freshman Brett Hundley found themselves correct Friday, when Mora named him over Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut.
“It definitely feels a little funny,” Hundley told reporters at the Bruins’ San Bernardino training camp. “I’m still a young cat. But this team is real good about knowing that even the younger guys are here to win. We’re a band of brothers.”
Hundley, 6-3 and 223 pounds, was was prominently recruited by Washington as well as the Bruins. He suffered an early knee injury that limited his progress in 2011, and then-coach Rick Neuheisel stuck with Prince and Brehaut.
Now the job goes over to a youngster who just turned 19. The position was a bugaboo during Neuheisel’s entire four-year run, with continual injuries and inconsistency.