This, UCLA players say, is the jumping-off point.
A victory over Kansas State in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Friday could take the Bruins into a prosperous new year. They might even beat Stanford, which ruined UCLA's Pac-12 championship plans with a 31-10 victory in the regular-season finale.
UCLA has 18 starters returning. There are 50 players on the roster who are either sophomores or freshmen. The Bruins' 2015 recruiting class is ranked 15th by ESPN.
What won't be back is the hype because of the one player who is leaving, quarterback Brett Hundley.
This is where he jumps off.
The sun pretty much rose and set in Westwood with Hundley the last three seasons....