Monday's Football News

Head Coach Karl Dorrell talks about the development of offense and some steps that will be taken on punt return coverage, among other things, along with other bits of news...

UCLA's coaching staff have been meeting to discuss an overhaul in the punt coverage team.

The overhaul could mean an open tryout of sorts on the squad for punt coverage. The word is that the coaches aren't happy with the effort of the unit.

when asked if he'd move starters to the unit, Head Coach Karl Dorrell said, "It could be starters, it coudl be backups from other areas. Thre's a lot we can change. Some of it was from a scheme standpoint, but some of it was obviously we didn't do the execution that we had done in the previous two weeks."

When asked if the third punt that Antonio Perkins returned for a touchdown was intended to be caught, Dorrell said it wasn't. He said, "When the ball doesn't go in the direction it's supposed to go, it's hard to cover the rest of teh field." But Dorrell completely supported his punter Chris Kluwe, emphasizing that Kluwe was a very good punter and had performed well in UCLA's first two games.

Backup lineman Shane Lehmann could see more time at tight end for San Diego State this week since with Kezirian (ankle) and Marcedes Lewis (shoulder) both doubtful for Saturday. Dorrell did say that he was hopeful that one of them would be prepared to play against San Diego State. J.J. Hair played most of the second half in the Oklahoma game and Dorrell said he played well.

Keith Carter, the tight end who broke his hip, is not expected to be ready to play anytime soon. He just began light practice last week.

Starting quarterback Matt Moore is not expected back this week either. He's expected to practice more in the next few days but Dorrell wasn't optimistic about Moore returning for San Diego. "it's possible," Dorrell said, "but not likely." The Bruins' game against Washington at the Rose Bowl October 4th will be at 3:30 and televised by Fox Sports Net.

The conservative offense continues to be an issue that is dogging the team. UCLA's offense was ranked 117th out of 117 NCAA Division 1-A teams last week, and this week, after its performance against Oklahoma, moved up to 116th, averaging 239.33 yards a game SMU took over the dubious last spot, averaging 239 per game).

Dorrell continues to emphasize that it's a matter of time before the offensive players get the offense and it begins clicking. "It's gradual, particularly when you're putting in everything new for everybody to understand it. It's not going to be something that lights up the scoreboard when you've got different people learning within the system. But we'll see at a certain point where it clicks for them. 'Oh, that's is what you mean.' This hasn't quite hit yet, but it will."

When asked if he'd like to put his playmakers like Craig Bragg and Junior Taylor into more opportunities to make plays, Dorrell said, "We would love to put them in position where they could do something after the catch. That's what this offense is about, that's how we designed it. That will come. They need to understand the elements first before jumping off to that dimension."


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