Tuesday Practice News

While the media swarmed about the John Sciarra issue, UCLA actually practiced Tuesday. Here are some bits of news, along with comments from Head Coach Karl Dorrell...

Most of the discussion after practice Tuesday when Karl Dorrell met the media dealt with the John Sciarra issue.

Once that was out of the way, and most of the television journalists then hopped from Dorrell to someone else to ask questions about Sciarra, Dorrell actually answered some questions about practice.

Drew Olson got good reviews from the coaches on his performance in practice Tuesday.

Walk-on redshirt freshman Brian Callahan took the backup snaps. Josh Roenicke, the walkon sophomore wide receiver who originally came to UCLA as a walkon quarterback, is the designated #3 quarterback for the Illinois game. Roenicke had some repetitions at quarterback Tuesday. Sciarra ran the scout team.

With the loss of Sciarra, Dorrell admitted that the depth at quarterback is a worry. Talking to a reporter, he said, "We may have to line you up to play. We're in a tough situation, but we have to do what's right, and what's right is to issue a suspension. Hopefully we'll get through this game without anything major happening."

Dorrell said that Sciarra's suspension will be for just the Illinois game.

Even though he's projected to be out 4-6 weeks, Matt Moore believes he'll return earlier. In fact, he said he expected to be ready in time for conference play, which begins in a little over three weeks against Washington at the Rose Bowl.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis tweaked his ankle early in practice, but finished the session and appeared to be fine.

Dorrell said Tuesday was a good practice. "I was pleased with our effort today. I think our team understood some of the issues and miscues that happened last week against Colorado. We're trying to get those things fixed. Their attitude is great. They want to get back on track. And today was a great sign of getting over that hump and moving on to our next opponent."

When asked what he did in practice specifically to improve on those issues, Dorrell said, "We paid attention to detail. We're going to run our game plan, but alleviate the issues that were part of the problem last week. We rehearsed and did things in a little bit more detail."

Dorrell denied that he would hold back the reins on the offense with Moore out. He said, "We have to generate points. We can't all of a sudden become a pack-it-in offense. We have to keep doing what we're doing but just do it better. We have to be able to move the ball, score points, and win a football game."

On Illinois: "They can move the ball on offense. They've done a nice job doing that and they also can do a nice job of stopping you on defense with a good, physical, hard defense. So it's a good challenge for us."

Dorrell also remember the last time he played Illinois: "Yeah, '84, Rose Bowl, two touchdowns."

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