UCLA coaches were a little unsure what to do with Nate Iese, the 6-foot-3, 243-pound specimen from Elk Grove, Calif. He was on offense, then defense and spent 2012 as a redshirt.
Iese, moved to Y-back in the spring, is now a guy offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is itching to have ready.
“I’m like that kid that found a five-carat diamond in Arkansas,” Mazzone said. “You think, is it really worth that much money? Then you cut it up and shine it up and it’s a gem.”
That’s a long walk for a short drink of water, but his point is well taken. Iese has the look of a guy who will be a handful.
Iese is hardly unfamiliar with the role of receiver. He had 42 receptions for 522 yards and seven touchdowns at Sheldon High School as a senior.