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Brett Hundley reportedly returning to UCLA for junior season

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Great news, UCLA fans. It looks like Brett Hundley will be returning to school for his junior season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Hundley will come back to school. Schefter incorrectly said that Hundley would be returning for his senior season when it will actually be Hundley’s junior year. Hundley is draft-eligible because he redshirted his first year out of high school. Players are eligible for the NFL draft when their high school class is three years past graduation.

UCLA has called a press conference for Monday morning, where Hundley is expected to make his announcement.

Hundley had been weighing entering the NFL draft, and a report said he wanted to go pro. Hundley’s draft status received a huge boost with his spectacular performance in UCLA’s 42-14 Sun Bowl win over Virginia Tech. He threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 161 yards and two TDs.

Hundley may have been a first-round pick, but there was a lot of quarterback competition this year with Teddy Bridgewater entering the draft, and Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles likely doing the same. Hundley may be able to sharpen his skills by returning next season.

If Hundley returns to UCLA, he will join coach Jim Mora in turning down great offers to come back to Westwood. Mora turned down the Washington and Texas jobs.

Brett Hundley reportedly wants to leave UCLA for NFL draft

Brett HundleyBrett Hundley is weighing whether he wants to return to UCLA for his junior season or leave school for the NFL draft, and it sounds like he wants to go pro.

On Friday, Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline wrote the following about Hundley:

Numerous sources tell me Hundley wants to enter the draft but all the feedback he’s receiving has recommended he return for another season. I’m told those close to Hundley will advise him to stay in school another season and the program is working hard to re-recruit their signal caller.

Like Johnny Manziel, Hundley is a redshirt sophomore and therefore eligible for the draft. He has been listed as one of the top prospects for the 2015 draft, whereas many are projecting him as a second-round pick now.

I may seem biased since I’m a UCLA fan, but I honestly believe it would be best for Hundley to return to school. Marcus Mariota is better than Hundley and he elected to come back for more seasoning. There is no doubt Hundley could use the same.

While he looked great against USC, Hundley was very inconsistent throughout the season and has a lot of room for improvement. I think it would work wonders for his game to return to school, lead UCLA for another season, get more reps, and further build his confidence. I think that would help his pro prospects a lot more and could even help him get drafted higher. With the exception of the risk of injury, I don’t see one reason why Hundley should leave for the pros now.

And after reading this report, it makes a lot of sense why Jim Mora was trying to convince Hundley to announce he was returning to school after beating USC.

H/T Pro Football Talk, Rotoworld

Did Jim Mora announce Brett Hundley is coming back to UCLA for junior season? (Video)

Jim Mora Brett HundleyJim Mora may have hinted during his interview following UCLA’s 35-14 win over crosstown rival USC that quarterback Brett Hundley will be returning to the Bruins for his junior season.

Hundley, a redshirt sophomore, went 18-of-27 for 208 yards and rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s victory. There has been speculation that he could leave for the NFL draft after the season because he’s projected to be a top pick.

“We going to officially announce right now that you’re coming back?” Mora asked Hundley before giving him a friendly nudge.

“I can’t announce it yet,” Hundley answered with a smile.

Was Mora spoiling Hundley’s announcement, or was he trying to influence Hundley to make an impetuous decision during the great moment? I’m not sure, but I have a strong feeling Hundley will be back. He and his father seem like smart people, and they probably realize that the youngster could use another season in school to get ready for the NFL.

Brett Hundley wears Superman socks

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley had a great game in a 31-26 win over Arizona on Saturday. The sophomore added to what has been a tremendous season by throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns and adding another 56 yards and a score on the ground. After the game, Hundley answered questions from reporters with some serious swag on his feet.

As you can see from the photo above that UCLA beat writer Jack Wang passed along, Hundley was rocking Superman socks. Maybe he’s taking a page from Robert Grffin III’s book in hopes that his draft stock will be just as high as RG3′s was when the time comes. Whatever the case, I think we can all agree that the Superman socks Griffin wore a couple of years ago can’t be beat. The little capes are a must.

Brett Hundley runs, throws, catches touchdown and punts in win (Video)

Brett HundleyBrett Hundley hit for the football cycle on Thursday in UCLA’s 34-27 win at Utah. The Bruins redshirt sophomore quarterback threw for a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and even pinned Utah inside the 10 with a punt.

Hundley went 17-of-27 for 211 yards, a touchdown and interception. He rushed 20 times for 85 yards, including a 36-yard score to nearly seal the game for the Bruins. He also caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Devin Fuller on a trick play in the second quarter.

The video at the top has all three of Hundley’s scores, but doesn’t show his punt. On the Bruins’ second possession of the game, UCLA had a 4th and 3 at the Utah 35. Hundley punted for 27 yards and the ball was downed at the 8.

Despite the great game, Hundley did have a costly mistake. He threw a pick six in the fourth quarter that allowed the Utes to tie the game at 24. Still, the Bruins pulled out the game and Hundley’s cycle should earn him a spot on most highlight reels.

Thanks to LBS contributor Botros for the heads up

Rick Neuheisel pats himself on the back for Brett Hundley’s strong debut

Redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley had an excellent collegiate debut in UCLA’s 49-24 season-opening win over Rice on Thursday. Hundley went 21/28 for 202 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also ran for a 72-yard touchdown on his first collegiate play, prompting the following tweet from former Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel:

Yes, the recruiting certainly was worth it, Rick. Way to take the spotlight away from Hundley for a minute so you can remind fans to thank you for your efforts. I suppose we should also thank you for not realizing Hundley’s talents last year, whereby enabling him to have four more years of eligibility. Who knows? Had you started him last year, maybe you’d still be coaching.

H/T LBS contributor Chaz