UCLA football adds experience to offensive coaching staff – Daily News

With a contract extension between Coach Chip Kelly and UCLA in place, priority was given to filling the remaining vacancies on the football coaching staff.

Kelly made his third and fourth practice moves of the offseason by adding experienced offensive coaches.

Tim Drevno was promoted this week to offensive line coach, replacing Justin Frye. Frye has been UCLA’s offensive line coach for the past four seasons and offensive coordinator for the past three seasons.

Drevno was announced as an offensive line coach but has experience as a coordinator during his time at USC and Michigan. He joined the Bruins last season as an offensive assistant and helped coach the offensive line with Frye.

Jeff Faris has been named the new UCLA tight ends coach.

Faris replaces Derek Sage, who became Nevada’s offensive coordinator after four seasons with the Bruins.

Faris spent 10 seasons at Duke and his UCLA hire will reunite him with incoming transfer Jake Bobo.

Faris helped recruit Bobo to Duke, where he has spent the past four seasons as a catcher.

Bobo earned All-ACC third-team honors in 2021 after a 74-catch season. His 6.2 receptions per game rank 28th in the NCAA.

Bobo was one of four trade players to sign with the Bruins this week. Receiver Titus Mokiao-Atimalala (Central Florida), linebackers Darius Muasau (Hawai’i) and Laiatu Latu (Washington) also signed this week.

It’s still unclear if Kelly plans to bring in someone as offensive coordinator or if he’ll run the offense the same way he did in his freshman season with UCLA before promoting Frye to the role in 2018.

Kelly is expected to hire a defensive coordinator, after Jerry Azzinaro reportedly quit this month.

RETURN

Edge rusher Mitchell Agude had the opportunity to declare himself for the 2022 NFL Draft, but decided to return for his third year with the Bruins.

The Corona Santiago High alumnus was the third leading tackle with 54 total tackles in 12 games. The two top tackles, defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight and linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath, declared for the NFL draft.

Agude had two forced fumbles in each of the Bruins’ first two games last season. He also recorded two sacks. He transferred to UCLA from Riverside City College in 2020. Myles Jackson, who was listed as a backup behind Agude, transferred to Indiana earlier this month.

MOVING

Receiver Chase Cota and defensive back Jay Shaw were the last players to leave UCLA and enter the transfer portal.

Cota was set to take on an increased role with the Bruins after wide receiver Kyle Philips and tight end Greg Dulcich, the Bruins’ top two receiving options, declared themselves for the NFL Draft.

Cota finished as the third-leading receiver last season with 18 receptions for 286 yards and a touchdown. He appeared in 43 games over the past four seasons with the Bruins. He graduated from UCLA and will have one year of eligibility.

Shaw was set to take on a starting role at UCLA’s defense after announcing he would return to the program earlier this month. Shaw re-routed that pledge and verbally pledged to Wisconsin.

Shaw had been listed as a backup cornerback last season, but his three interceptions were tied with safety Quentin Lake for the most on the team.

Shaw’s return would have been significant since three Bruins defensive backs had already declared themselves for the draft.

Wide receiver Keontez Lewis will join Shaw in Wisconsin. Lewis entered the transfer portal in December after spending his first real season with the Bruins.