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Noel Mazzone (pronounced Muh-ZONE-ee) joined the Bruin staff in January of 2012 after working as the offensive coordinator at Arizona State in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. His impressive coaching resume includes time as an assistant coach in the NFL and as an offensive coordinator in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the Pac-12
The big numbers kept coming for Mazzone's offense in year two at UCLA in 2013. The unit set school records for total offense (692 yards) and first downs (39) in the New Mexico State contest. A school record 26 players caught a pass during the season. Quarterback Brett Hundley ranked among the nation's top 25 for completion % (14th-668), passing game (18th-16.8), and total offense (23rd-293.8). Shaq Evans, a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets, finished his career ranked tied for 10th on the all-time school receptions list and tied for ninth on the single-season touchdown reception list. Hundley also produced the third-most rushing yards by a quarterback in school history. Junior Jordon James posted career-best rushing totals and three 100-yard games.
Mazzone's first season on the field with the Bruins turned into a record-setting campaign. Senior running back Johnathan Franklin established new school marks for career rushing yards (4,403 yards), career all-purpose yards (4,925), single-season rushing yards (1,734), single-season 100-yard rushing games (9), and single-season all-purpose yards (2,062). He was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.