Report on Friday's Practice & Video

Head Coach Karl Dorrell talks at length after Friday's practice, mostly about the quarterback competition. A few players look to be recovering well from injuries as the team has its first closed-to-the-public practice at Spaulding Field...

With the UCLA football practices now closed and the team in game preparation there are far less details we can provide about practice.

Today's practice was in shells, after doing a mock game at the Rose Bowl Thursday.

Personnel Update:

Wesley Walker was dressed and ran lightly.

Rodney Van was in a red, no-hit jersey, due to his concussive symptoms.

Safety Chris Horton was at practice in a considerable cast on his right wrist.

Offensive lineman Chris Joseph, who looks to be slated to start at the weakside guard position, left practice twice today. He tweaked his knee, but UCLA says it isn't serious. It's the second time in a few days he has nicked his knee, but it was different knees.

Running back Derrick Williams returned to practice after his two week suspension, and looked healthy.

To find out more about the status of different players, listen to Head Coach Karl Dorrell's comments after practice linked at the bottom of this story.


Really the news is no news. Dorrell didn't name a starting quarterback today.

Senior quarterback Drew Olson said he was a "little frustrated" with the protracted decision, but also conceded that the coaching staff could be doing it for productive reasons, such as not to give San Diego State the knowledge this early.

It definitely looked like a game-preparation practice, with the walk-ons and third and fourth-stringers having donned their scout jerseys, the same numbers as the San Diego State players.

The first string generally went up against the scout team for most of practice. Both the offensive and defensive first string units didn't have a particularly good day, though. Marcedes Lewis made a great catch, in triple coverage. Receiver Joe Cowan was a standout, making numerous catches.

On defense, cornerback Michael Norris had an interception against Drew Olson, who had probably his worst day in the last week throwing the ball.

Interesting Note:

UCLA currently has just 78 scholarship players on the roster, and sources indicate that, as of now, they don't intend to give any scholarships to walk-ons for the season.

There aren't many walk-on seniors that will contribute significantly, traditionally the type of player who would earn a scholarship for one year before graduating.

Dorrell on 8/26 Practice #1 --

Dorrell on 8/26 Practice #2 --

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