Practice Report, Neuheisel Quotes

UCLA practices well on Wednesday, Kevin Prince looks pretty good throwing the ball, a few more Bruins are sick, and Rick Neuheisel talks about USC and whether or not he feels he's coaching for his job...

Johnathan Franklin, Randall Carroll and Alberto Cid were all back in practice after being sick yesterday, but today Kai Maiava, Andrew Abbott, Brandon Sermons, and Todd Golper all sat out practice. Abbott, Sermons, and Golper were all sick with the flu as well, but Maiava had to attend to a family matter. Sean Westgate and Isaiah Bowens were both out again with their concussions, and it would appear unlikely that they will play on Saturday.

One good sign is that it looks like this flu (in my expert, medical opinion) is a one day kind of deal, with Franklin, Carroll, and Cid all practicing fully and not looking the worse for wear.

For the second consecutive week, the Bruins practiced in shoulder pads and shorts- or, in some cases, sweat pants. It was another pretty good practice leading into the USC game, with some real intensity and tempo. At one point the coaches gathered the players at mid field to get them pumped up, but it wasn't really necessary since they were already practicing pretty well.

With Maiava out, there was obviously some movement on the offensive line. Greg Capella took the snaps at center, and Casey Griffiths actually got a little time at guard. Obviously, with Capella moving over, Cid and Wade Yandall saw the majority of the snaps at guard.

With Abbott and Sermons out, Anthony Jefferson got a momentary look at cornerback in team periods, but he's not ready yet, still looking a touch slow since coming back from the injury. Tony Dye took over some of the nickel work.

Kevin Prince had a mostly good day, connecting on the vast majority of his passes in the 7 on 7 and during the 2 minute. He hit one really nice pass to Taylor Embree during 7 on 7 in the corner of the end zone that Embree caught over Sheldon Price. In the 2 minute, he threw a really nice pass to Nelson Rosario streaking down the sideline for a touchdown. Again, they practiced with the special USC crowd noise.

The only lowlight was a pretty bad interception on a pass in the flat to Dalton Hilliard, who returned it for a touchdown.

Richard Brehaut got the primary reps backing up Prince and looked OK. Brett Hundley didn't take many reps at all, and judging by Neuheisel's post game comments, you might expect that Brehaut will be the primary backup for Prince on Saturday.

Wesley Flowers went down with a left knee injury toward the end of practice. No word yet on how severe the injury is.

Patrick Cowan attended the first chunk of practice, which you might take as a good omen for this weekend

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