The Bruins have released their latest two-deep depth chart.
UCLA football announced its 29 starters and 29 backups for its upcoming game against Stanford as of Monday. Coach Chip Kelly has made it clear that these lineups can shift drastically before their kickoffs on Saturdays, but it is at least an insightful look at where things stand for the Bruins at the moment.
There were a few decisions of note from Kelly and co. this time around, and All Bruins is here to break them all down.
Paul Grattan has been one of the most consistent and reliable guys up front for the Bruins this season, and there wasn't much doubt to whether or not he'd be able to hold onto the starting job throughout the season.
Grattan's official backup, however, has changed for the first time.
Taking the place of Siale Taupaki is Baraka Beckett.
Throughout fall camp, Beckett lined up with the 2s, which made it kind of surprising when Taupaki was listed there in the first two-deep of the season after working through injuries for most of spring and fall camps. Taupaki was back on the sidelines at Monday's practice, the only player on the team wearing a black jersey, presumably hurt.
It remains to be seen whether or not this swap is only in response to that injury, but Beckett brings a lot of size and physical maturity to the table if he ever finds his way on the field.
The return of Sam Marrazzo against Fresno State meant the Bruins were back at full strength up front.
Even though he returned to being a full participant in practice last week, we still weren't sure if Marrazzo was going to play until Saturday night, since he was left off the Week 3 depth chart the previous Monday.
Now that he's back, Marrazzo immediately takes over as the No. 1 center. Duke Clemens takes over for Bruno Fina at the backup spot, and he stands to get some time on the field at that position with the way Kelly and offensive coordinator Justin Frye like to rotate things around on the offensive line.
Jon Gaines II moves from the starting center job to starting right guard, which was previously held down by Atonio Mafi.
Clemens was the backup to Mafi, a change made just ahead of the Week 0 game against Hawaii. With Clemens shifting over to center, Mafi slides back to the backup job, but again, Gaines, Mafi and Clemens will all probably shift around a good amount on the interior.
What stands out at this position isn't a change, but a surprise repeat of last week's depth chart.
Mike Martinez is still TE2 despite leaving Saturday's game with an injury and appearing at Monday's practice in a boot with a knee scooter. While it's difficult to speculate with Kelly not giving much insight into his players' statuses, those usually aren't great signs for guys' availability in the immediate future.
Michael Ezeike ran with the 2s through most of fall camp, so it was weird to see Martinez take that spot when the season got rolling – although he is admittedly the far superior blocker, and that's mostly the role he's been used in so far in 2021.
Whether or not Ezeike will step into that role against Stanford is still up in the air, but Martinez's chances of playing probably aren't as high as the two-deep suggests.
Another player who left the Fresno State game injured was Otito Ogbonnia.
Ogbonnia was in pads and a helmet at practice Monday and Tuesday though, unlike Martinez's complete lack of participation. While he hasn't taken part in drills with his position groups when the media's been watching, Ogbonnia has looked pretty spry and not in horrible condition.
Again, injuries are a total gray area of this team, but Ogbonnia being listed gives him a chance to appear this coming Saturday.
In the same camp as Ogbonnia is safety Quentin Lake, another Bruin who went down last Saturday night.
And like Ogbonnia, Lake has been wearing pads and a helmet at practice, working with team trainers and staying loose in the opening sessions open to the media. He has shown some solid mobility and clearly isn't laboring too much out there, and he may even be participating in the closed off parts of practice for all we know.
As much as we'd like to read into Lake and Ogbonnia's inclusion in the two-deep though, Martinez also being listed takes away a bit of the clarity that would have been provided by them making the cut.
The full depth chart can be seen here: