How Does UCLA Grade Out At The WR Position Entering 2022?

"The Bruin Bible" Host and LAFB Writer Will Decker dives into how UCLA's WR room is one of the deepest position groups heading into 2022 and how a Duke transfer may make the jump to All PAC-12 in his final year of eligibility

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Kazmeir Allen heads into the end zone for his second TD of the afternoon in the first half against USC. Photo Credit: Jesus Ramirez | UCLA Athletics
Kazmeir Allen heads into the end zone for his second TD of the afternoon in the first half against USC. Photo Credit: Jesus Ramirez | UCLA Athletics

The Bruins are gearing up for the 2022 season without a staple to the program over the last 4 seasons: Kyle Philips. Philips was one of the most consistent receivers in program history, leading the UCLA Bruins in catches over the past three seasons and cementing himself as a solidified pro by being selected in the 5th round of the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Despite losing the talented Philips, UCLA has fast-tracked their recovery by acquiring talent in the transfer portal as well as having some players who have been on the roster that are primed to break out this year.

Likely WR1, Jake Bobo, the transfer from Duke, made quite the splash in spring practice. Bobo, a 6 foot 5, big-bodied receiver, was a 3rd team All ACC Team WR and had over 70 catches and close to 800 yards receiving. All signs point to Bobo being the new security blanket for DTR in a post-Philips world for 2022.

Then there is the explosive Kaz Allen. Allen was a constant big-play threat for the Bruins in 2021 that peaked in the storied USC rivalry. He put on an absolute show with 115 yards and two TDs on only three catches as well as a 100-yard KO return to the house.

Legends are born in rivalry games in college football, and Kaz Allen may have written the first chapter to that story last year in the coliseum.

It might be disrespectful to mention Kam Brown third out of these receivers as a lot of signs have pointed to him potentially having a big season for UCLA. The 6-foot 190-pound Redshirt Junior flashed in several games last season totaling 17 catches, 247 yards, and two TDs. Given the Texas A&M transfer now has a year under his belt within the system, Brown could be one of the most slept-upon receivers within the conference.

There are plenty of other receiving options on the roster that could contribute in big ways. UCF transfer, Titus Mokiao-Atimalala, and Logan Loya, were former 4-star recruits that flashed in spring ball and don’t sleep on incoming freshman Jadyn Marshall who Coach Kelly clearly wants to use like he did former college legend De’Anthony Thomas at Oregon.

Through the transfer portal and solid development, the receiver room, despite the massive loss of Philips, is one of the strongest areas within the roster. Who is the best receiver on the roster heading into next season? Vote Below!

Kazmeir Allen heads into the end zone for his second TD of the afternoon in the first half against USC. Photo Credit: Jesus Ramirez | UCLA Athletics
Kazmeir Allen heads into the end zone for his second TD of the afternoon in the first half against USC. Photo Credit: Jesus Ramirez | UCLA Athletics