Practice Notes, Neuheisel Quotes

Kevin Prince has a good Sunday practice, and UCLA gets some encouraging news as some of the injured returned to form...

Overall, it was a decent day for Kevin Prince and the offense, and the defense got some good news with guys starting to get healthy.

Sheldon Price was back in practice, and appeared relatively unlimited. He still has the brace on his knee, but he participated in most of the team drills and only sat out the one on one drills with receivers. He looked mobile in coverage, and while there was maybe a little bit of trepidation planting and turning, he looked pretty fluid. Nelson Rosario was also back and practicing from his mild foot sprain, and looked healthy. Shaq Evans was back in practice in a red jersey, but didn't appear limited. Alberto Cid was also back in with the 1's on the offensive line.

Tony Dye and Anthony Jefferson both suited up in red jerseys but didn't participate in practice. Alex Mascarenas was again not dressed for practice.

On the quarterback side, Prince had an excellent outing in the 11 on 11 toward the end of practice, throwing with confidence and hitting his receivers in stride. He went six of eight in the period, but the two misses were a bad route by Rosario and a drop by Josh Smith. Brett Hundley looked decent in his few reps in the 11 on 11, but did overthrow Rosario badly down the sideline.

In the two minute drill, Prince didn't have to do much, as Shaq Evans took a short drag route all the way to the end zone. He threw another nice pass to Cory Harkey down to the 15 when they reset, and then Tyler Gonzalez banged home the 32 yarder. Crowd noise was piped in during the period to simulate the crowd in Tucson.

In the7 on 7, it was a different story for Prince, and he was not helped by his receivers. After completing his first four passes in the period, he proceeded to throw a really ugly interception, lofting a ball to Smith in triple coverage that was picked off by Stan McKay. Randall Carroll was wide open on the play. He then threw the ball behind Harkey on a slant, threw way too high to Randall Carroll on a post, and then threw a nice ball to Evans that was dropped. He finished 4 of 9 in the period. Hundley definitely had an off day as well, overthrowing Malcolm Jones on a short pass over the middle and Evans on a seam. Hundley got four reps in the 7 on 7 and completed one pass.

There were a lot of drops in general today, with Carroll actually not a culprit. Harkey, Evans, Taylor Embree, and Smith all dropped fairly easy passes in the 7 on 7.

Gonzalez went 3 of 4 in the field goal periods, pushing a miss from 40 yards wide right. His backup, Joe Roberts, went 2 of 3 and one of the makes was from 30 yards and barely cleared the crossbar.

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