The Bruins' newest defensive end is redshirt freshman Asi Faoa, who arrived at UCLA as a linebacker. While the hobbled defensive line welcomes all reinforcements, the UCLA coaches believe this switch could be permanent.
"I'm a linebacker at heart, but defensive end is looking pretty good, especially because I blew up," said Faoa, who said he has put on 35 pounds since high school. "I want to get in there and get a sack."
Faoa, whose play this season has been limited to special teams, will play some defensive end in Saturday's game against Stanford. Some coaches believe he can develop into the strong pass rusher the Bruins have lacked this season.
The Bruins also have failed to recruit a defensive lineman among 15 players giving oral commitments to UCLA, most recently safety Jibril Raymo of Beverly Hills High. The Bruins plan to award two to four more scholarships.