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The UCLA football team will begin its 2005 Spring Practice a day later than previously scheduled due to administrative reasons and start on Wednesday, February 23 at 3:45 p.m.
The Bruins will add a practice session on Thursday, February 24.
All practices will take place on Spaulding Field, directly south of Pauley Pavilion, with the exception of the practice on March 12, which will be held at Drake Stadium.
Twelve of the 15 practices will take place on weekday afternoons and will begin at 3:45 p.m. All practices will be open to the public.
Here is the complete practice schedule (3:45 p.m. unless noted): Feb. 23, Feb. 24, Feb. 25, Feb. 26 (Noon), Feb. 28, Mar. 1, Mar. 3, Mar. 4, Mar. 5 (10:00 a.m.), Mar. 7, Mar. 8, Mar.10, Mar. 12 (10:00 a.m.), Mar. 14, Mar. 15.
Practice dates and times are subject to change.
UCLA, because of a number of circumstances, could be the favorite for Ray Hall, the 6-10 junior center from Denver (Col.) Mullen.
Among the schools Hall is interested in, UCLA has by far shown the most interest. Ben Howland is the only head coach among the schools Hall is interested in to have come to see him play this season.
Other schools like North Carolina and Kansas haven't shown as much interest.
Arizona and Texas have, but not to the extent that UCLA has.
To date, among his favorites, UCLA is the only school to have offered him a scholarship.
Despite all the rumors that Erik Lorig, the 6-4, 250-pound athlete from Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula, had committed to Cal, I've heard from a pretty good source that it's not true.
As of Sunday night, Lorig told someone close to him that he is still undecided.
It's apparently still between UCLA and Cal, though.
We now know it's official -- what we reported recently -- that running back Jason Harrison will transfer.
Also, linebacker Fred Holmes suffered a deep thigh contusion last December in practice and is questionable for winter practice.
Chris Horton is still experiencing pain in his foot and has sat out some of the off-season drills to hopefully be prepared to participate in winter practice.
I got my first look of walk-on running back Ryen Carew Thursday, and he certainly passes the eyeball test. He's about 5-11 to 6-0 and very well put-together. In high school he was particularly fast, so he has now become one of the biggest curiosities, in my opinion, heading into winter practice.
Given that UCLA has only two more rides to offer in the classes of 2006 and 2007, I wonder whether or not you think any of the following local players should be offered by the Bruins sooner rather than later: -
Taylor Harrison (junior) -- No. I don't think he should be offered yet. If UCLA offered him, he could commit, and he's not good enough to take a commitment from yet when you have a chance with guys who are better prospects.
Derrick Jasper (junior) -- It's uncertain whether UCLA even wants to take a wing in this class. If someone emerges that's a truly elite prospect they probably will. UCLA will get a good look at Jasper by spring and if he does step up to that caliber I think UCLA offering him then would be appropriate.
Kenny Lawson (junior) Not a good enough prospect at this point to offer, and potential academic snags.
Blake Wallace (junior) -- Not good enough prospect to ffer yet.
Andreas Schreiber (junior). Same
Omondi Amoke (sophomore) -- Possibly by this spring/summer.
Tyrone Shelley (sophomore) - Possibly by this spring or summer, but would have to prove he was on elite level and clear initial look at his academics.
Chace Stanback (sophomore) Same.
Drew Viney (sophomore). Same.
For sophomores, you really don't offer them unless they are clearly elite prospects. We project all of these guys to be high majors right now, but they might not be. UCLA isn't falling behind by any means by not offering them.
(Note: For this question I assumed that offers have been to Budinger, Carlwell, Deane, Hawes, Hall, Herzog, Johnson, Lewis, Lopez twins, Love, Singler, and Stepheson and are already out there but may not be accepted. If any of these players has not been offered then they would be included in the group pending in the first paragraph.)
To my knowledge, they haven't offered Carlwell, Johnson or Singler.
And the same explanation applies to them.
According to sources, Erik Lorig, the 6-4, 250-pound tight end/athlete from Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula, has narrowed his choices down to UCLA and Cal.
He is expected to make his decision "soon."
Ben Olson, UCLA's newest quarterback, is already enrolled and going through the off-season workouts.
In fact, I've heard that he's looked impressive in the throwing drills. He is, of course, rusty and still not famiiar with the offense, but he has impressed with his arm strength and smooth throwing motion.
We're pretty certain UCLA likes Daniel Deane, the 6-7 power forward from Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial, quite a bit.
There are other prospects I'd prefer for UCLA personally, though.
Deane is a 6-7 post player who is limited athletically. He is tough, and that's what I think UCLA likes about him.
But UCLA needs a true center.
Now, if UCLA doesn't get a true center type I'd take Deane.
So, really, I like the fact that Deane is looking for early playing time. It will probably make UCLA far less attractive to him.-- Tracy Pierson
UCLA will get a standout linebacker as a walk on next fall.
Trevor "Moose" Theriot, 6-1, 225, Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor, decided lat week to walk on at UCLA.
Theriot received numerous accolades so far this season. He earned all-CIF Division VI Offensive Player of the Year, League MVP as a running back, rushing for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns.
He was offered a scholarship by San Jose State.
His father is Brian Theriot, a former track star at UCLA in the late '70s.
It is also planned that Ryen Carew, a 5-11, 190-pound running back from Verdugo Hills, Calif. will walk on this fall.
Carew was considered one of the best running back prospects in the SoCal area in 2003. He led the City Section in rushing in 2002, his junior season, at Sylmar, when he gained 2,095 yard and scored 21 touchdowns. Carew then had a falling out with Sylmar's head coach, and transferred to Verdugo Hills. He was offered by Colorado, and recruited by Cal at one point, but due to unknown issues, his recruitment dried up.
He has sat out a year and now it is planned for him to walk on at UCLA this fall.
Carew has good moves and exceptional speed.
Walk-ons, of course, are not bound by a National Letter of Intent. It is not always guaranteed that they'll walk on where they have indicated until they actually are enrolled.