The 2015 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bruins were coached by fourth-year head coach Jim L. Mora and played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. They were members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.
The team finished the season as the No. 10 ranked team in the country with 10 wins, including a 40–35 win over the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2015 Alamo Bowl. The Bruins were led by quarterback Brett Hundley, running back Paul Perkins and linebacker Eric Kendricks. The team defeated the cross-town rival USC Trojans for three straight years, this time 38–20 on November 22, 2014 in the Rose Bowl.
On August 14, 2015, UCLA announced that freshman wide receiver Cordell Broadus had left the UCLA football team, "[deciding] to pursue other passions in his life."
UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen completed 28 of 35 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns in a 34–16 win over Virginia. The No. 13 Bruins gained 503 yard in total offense as Rosen completed passes to 11 different receivers. UCLA did not allow a touchdown until the final minutes of the game.
The nation's top quarterback recruit, Rosen was taking over for three-year starter Brett Hundley, who had left for the National Football League (NFL). On the first play, the freshman threw a perfect 55-yard pass to Kenneth Walker III, who dropped the pass. The drive stalled, but Rosen completed seven consecutive passes at the end of the quarter, including a scoring pass to Devin Fuller. In the middle of the second quarter, Rosen connected with Thomas Duarte on a 30-yard pass placed over the defender's shoulder and into his receiver's hands. Two defenders playing on offense scored for UCLA in the third. Linebacker Myles Jack, who also spends some time at running back, scored on a run, and defensive tackle Kenny Clark caught a scoring pass late in the quarter. Virginia, who had been limited to three field goals, scored their only touchdown with 3:29 left in the game.
The Cavaliers had been selected to finish last among seven teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division, and lost six of seven games dating back to the previous season. Rosen was honored as the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.Jim L. Mora, Head Coach
Noel Mazzone, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Adrian Klemm, Associate Head Coach/Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
Tom Bradley, Defensive Coordinator (new to UCLA)
Demetrice Martin, Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Secondary
Kennedy Polamalu, Running Backs
Scott White, Linebackers/Special teams
Eric Yarber, Wide Receivers
Angus McClure, Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Taylor Mazzone, Quarterbacks Coach
Sal Alosi, Coordinator of Strength & Conditioning
Lou Groza Award: Ka'imi Fairbairn
Foster Farms Bowl MVP: Jaleel Wadood
The following Pac-12 players were named to the 2015 College Football All-America Team by the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA):First team
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K (WCFF, AP, FWAA, AFCA)Second team
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, (SN)Third team
Kenny Clark (AP)
Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Rosen
The following players were named to the All-Pac-12 team.First team
Kenny Clark, DL
Jordan Payton, WR
Aaron Wallace, LB
Marcus Rios, DB
The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.