Wednesday Practice News

The team has its final physical practice of the week before the Illinois game Saturday, and Head Coach Karl Dorrell gives us a rundown on the status of <b>Jarrad Page</b>, <b>Justin London</b>, <b>Eyoseph Efseaff</b> and more...

Drew Olson had a good practice Wednesday, throwing the ball crisply and hitting his receivers on deep balls in stride repeatedly.

Jarrad Page didn't dressed but jogged on and off the field.

Justin London worked with the defense, both on individual drills and team drills.

Bruin Report Online broke the story this morning on junior safety/running back Nnamdi Ohaeri leaving the team and intending to transfer.

In a written statement, Head Coach Karl Dorrell said, "Nnamdi and I have spoken about his role on the team. At this time, he feels he would be happier seeking an opportunity elsewhere. We certainly wish him good luck."

Two freshman walk-ons joined the team this week: 6-3, 200-pound quarterback Tyler Holland from Atherton (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep, and a defensive tackle, Nick Rodriguez, from Pasadena (Calif.) Poly. Both Holland and Rodriguez have to follow the five-day NCAA acclimatization process to practice, so both were in just helmets and shorts Wednesday.

Karl Dorrell's post-practice comments...

"We had a good week of practice, this being our last physical day. It was good to see the guys that were hurt get to do some things at practice today. Eyoseph Efseaff practiced and did some team work, and looked pretty good doing it. Justin London was out there doing the stuff he needs to do to get himself ready too. I think both of those guys will be upgraded to having some playing time in the game. Looks like everything is starting to come into shape. We're on the mend. That's the good thing. And hopefully we can benefit with some of the work and improvement that we needed to make this week to get ready for a very good Illinois team."

You spoke to the defense at the end of practice. What did you try to impart to them?

"Giving them the talk that they need to have after the game that they had last week. There can be present a lot of doubt in your mind on how good you can be. We tried to explain that. A lot of those things were mental errors. We'll get ourselves right, and when we get the health of our defense back, we'll be in pretty good shape."

Did you want to make sure they still had their confidence?

"They still have their confidence. It was more I was asking them to come and have a break-out game. Let's be ready to play and prove we're a better defense than the week before."

What led you to move Eyoseph to defense?

"He's big and strong, very athletic and runs real well. He's had that experience sometime in his past before here at UCLA. It was something he entertained and thought that was a good idea. Given the state of where we are with our health with our inside people he's a logical answer to try to work with."

Is it a short-term thing?

"We'll see. We're going to live through this experience this week. And we'll see how that goes, and we'll take it to the next week. It'd be great if we can get some good snaps out of him this week to give us some help inside."

What's the status of Jarrad Page?

"He's very sore. I think he jogged earlier today and did some stuff. He's still pretty sore. We'll see what he does tomorrow. It's doubtful whether he'll be ready to play."

Will Chris Horton step into that spot?

"Actually Eric McNeal is. McNeal will start, if that (Page not starting) were to be the case. And also Horton will be right there ready to play backing up both safeties."

How did London look?

"He looked good today. We didn't want him doing too much. He tried to practice the whole practice. It was up to him. We're just going to see what he can do on Saturday. We're not going to let him play that much on Saturday either, just because the nature of that injury. We don't want it to be something that will linger him for the rest of the season. So we'll keep an eye on what his progress is during the week and even during the game."

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