Report: Key piece of UCLA offense won't play in Foster Farms Bowl
Nebraska spent the month of December game-planning ways to generate pressure on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. The Bruins only allowed 15 sacks all season while their freshman signal-caller shined.
A big part of that was guard Alex Redmond. The offensive guard started 18 games in two seasons and will be one of the top prospects at the position in this year’s draft.
Luckily for Nebraska, draft preparation was more important of Redmond than the Foster Farms Bowl.
UCLA OG Alex Redmond won’t play in the Foster Farms Bowl, according to @thejackwang. The junior left the team and signed with an agent.
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) December 22, 2015
It’s a positive for a Nebraska defense that struggled at times to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
Redmond wasn’t the first UCLA offensive lineman to leave the team before season’s end. Freshman center/guard Fred Ulu-Perry transferred to Hawaii earlier in the month because of home sickness.
UCLA will also have to compensate for left guard Kenny Lacy, who is returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him down the stretch.
On top of that, UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone might not be able to coach in the game because he was hospitalized last week because of a blood clot in his lung. His status for Saturday is uncertain.
Nebraska’s own underclassmen draft prospects up front, Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine, have yet to announce what their 2016 plans are, but both will play on Saturday.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 18.