The revival of the UCLA football program has been due in large part to the play of quarterback Brett Hundley, but the redshirt sophomore won’t be in Los Angeles forever, and the Bruins may already have his replacement on the roster.
Asiantii Woulard the, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound true freshman, was rated as ESPN’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the class of 2013 as a senior at Winter Park (Fla.) High. He picked the Bruins over the Clemson Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats on National Signing Day, and after just five months on UCLA’s campus, the coaching staff believes he’ll eventually succeed Hundley.
“He knows the pace we go at, and the decision-making and communication,” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said prior to the regular season. “He doesn’t get rattled.”
For now, the talented freshman is being relied on to simulate the Bruin’s opposing QB this week: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota:
[Woulard is] about the same height and weight as Marcus,” Head Coach Jim Mora said during this week’s Pac-12 teleconference. “[He] certainly doesn’t have the experience Marcus has, but we put him back there and tell him to do his thing. Marcus is fun to watch; he’s very difficult to prepare for. You’re never going to be able to find a kid in your scout team to put out there and say, ‘OK, you’re Marcus Mariota.’”