Report: UCLA QB Brett Hundley to return for redshirt junior season

Sunday January 5th, 2014

Considered a possible first-round pick once he enters the NFL draft, Brett Hundley will hone his skills for one more season at UCLA. (Victor Calzada/AP) A potential first-round pick once he leaves school, Brett Hundley will stay for one more season at UCLA. (Victor Calzada/AP)

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has decided to stay in school. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hundley will return for his redshirt junior season with the Bruins instead of entering the NFL draft.

Hundley's decision comes only days after UCLA head coach Jim Mora announced that he was sticking with the Bruins instead of pursuing the head coaching position at Texas.

The UCLA quarterback has started every game for the Bruins since the beginning of the 2012 season. This fall he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,071 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine picks. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Arizona native also pitched in 748 yards and 11 scores on the ground. For his UCLA career Hundley has thrown for 6,816 yards, 53 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Hundley will enter the 2014 season as a third-year starter and one of the more experienced quarterbacks in the Pac-12. If the Bruins can engineer an upset or two against what should be another deep conference next season, Hundley's name will again come up as a Heisman Trophy candidate. He''ll have to perform better against top competition, however. In UCLA's three losses to Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State this season, Hundley threw for only four touchdowns against five interceptions.

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