(Ben Brill/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Female Athlete of the Year: Rachel Garcia
Coral Smith, Daily Bruin senior staff
After her phenomenal 2019 season, one might have thought we had witnessed the greatest year of Rachel Garcia’s UCLA career.
It took them longer than any other FBS program, but the Bruins have finally finished spring camp.
UCLA football wrapped up its set of 15 spring practices with its Spring Showcase on Thursday morning at Spaulding Field, a televised practice that included interviews with coaches and players and featured special guest appearances from men’s and women’s basketball coaches Mick Cronin and Cori Close.
The Bruins fielded several key graduate transfers last season, and all of them are returning for 2021.
Running back Brittain Brown, left guard Paul Grattan, cornerback Obi Eboh and safety Qwuantrezz Knight all elected to cash in on their extra year of eligibility provided by the NCAA following the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.
During coach Chip Kelly’s first three years with UCLA football, he has continued to place an emphasis on the running game that was showcased during his past tenures with Oregon and in the NFL.
A lot has been made of the Bruins’ returning production on defense.
The majority of UCLA football’s front seven that led the Pac-12 in sacks per game in 2020 is back, with newly drafted Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa representing the only major loss.
Despite losing a stalwart in the teeth of their defense, the Bruins will have ample bodies to fill the void up front.
Consensus first-team All-Pac-12 selection Osa Odighizuwa found a new home in Dallas when the Cowboys selected the defensive lineman in the third round of the NFL Draft on April 30.
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