Practice Notes & Dorrell on Video

The team has a playful practice Monday, with players switching positions, such as defensive linemen working out as receivers. Head Coach <b>Karl Dorrell</b> talks after practice on video...

With winter practice almost over, the UCLA coaches opted for a lighter, more playful and very spirited practice Monday.

The first four periods of the practice were fairly conventional, but then practice departed from its normal routine.

In the next period, players changed position stations. Defensive linemen worked out as wide receivers, the defensive backs and kickers worked as offensive linemen, quarterbacks and linebackers went through running back drills, offensive linemen did defensive back drills and running backs went through the linebacker workout.

It made for some interesting sites, such as Kyle Morgan catching a pass, or Ed Blanton backpedaling like a cornerback.

In the next period, the role reversal continued. There was a one-on-one passing drill, but offensive skill players worked as defensive backs, and the DBs were receivers. The drill was highlighted by Eric McNeal putting a nice juke on Marcedes Lewis to get free for a post. There was also a one-on-one line drill, with the offensive line stepping over to the defensive side of the line of scrimmage, and the d-line becoming offensive linemen.

Practice was capped off with a Bruin Ball tournament. Bruin Ball is a competition that is one part tag football and one part ultimate frisbee. Each side lines up 10 players and the offense tries to advance the ball by running and passing down the field, regardless of the line of scrimmage. The squad was divided into four teams, and they played it off, with the ultimate champ being excused from morning weight lifting, which was a huge motivation. While we didn't pay too close attention, it did seem like Eric McNeal was the MVP of Bruin Ball for the day, with good mobility and passing ability.

Watching practice -- or whatever it was -- today were a few prospects, including OL/DL Sean Sheller, 6-5, 260, Walnut (Calif.) High, and Travon Patterson, the 5-10 wide receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.

Head Coach Karl Dorrell answers questions after Monday's practice.



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