J.Michael Sturdivant is running it back with UCLA for one more season.

Rather than enter his name in the upcoming NFL Draft, Sturdivant announced on social media Monday night he will return to Westwood for the 2024 season. It’s a big win for the Bruins’ pass game, as the 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore started 10 games and ranked second on the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.


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Sturdivant transferred to UCLA ahead of the 2023 season after spending two years with the Cal football program.

In 2022, Sturdivant caught 65 balls for 755 yards and seven touchdowns to earn Freshman All-American honors with the Golden Bears.

In 2023, he didn’t post the same numbers, but he was still a threat when UCLA was able to get its pass game up and running. Sturdivant brought in 36 receptions for 597 yards and four scores. His 16.6 yards-per-catch clip ranked sixth among qualified Pac-12 receivers.

Sturdivant recorded a reception in every game and showed a knack for being a big-play weapon down the field. If the pass game can find some consistency, Sturdivant can surely help his draft stock in 2024.

With him back for another year, UCLA appears to be in good shape at wideout. Logan Loya is back as well, and UCLA has added Notre Dame transfer receiver Rico Flores to the fold.