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Tuesday August 12th, 2014

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UCLA redshirt junior quarterback Brett Hundley looks the part: a 6-foot-3 inch, 225-pound frame, speed to burn, a strong arm, with unquestioned leadership qualities. So why didn’t he forego his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where he was assured of being a first-round pick?

Hundley, who threw for 3,071 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, told Sports Illustrated in July that he wants to get UCLA back into the national spotlight and get his degree. 

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Hundley is featured on one of five regional Sports Illustrated covers this week previewing the upcoming college football season, which has a four-team playoff for the first time.   

Getting UCLA back on top has been difficult of late. UCLA hasn’t won the conference since 1998 and is seeking its first Rose Bowl appearance in 15 seasons.

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Should the Bruins find themselves on top of the Pac-12 and into the college football playoff this season, Hundley might be taking home a suitcase full of hardware when award season comes around. 

For more on the College Football Preview, including profiles on Louisville coach Bobby Petrino and Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, check out this week's issue of Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).

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