By Joe Reedy

The Associated Press

Bruins’ schedule

(All times Pacific)

Aug. 29, at Cincinnati, 4 p.m.

Sept. 7, San Diego State, 1:15 p.m.

Sept. 14, Oklahoma, 5 p.m.

Sept. 21, at Washington State, TBA

Sept. 28, at Arizona, TBA

Oct. 5, Oregon State, TBA

Oct. 17, at Stanford, 6 p.m.

Oct. 26, Arizona State, TBA

Nov. 2, Colorado, TBA

Nov. 16, at Utah, TBA

Nov. 23, at USC, TBA

Nov. 30, California, TBA

LOS ANGELES — Chip Kelly does not generally put much stock in momentum. But the UCLA football coach acknowledges that the Bruins’ performance over the second half of last season, which included a win over crosstown rival USC, provided a boost coming into this year.

However, Kelly said his group has turned the page as he begins his second season in Westwood.

“You learn from the past, and you can study it a little bit,” said Kelly, whose past includes a wildly successful four-year stint at Oregon (2009-12). “But I think if you spend too much time in the past, you become irrelevant in the future.”

The Kelly Era did not get off to a fast start. UCLA lost its first five games — its worst start since 1943 — and finished 3-9, the fewest wins since 1989.

The offense returns nine starters, including sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and senior running back Joshua Kelley, who went for 289 yards in the victory over USC last November.

Tight end Caleb Wilson, who led the team last season in receptions, left early for the NFL, but receivers Theo Howard, a senior, and junior Demetric Felton could create some matchup problems with their speed.

The defense has seven starters returning from a unit that allowed 34.9 points per game last season, the sixth-worst average among Power Five teams. If there is any hope of improvement, the Bruins have to do a better job of pressuring the quarterback.

They had only 15 sacks last year, which tied for the second-worst total among Power Five programs.

The secondary, led by juniors Darnay Holmes and Quentin Lake, was one of the most improved position groups at UCLA last year.

“Our routine has been established. Now that they know where they’re supposed to be and when they’re supposed to be there, let’s get into the hows and the whys of what we’re trying to get accomplished,” Kelly said. “I think the familiarity is the big thing that will really benefit us going into Year 2.”

Here are some other things to know about the Bruins going into the season:

Stay healthy

Thompson-Robinson got thrown onto the field early due to injuries, and he struggled. He completed a modest 57.7 percent of his passes in seven starts before suffering a shoulder injury.

The sophomore was recruited as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and should have more confidence this season leading the offense, which will have more experience overall under Kelly’s system. However, there is not much depth behind Thompson-Robinson — none of the other quarterbacks has taken a snap in a college game.

In the trenches

The line struggled last season as it adjusted to Kelly’s spread offense, but there should be improvement this year with four starters returning.

Senior Boss Tagaloa will anchor the line at center, while the only spot that remains up for grabs is left tackle. Freshman Sean Rhyan — who was one of the top signings in Kelly’s second recruiting class — could end up winning it.

Early issues

The one area of immediate concern is linebacker. Senior Keisean Lucier-South will miss at least the first three games due to academic issues, while fellow senior Tyree Thompson suffered a foot injury a week into preseason practices and is out for an extended period after having surgery.

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