Scrimmage at Thursday's Practice

Quarterback Richard Brehaut has a command as he leads the offense to a few scores in the 40+-play scrimmage at practice Thursday, while wide receiver Nelson Rosario makes the play of the day...

The Bruins ended Thursday's practice with a 40+-play live scrimmage, and it was relatively impressive on both sides of the ball.

The first string defense got limited reps as a unit, with the defensive coaches doing quite a bit of mixing and matching among the 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s. For instance, Datone Jones might have played a couple of series and that sat out the next 8 series.

What stood out probably the most was the performance of quarterback Richard Brehaut. He didn't necessarily do anything spectacular, but he was efficient, and was clearly confident and in command. He went 6 of 7 for 60 yards and one 30-yard touchdown pass. He ran the offense with crispness and a swagger that he now knows quite a bit more of what he's doing. He also ran for a 2-yard touchdown on a bootleg after play action.

It was a considerable contrast with true freshman Brett Hundley, who looked exactly like a very talented 18-year old thrust into a very demanding, confusing situation. Hundley went 4 of 11 for 29 yards. He showed that he can throw a nice ball, and he is athletic, moving very well, but he struggled to find receivers.

The play of the scrimmage was Brehaut's touchdown pass to Nelson Rosario, who was well-covered on the play by cornerback Sheldon Price, but Rosario snatched the ball away from Price over his head. Rosario is having a very impressive spring, perhaps because of the tutelage of new Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receiver Coach Mike Johnson. Rosario had 3 catches for 44 yards.

Probably the second-best play from scrimmage was a 20-yard scamper by tailback Johnathan Franklin, on what was a simple off-tackle call. He only carried the ball twice, for a total of 23 yards. Derrick Coleman ran hard, tallying 19 yards on 5 carries and one four-yard touchdown.

The offense, while operating mostly out of the Pistol, looks more dynamic and diversified. It often operated with two backs, the tailback behind the quarterback in the Pistol, with the F back split to the side.

Starting center Kai Maiava sat out the day, even though he was dressed, so Greg Capella worked with the 1s. At tackle, Brett Downey had a good number of snaps with the 1s over Mike Harris.

On defense, easily the guy who had his named called the most often was JC transfer linebacker Ryan Hofmeister, who had at least five tackles, being in the right place at the right time repeatedly.

Here's how the scrimmage went:

1s:
Brehaut on a quick hitter to Ricky Marvray for 5 yards.
Fly sweep to Josh Smith, nice tackle by Owamagbe Odighizuwa (who was with the 1s), for a gain of 1.
Brehaut quick hitch to Nelson for a first down.
Franklin breaks off his 20-yard run, and they're now inside the 5.
Franklin stopped for no gain by Sealli Epenesa.
Derrick Coleman stopped for a short gain by Glenn Love.
Brehaut play-action boot for a touchdown.

2s:
Malcolm Jones runs for 8 yards, with Wesley Flowers missing the tackle at the line of scrimmage.
Jones for no gain.
Linebacker Aramide Olaniyan sacks Brett Hundley.

2s:
Hundley fumbles snap
Quick hitter to Marvray for 7.
3rd and 10, Hundley throws behind an open Jerry Rice, incomplete.

1s:

Brehaut out of zone read runs for 5.
Brehaut throws 30-yard touchdown to Rosario.

1s:
Coleman breaks tackle at line of scrimmage for 14 yards.
Brehaut hits Morrell Presley on a drag route for 11.
Brehaut runs on a zone read for 2.
Draw to Coleman gains nothing.
Brehaut throws nice touchdown to tight end Joseph Fauria over the middle in the back of the endzone but Fauria is called for a false start.
Brehaut throws incomplete in end zone.
Kip Smith kicks 32-yard field goal.

2s:
Hundley hits Randall Carroll on an out for 12.
Hundley hooks up with Rice for 11 on a drag.
Hundley zone reads and runs for 6.
Hundley throws the ball away after no one is open.
James is stopped for no gain by Hofmeister.
Smith misses 26-yard field goal.

1s:
Brehaut scrambles for 8.
Coleman stopped by Hofmeister for 1 yard gain.
Brehaut flushed out, runs for 3.
Brehaut to Rosario on quick slant for 11.
Coleman runs for 4-yard touchdown.

2s:
Hundley throws screen to Jones, stopped by Hofmeister for no short gain.
Safety Stan McKay makes a nice break-up on a hitch.
Walk-on cornerback Jeff Dickman breaks up a pass.

2s:
Hundley throws incomplete.
Hundley scrambles for a gain of 7, tackle by Hofmeister.
Hundley tucks the ball and runs for 4.
4th and 4, run by James gains 0.

There was one of two more series in there that we might have missed.

UCLA'S Official Stats:

UCLA Spring Practice Scrimmage Stats (4-14-11)

Rushing Leaders
Johnathan Franklin: 2 carries for 23 yards

Derrick Coleman: 5-19 yards and 1 TD (4 yards)

Richard Brehaut: 5-16-1 (2 yards)

Malcolm Jones: 2-9-0

Jordon James: 1-2-0

Anthony Barr: 1-2-0

Josh Smith: 1-2-0

Brett Hundley: 6- (-2)-0

Receiving Leaders
Nelson Rosario: 3 catches for 44 yards and 1 TD (30 yards)

Ricky Marvray: 2-11-0
Morrell Presley: 1-12-0
Randall Carroll: 1-11-0
Jerry Rice, Jr.: 1-11-0
Malcolm Jones 1-0-0

Passing Leaders
Richard Brehaut 6 of 7 for 60 yards and 1 TD (30 yards to Rosario)
Brett Hundley 4 of 11 for 29 yards and 0 TD

Offensive Scoring
Richard Brehaut: 2-yard run
Nelson Rosario: 30-yard pass from Richard Brehaut
Derrick Coleman: 4-yard run

Field Goals -----Kip Smith --- 33 good, 26 no good


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