by Dave Miller
December 25, 02011
New UCLA head coach Jim Mora continues to build his staff in Westwood, landing former Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone to assume the same role with the Bruins.
This fall, the Sun Devils ranked No. 11 in the nation in passing, No. 24 in total offense and No. 24 in scoring as they thrived in Mazzone's spread scheme. In 2010, ASU was No. 15 in passing, No. 29 in total offense and No. 28 in scoring. The Bruins certainly needed to land a seasoned and successful coordinator to run a unit that really struggled in the final years of the Rick Neuheisel tenure, especially because of inconsistent quarterback play. Brett Hundley, UCLA's prized recruit from the Class of 2011, could be the focal point of the offense under the direction of Mazzone. Or the Bruins could look to Kevin Prince, the on-again off-again starter who has struggled with previous offenses and has had difficulty remaining healthy.
Before his stint in Tempe, Mazzone was wide receivers coach for the New York Jets for three seasons and was also the OC at Mississippi, North Carolina State, Oregon State and Auburn. He helped develop Phillip Rivers at NC State and coached Tim Tebow at the Senior Bowl, and he helped make Brock Osweiler one of the Pac-12's best signal-callers.
Already, Mora has hired passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, running backs coach Steve Broussard, defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo. Mora doesn't plan to make any new hires until after the new year, and he could be waiting until the NFL season ends so he could talk with some pro coaches he may be interested in bringing onto his staff as the Bruins look to compete with rival USC for L.A. superiority.
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