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UCLA Bruins defense looks to stop former commit Christian Powell

Christian Powell was an original commit to the UCLA Bruins last year when he was a senior at Upland. The Bruins originally recruited him as a fullback to be a lead blocker for running backs who looked like more natural fits at the position.

However, after a coaching shift led to most of the old staff being axed, Powell decided to look elsewhere in his recruitment, eventually settling on the Colorado Buffaloes. More interestingly, he has moved from fullback to running back, and in his first season is currently Colorado's leading rusher with 265 yards on 62 carries this season. Powell is averaging 4.27 yards per carry and has three touchdowns, and he figures to be the focus of UCLA's defense this week.

Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times wrote up a story on Powell that detailed his journey from Los Angeles to Boulder. UCLA's defense needs to be prepared to deal with a power back while also winning the battle at the line of scrimmage.