Former UCLA Bruin wide receiver Freddie Mitchell witnessed a team practice last week and he saw a noticeable difference from when he played in Westwood.
“The pace. The pace is fast. [Chip Kelly] controls the time and it’s really different,” Mitchell said, per 247 Sports.
Kelly is known for his up-tempo read-option offense that he made famous during his time at Oregon. He’s brought the same philosophy to the Bruins. Mitchell noticed Kelly’s influence instantly.
UCLA’s single season receiving yards record holder believes the Bruins have a promising future with Kelly at the helm.
“I like what they are doing,” Mitchell said. “I think they are on the right direction.”
That’s encouraging news from a respected former player like Mitchell, especially after a two-straight disappointing seasons.
Kelly’s arrival has brought some optimism to the program. We’ll see if that leads to wins on the football field.
The Bruins will conclude their spring camp with a spring game on Saturday at Drake Stadium.