Tuesday Practice Notes

Head Coach Bob Toledo provides an injury update and talks about Stanford, their offensive line, and the key of having an experienced, senior-laden team...

Injury Report:

Shane Lehmann, sprained ankle. Limited practice Tuesday.

Matt Ware, sprained ankle. Still questionable, but Coach Toledo said, "not doubtful." He practiced on a limited basis yesterday, ran straight ahead well.

Brian Poli-Dixon, dislocated shoulder. Poli-Dixon ran at practice Tuesday. He said he's "50-50," but Coach Toledo said he's "on the minus side of he 50."


Coach Toledo comments…

On how this the first team he and his coaching staff can call their own...

"This is really our team. These are all our recruits, these are all our players. Last year's seniors was our first recruiting class, but we had three weeks to recruit them. So this senior class is the redshirt class that we first recruited in those three weeks or guys who played four years without redshirting. These are our guys, we have to live with them now."

On Stanford punt returner, Luke Powell…

"He's real dangerous. He hurt us as a receiver last year. He had, what, a 72-yard touchdown. He's a little guy, fast and he's quick. He's definitely a threat. He reminds a lot of Troy Walters."

On the significance in the Pac-10 of having a senior-heavy team…

It's absolutely important. That's what's happened this year. Look at Washington State, Stanford and us. We're a senior-oriented team. Teams that continue to be successful are the teams that can recruit and keep that senior class as a good number, a big number. And then of course you have stay healthy. Particularly keeping your key players healthy."

On Stanford's offensive line…

"They're the best O-line in the conference, not counting our guys. There's the best offensive line we have faced or will face. They're experienced. There's nothing like experience. They anticipate dogs and blitzes, they know how to work together. That's so important, to know how to work together on combination blocking. That's the experience that shows.

On preparing for your opponent's every possible move…

"It gets to the point where you have to worry about yourself. Let's take care of our business. Who we play against is who we play against. It's been a pretty good approach. You work on what you see. You can't chase ghosts. My big thing as a coach – when they do something, then you adjust to it in a game. I've been on staffs when they decide to practice all the things, and you practice so much of nothing they do, and you waste your time. That kind of drove me nuts over the years. I don't want to chase ghosts. We'll work on what they do. If they do something differently, we'll adjust to it. That's the greatest thing about coaching. Can you adjust to what they're doing."

On the problems the UCLA offensive line has had with pass protection…

"Last week we had a legitimate excuse. First, we're starting two freshman guards. That's the experience thing. There were a couple of calls we didn't make. Saffer's making a call, Vieira's making a call, and the guy comes through and no one blocks him. Communication, that's probably thet greatest example. They all have to work together as one. If one guys screws up you have a problem. There were a couple of breakdowns by the line. I have to admit that. But the Cal defense, they were running something we hadn't prepared a lot for, and a freshman guard is going to make that mistake. We adjusted and I thought he did a good job adjusting to it."


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