July 23, 2006

UCLA DBs look strong - Part I

If the biggest mystery going into UCLA's pre-season camp is the linebacker position and the area that looks to be most improved is the defensive line then defensive backs could be the strongest area on the defense.

They return four players with starting experience and even more with game experience. Add the excellent coaching they will receive by defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker and co-defensive back coach Gary DeLoach gives Bruins fans even more to hope for.

The Bruins could have the best safety tandem in the Pac 10 with juniors Dennis Keyes and Chris Horton.

Keyes made some of the biggest plays a year ago and during the spring he brought a maturity to the table. This could be the year where he takes his game to another level. If Keyes improves his angles he will take his game to another level. Keyes picked up 16 pounds of muscle during the off-season and now weighs 208 pounds.

Pound for pound Horton is the best hitter on the team. He can really tattoo a ball carrier and was quite a crowd pleaser this past spring. The only thing that has held Horton back from stardom is he has been plagued with injuries slowing down his development. A healthy year from Horton and he could become a household name in the Pac 10. Horton has gained 15 pounds of muscle and is now up to 210.

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