UCLA will kick off the new college football season and the first game in the Chip Kelly era a bit shorthanded. On Monday, UCLA suspended six players for the season opener this weekend against Cincinnati for what is simply being reported as a violation of athletic department policy. Tight end Devin Asiasi, running back Soso Jamabo, defensive linemen Osa Odighizuwa and Moses Robinson-Carr, defensive back Mo Osling, and offensive lineman Boss Tagaloa will all sit out of UCLA’s home game against Cincinnati on September 1.
Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported the news of the suspension, via Twitter.
Jamabo is one of UCLA’s top running backs returning in 2018 after rushing for 446 yards and a team-high six touchdowns last season for the Bruins in 10 games. The absence of Jamabo will likely mean more carries for senior Bolu Olorunfunmi, last year’s leading rusher for UCLA, as well as some younger options that could take advantage of the opportunity. Branden Stephens may be the most liekly to get a few more rushing attempts as a result.
Tagaloa started eight games for UCLA in 2017 and recorded 32 tackles with one sack. In nine games, Tagaloa recorded multiple tackles a year after playing in 12 games as a reserve lineman and on special teams.
Odighizuwa played in 13 games last season and recorded 15 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss and a sack as a backup.
Osling played in 13 games as . abackup defensive back and saw time on special teams by returning kicks. Osling recorded 18 tackles and returned nine kickoffs for an average of 18.0 yards per return.
Robinson-Carr played as a backup tight end and on special teams last season. He started one game and caught one pass for four yards.
Asiasi sat out the 2017 season after transferring to UCLA from Michigan.
UCLA has not released a depth chart for this weekend’s game at this time.
UPDATE: Now, UCLA has a depth chart. Redshirt junior Joshua Kelly sits atop the depth chart at running back. Kelley did not play in 2017 after transferring from UC Davis. No starting quarterback has been decided on at this time.
The game of “Where’s Maea Landing?” has added yet another potential destination.
Earlier in the day, SI.com‘s Bruce Feldman reported that former LSU offensive lineman Maea Teuhema has been given permission to contact Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and USC as possible landing spots. In an update to his original report, Feldman added yet another team to the mix — UCLA.
The fact that UCLA is a potential buyer for Teuhema’s services shouldn’t come as a surprise as that program has been a player in the transfer market throughout this offseason.
One of Teuhema’s former teammates, LSU transfer offensive lineman Willie Allen, considered the Bruins before going the JUCO route. A month earlier, the football program officially added former Miami offensive tackleSunny Odogwu.
In mid-March, they confirmed that Michigan transfer Devin Asiasi had been added to the football roster as well.
The past two seasons, Teuhema started 21 games. Regardless of where he lands, if it’s at the FBS level, he’ll have to sit out the 2017 season.
And the West Coast it is.
In early February, it was reported that Devin Asiasi was considering a transfer from Michigan with an eye on moving closer to home. A couple of weeks later, Jim Harbaugh confirmed that the California native would be transferring.
Thursday, Asiasi’s move back to the Left Coast was confirmed by his new college football home.
As an aside: One of Asiasi’s former high school teammates, Boss Tagaloa, plays defensive tackle for the Bruins and the two players had talked of going to the same school when they were recruits.
As a 6-3, 287-pound true freshman last season, Asiasi played in all 13 games. He caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.
A four-star recruit in last year’s class coming out of high school at Concord De La Salle High School, Asiasi was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 12 player at any position in the state of California.
Barring something out of the ordinary and completely unexpected, Asiasi will have to sit out the 2017 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws. Beginning in 2018, he’d then have three seasons of eligibility remaining.