Practice Notes, Neuheisel Quotes

Practice is better, and Kevin Prince looks improved, while Rick Neuheisel talks about his relationship with Jon Embree and the matchup with Colorado...

UCLA had an atypical Wednesday, actually practicing in shells rather than full pads. Neuheisel said afterward that's because they want to save their legs.

Overall, it was a better practice than yesterday, so maybe there's something to that. There wasn't that sloppiness that was pervasive yesterday, and the team seemed to be practicing with a bit more intensity.

Kevin Prince was a bit better than he was yesterday, especially in the 7 on 7, but threw a bad interception during the 2 minute offense where he overthrew Taylor Embree and Andrew Abbott picked it off.

In the 7 on 7, though, he went 13 of 15, with one of the passes being a drop by Johnathan Franklin and the other a interception by Abbott that really should have been pass interference. He got all but one of the reps in 7 on 7, and while most of the passes were short check downs, it was a much better sequence than the adventures of yesterday.

Richard Brehaut and Brett Hundley both got limited work, with Prince taking the majority of the scout team reps as well. There's definitely an effort going on to get Prince comfortable again after the shaky game against Utah.

Tony Dye and Embree got into it a little bit during 7 on 7, when Dye probably had Embree wrapped for a little too long after the play was over. They got in each other's faces, but it didn't appear to be a serious thing.

Dye didn't have a great practice, getting burnt by Embree for a touchdown during the same period, to Joe Tresey's loud disapproval.

Tyler Gonzales had another tough time at the end of the 2 minute. This time, he missed the first attempt at the end of the drill and then missed all four attempts to rekick. I'd have to guess he was just nervous after missing the first short, because he pushed the next four right. But it bears watching, since he's gone 1 for 8 in team periods the last two days.

Jordan Zumwalt is still making his way back, but did a lot more today. He participated in 7 on 7 and full team drills, although he sat out a bit of the individual drills. Derrick Coleman looks like he's entirely back from the hip issue.

Alex Mascarenas was out of the red jersey and working largely with the scout team.

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