Official UCLA Football Depth Table: Week 6 vs. Arizona

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The Bruins have released their latest two depth map.

UCLA Football (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) announced their 29 starters and 29 backups for the upcoming game against Arizona (0-4, 0-1 Pac-12) on Monday. Coach Chip Kelly has made it clear that these lineups can shift dramatically ahead of their Saturday kick-off, but it’s at least an illuminating look at where the Bruins are currently at.

There have been a couple of key decisions made by Kelly and Co. this time around, All Bruins is here to resolve them all.

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Duke Clemens, a true real Guardian, remains the starting center this week – albeit with an “OR” tag that allows Jon Gaines II to have some time there too.

Aside from Clemens’ botched snap on Saturday and the general inexperience in position, the offensive played much better with Gaines in the center. Sam Marrazzo’s short-lived return actually resulted in more mistakes and question marks on the offensive than in his absence, likely because the Bruins had been training with Gaines as the No. 1 center since the spring.

Gaines may be better at right guard than center, but the offensive line as a whole has proven to be much more successful and effective when playing in the middle in both pass and barrel blocking scenarios this year. Again, the OR designation means that it will likely get a few glances in the center on Saturday, but UCLA would be better off installing it there forever, while Marrazzo is likely to be out for a long time.

Clemens may have his last chance in the middle so this is going to be a big week for him.

Close end

Eventually, Kelly and his staff seem ready to admit that Mike Martinez has a serious injury.

It has been clear to the media for weeks that he was seen training in a boot on a knee roller. Still, Martinez appeared two-deep ahead of both the Stanford and Arizona games, with Kelly likely knowing full well that he wouldn’t be ready for the weekend.

Martinez’s return schedule has not yet been set, so it will be Michael Ezeike who will be taking over Greg Dulcich’s backup for now.

Ezeike is a long way from the blocker that Martinez is, as he can sometimes play like a sixth offensive lineman. As a converted receiver in the past offseason, Ezeike as a route runner and pass catcher is more of a threat than his injured counterpart.

However, the only goal Ezeike has this season is for him to wobble and stumble when he had plenty of room to make the catch and give UCLA a first down.

Now that Ezeike is being installed as TE2, Kelly will perhaps create more plays for him and play out his strengths a little more than in the past few weeks when he kept his fingers crossed for Martinez that he was good to go.

Back race

We’re two weeks into Zach Charbonnet’s tenure as the de facto running backwards in the real world, but on paper, apparently, it’s still Brittain Brown.

Charbonnet has been more productive than Brown since the jump, but Brown was still the one making the lion’s share of the carries over three weeks. Brown had 42 touches on Charbonnet’s 25 at this point.

However, since then, Charbonnet has had 51 touches in two games compared to Brown’s 21.

If the Bruins get the ball on Saturday, Charbonnet will likely be the first to get back on the field and he’ll have more playing time throughout the game, provided he’s not injured. But for some reason Kelly and running backs coach DeShaun Foster insist that incumbent Brown keep the starting job in name only.

It’s not bad, just a strange thing.

Cornerback

Like last week, Mo Osling III did not take part in the training, but was still listed on the official depth map.

Osling was once again held to one side and did not appear in pads for training on Monday. From the eyeball test alone, it looks like he’ll fail again against Arizona, even if the two-low states say otherwise.

Jay Shaw is certainly ready and able to take his place, which only goes to show how beneficial it is to have five starting corners on the team, four of which are senior classes.

Injuries and lack of disclosure continue to complicate these weekly double updates, and Osling’s appearance on this one further proves it. In terms of what’s happening on the field, the depth of the Bruins will keep them from missing him too much.

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Quentin Lake has been beaten up by Fresno State since the game, and his status remains a major topic of conversation.

Lake missed the entire Stanford game despite warming up with the team pregame, so at this point he was clearly on the verge of being cleared. The following week he trained again with UCLA and started against the state of Arizona.

However, with another injury, Lake missed most of the second half of the Sun Devils fight. So was his backup, Kenny Churchwell III, which meant Elisha Guidry and Alex Johnson had to take their respective snapshots. It didn’t go well at all, to be honest, with Arizona State overturning high school when they were in the game.

Clearly, this free security position is an integral part of UCLA’s success, and if Lake and Churchwell are good, as the Two-Deep suggests, the Bruins should feel at least a little better on their defenses. Both players have been almost full participants in training so they are well on their way back to the field for game action.

The full depth map can be viewed here:

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