UCLA freshman Myles Jack has been an impact performer from the second he stepped on campus in Westwood. Throughout the season, he has been one of UCLA’s top playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. But over the last couple of weeks, Jack has revealed a new side to his game: offense.
Myles Jack had four rushing touchdowns, five tackles and a PBU in a 41-31 win over Washington.
Against Arizona, two weeks ago, Jack took his first snaps on offense and he went for 120 yards on six carries and one touchdown at running back. This past weekend, Jack’s role increased. UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. doubled the carries for Jack and the former 247Sports Composite four-star answered with four touchdowns, leading the Bruins to a 41-31 win over his hometown team of Washington.
Jack’s four touchdowns on the ground made him only the 13th Bruin to accomplish such a feat and made him a back-to-back winner of the 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week.
Jack’s offensive prowess is no fluke. Without his play at running back, UCLA probably doesn’t beat Arizona a week ago. The same is very likely true against Washington as well. Jack had four carries during the last seven plays of a 12-play scoring drive that was capped with a 2-yard TD plunge from Jack. It gave UCLA a crucial 34-24 lead with Washington threatening.
Among his 13 carries on Saturday, five came on third down and each was converted into either a first down or a touchdown. All this while the defense essentially knows he’s going to get the football when in the game.
Defensively Jack’s play isn’t being sacrificed for the offense. On Saturday, he still rung up five tackles and a pass defended. His athleticism is evident on both sides of the ball and so is his physicality. Though he finds the ball in the run game, Jack has emerged as one of the best linebackers in the Pac-12 in pass coverage.
Hailing from Washington power Bellevue High School in the suburbs of Seattle, Jack played on Friday nights last year just a few miles from the University of Washington. On those Friday nights, offensive domination was no less common than his defensive standout play. He’s been a two-way player his entire career and he’s making a strong case to keep it that way. In fact, Jack will make Mora and the UCLA staff think hard about an extended offensive role if not a permanent switch.
As a senior at Bellevue High School, Jack was a U.S. Army All-American. He was also rated by the 247Sports Composite system, which formulates a ranking using all the major recruiting networks, as a four-star prospect and the No. 10 inside linebacker in the nation.
Week 1 - Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech
Week 2 - Alex Collins, Arkansas
Week 3 – Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Week 4 – Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Week 5 – Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech
Week 6 – Carl Lawson, Auburn
Week 7 – Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Week 8 - Davis Webb, Texas Tech
Week 9 - Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
Week 10 - Tarean Folston, Notre Dame
Week 11 - Myles Jack, UCLA