Jerry Neuheisel on quarterback competition:
On the transfer of T.J. Millweard:
It hurts. It hurts. We've become really good friends. And as much as everyone
thinks we don't like each other in the quarterback room, and we're all trying to
take each other's job, we're all friends. We all do want the job, but we all
want each other to play well, and we all want each other to earn it. We're still
out here battling for the No. 2 job, but we're going to miss T.J. and we wish
him the best in the future.
On the competition for the No. 2 job:
Really, my thoughts are just with T.J. We wish he was still here with us and we
wish him the best in the future. The competition was always a competition
between me, Mike, Asiantii and T.J. All of us don't want to be the backup, we
all want the starting job. Our job is to push Brett and it's the whole room's
job to make him still earn that job. As much as I want a backup spot, I want a
starting spot even more. Mike wants a starting spot, Asiantii wants a starting
spot. It's up to our whole room to make sure we're all pushing Brett.
On if he feels they've pushed Hundley well:
I would say not well enough. He's definitely outshining us right now, but I
would say we all have the talent to push him. Its hard when you don't get as
many reps as he does. But he makes the most of his and we have to make the most
of ours. And we're going to keep getting better and make him keep getting
On earning the No. 2 spot:
The mentality is that you're the starter still. If he goes down, it's not like
the game plan changes at all. You have to be ready to run the exact same plays
he was running. The job is never to give it back. Tom Brady went in and now he's
talked about as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. If the starting
quarterback doesn't go down, we don't know if Tom Brady ever becomes Tom Brady.
The backup quarterback's job is that if he ever goes in, he never gives it back.
On if he feels he would be ready:
Right now I think I'm ready. I'm still making a few mental errors here and there
and I have to go back to the tape and watch it, but I think I'm pushing a little
bit. I think all of us are pushing a little extra to make that extra play and
get more reps. Its up to us to be more consistent and protect the football and
help our team score.
On if he feels the mental side is where he needs to work:
Mentally I feel like I'm there, but I think I push it too much. And I think all
of us push it to much and all of a sudden we push the tempo too much and then we
lose control. We've still got a little bit of time until the season starts and a
little bit of time before Nevada comes, but I'm sure we'll be ready. Whoever is
playing quarterback, whether it's Brett to start off with or whoever, everybody
will be ready to play that job.
On if he would ever consider leaving for an opportunity to play:
I think I've been through worse, with my dad getting fired. But everyone has a
personal decision to make. I love being a Bruin, I love playing in the Rose
Bowl, I don't think it would ever cross my mind to leave and I want to be a
Bruin forever. Even if he gets the backup job, and something else happens, I
mean, Maryland had a linebacker playing quarterback last year, so it's my job,
as soon as I get in the game, I'll never give it back. Being the son of a backup
quarterback, it's been ingrained in me forever. Its a little bit difficult to
sit back there and not take reps. As a quarterback, you're always competitive.
Only one guy gets the job and it's hard for you to sit back and be like 'I could
do that better." And then you go in, and it's not as easy and you start pushing
a little bit, trying to make bigger plays. Everyone has to play within
On feedback from the Mazzone's:
Just be more consistent. I consistently make about one mental error per
practice, and that's just not acceptable for the quarterback position. I'm
working to eradicate that and get that taken care of before we play Nevada.
VIDEO: Neuheisel on Competition
Bruin Report Online Top Stories
Clips of Latest UCLA OL Offeree Orlando UmanaSept. 28 -- Check out highlights of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive lineman Orlando Umana, who UCLA offered this week...
Bruin Report Online9:04 AM
Marques Tuiasosopo Talks Rosen's StartSept. 28 -- UCLA quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo spoke to reporters about star sophomore Josh Rosen's start to the 2016 season...
Bruin Report Online8:15 AM
Game Week: UCLA's O vs. Arizona's DSep. 28 -- This isn't exactly going to be strength-on-strength, when UCLA's offense matches up against Arizona's defense...
Bruin Report Online3:27 AM
Game Week: UCLA v. ArizonaIt's your one-stop shop for all the previews, analyses, interviews, podcasts, and more from the week leading up to the Arizona game Saturday...
Bruin Report Online3:40 AM
3-star DB Cotton Planning More VisitsSept. 28 -- Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum defensive back Trajon Cotton talked about his official visit to Oregon and his plans for his next few visits...
Bruin Report Online3:28 AM