Last season Myles Jack took the nation by storm, going from heralded linebacking true freshman to a two-way star who finished second on the team in rushing touchdowns.
Because of that two-way prowess, he’s the only defensive player garnering a spot on the Heisman radar heading into the 2014 regular season.
If you’re headed UCLA’s summer camp to take in any practice sessions, however, don’t expect to see Jack starting out a play in the backfield.
Saying he doesn’t “want to overload” the young star, head coach Jim Mora stated that Jack will be used exclusively as a linebacker throughout the whole of summer camp. When the season rolls around, though, that’ll change (as Mora had previously explained).
“He’s a package guy as a running back,” said Mora Tuesday. “When the season starts, there will be time to work him into a game plan.”
As part of a special package that debuted in early November, Jack rushed for 267 yards — averaging seven yards a carry — and scoring seven touchdowns on the ground. On defense, he was credited with 75 tackles, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. For his efforts, he became the first player ever to be named the Pac-12’s Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in the same season.