UCLA head coach Jim Mora faced plenty of questions about his quarterback situation at UCLA during Pac-12 media days, but he is far from prepared to settle on a starting quarterback for the start of the 2015 season. He must have been prepared for that given Brett Hundley left the Bruins a year early to enter the NFL Draft and Asiantii Woulard is hoping to be ruled eligible to play elsewhere this fall. The spring game yielded far too little confidence in any candidate to grab the starting nod months ahead of the season, so Mora is going to hold off on making any concrete decisions until he can get a better sense of who is ready to lead UCLA’s offense. One thing Mora does not plan to do is use multiple quarterbacks.
“I’d rather use one. I think that is the most beneficial way to build your team and consistency is to use one,” Mora said Friday during Pac-12 media day. “But we’ll see. My gut instinct is to name a guy and support the hell out of him. That’s what I’ve tried to do.”
So, who will that be? The three quarterback race is down to Jerry Neuheisel, Mike Fafaul and freshman Josh Rosen. Despite the high expectations for Rosen, Mora is not getting caught up in the hype just yet.
“He hasn’t taken a snap at this level. So I don’t want to put too many expectations,” Mora suggested. “I’ll let others put expectations on them. I think if Josh reaches his potential every day at the end of his time at UCLA we’ll look back and say he was a success.”
When Asiantii Woulard announced late last month that he would be transferring into the USF football program from UCLA, it was assumed that the quarterback would be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. While that assumption may ultimately be proven correct, it’s not yet a certainty.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Woulard is pursing a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to become eligible to compete immediately in 2015. The Times writes that “[i]t is believed Woulard, who starred at Winter Park [Fla.] High [School], is pursuing a waiver based on family reasons.” Just what those family reasons are, whether they be health-related or otherwise, was not divulged.
The paper does, though, acknowledge that the odds for a successful appeal for a waiver are long. Should the appeal be denied, Woulard would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
A four-star member of UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class, Woulard was rated as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country; the No. 23 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 141 player overall according to Rivals.com. During his first and only two years with the Bruins, Woulard didn’t see any game action.
Late last month, UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard confirmed that he would be transferring to USF to continue his collegiate playing career. As it turns out, he’s not the only new Power Five addition to the Bulls.
In confirming Woulard’s addition, USF also announced that they have added transfer Marquez Valdes-Scantling to Willie Taggart‘s football program. The wide receiver comes to USF by way of North Carolina State.
In two seasons at NCSU, Valdes-Scantling caught 44 passes for 538 yards, with 22 catches each year. As a true sophomore, he started the first eight games of the 2014 season. He also started three games as a true freshman in 2013.
Both Valdes-Scantling and Woulard will have to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Each will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
Neither will have a redshirt season at their disposal, with Valdes-Scantling using his for the 2015 season and Woulard his in 2013.
Weeks after announcing his intention to transfer from UCLA, quarterback Asiantii Woulard has reportedly found a new place to call home. The Winter Park, Florida product will be heading a bit closer to home, as Woulard announced he will transfer to USF.
“Decided to come home and play at the University of South Florida,” Woulard said on Twitter. “No past regrets at all, but looking forward to a new beginning in Tampa!”
Woulard will be forced to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he will be eligible to compete for the starting job in Tampa starting in 2016.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora may not have been in a hurry to name a starting quarterback for the 2015 season, but now he has one less candidate to consider. Asiantii Woulard announced Wednesday via Twitter he will be transferring from the UCLA program.
With Woulard heading out, the remaining options for UCLA to succeed Brett Hundley include Jerry Neuheisel, Mike Fafaul and Josh Rosen. Rosen is an early enrollee. The spring game ended with none of the four contenders separating from the rest of the competition. None of UCLA’s quarterbacks managed to lock in and provide any consistency when getting a chance to run the offense, and a number of targets were overthrown from all passing candidates.
If Woulard transfers to another FBS program, he will have to sit out the 2015 season before being eligible once again in 2016.