Five questions dealing with UCLA soccer coming into coaching camp

UCLA linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. talks to linebackers (from left) Adam Cohen, Kain Medrano and Darius Muasau at spring apply.

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It doesn’t should be elite. It doesn’t should be among the many greatest within the Pac-12. Above common would do exactly superb.

UCLA’s protection by no means reached that humble threshold underneath Jerry Azzinaro, resulting in the defensive coordinator’s departure early this yr.

Enter Invoice McGovern, a part of an overhauled defensive employees that additionally consists of new inside linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., defensive position coach Chad Kauha’aha’a and out of doors linebackers coach Ikaika Malloe along with holdover defensive backs coach Brian Norwood.

These coaches have some intriguing newcomers. Edge rushers Gabriel and Grayson Murphy, twin transfers from North Texas, had been disruptive forces within the spring. Linebacker Darius Muasau, a switch from Hawaii, may reprise his function as a tackling machine. Linebacker Laiatu Latu, a switch from Washington, seems able to return from the neck damage that compelled his medical retirement.

A extra bodily imposing secondary that includes 6-foot-3 cornerback Devin Kirkwood and 6-2 safeties Mo Osling III and Kenny Churchwell III ought to cease the Bruins from getting overwhelmed so usually excessive whereas snagging extra interceptions.

“From what we came into to where we are now with our secondary, our secondary looks like what a secondary should look like,” Kelly stated.