VIDEO: Tuesday's Practice Report

Karl Dorrell talks after the first practice during bye week, and there are updates on the status of various players, including center Mike McCloskey, safety Chris Horton and quarterback Ben Olson...

-- Senior center Mike McCloskey sat out practice due to illness.

-- Running back Maurice Drew will miss practice this whole week. He'll attend his grandfather's funeral on Wednesday.

-- Matt Slater dressed, but still has the splint on his leg and did some light running.

-- Safety Chris Horton told us that he'll get an x-ray on Thursday and will see the doctor on Friday about the tests. He could, at that time, get the pins out of his fractured wrist. If so, Horton thought he'd be on schedule to return for the Cal game. If not, he thought it could take one more week to remove the pins and he foresaw a return by the Washington State game October 15th.

-- Quarterback Ben Olson still isn't 100% recovered from the fractured finger on his throwing hand, but he threw the ball quite a bit better Tuesday than he did last week. It's believed he'll be able to play by next Saturday against Washington.

-- Freshman linebacker John Hale continued to work with the ones Tuesday. Wesley Walker, the senior linebacker returning from a knee injury, worked both in individual and team drills as the fourth-string middle linebacker. Starting middle linebacker Justin London didn't participate in team drills, merely in an effort to keep him rested and healthy.

-- With receiver Junior Taylor gone for the season, UCLA will be looking to find another wideout for the rotation. It appeared Tuesday that walk-on Matt Willis might be the guy, since Willis had a good number of reps with the first-string offense. He took advantage of the opportunity, making a nice, leaping grab across the middle and then on another reception in the flat juking his defender to get loose up the sideline.

-- Some walk-on news: When the season started, the program could add more walk-ons, and a couple snuck by us since they were dressed in scout team jersey numbers for the last three weeks. But this week they're in their actual numbers so we can identify them.

Bobby Whithorne, the 6-2 receiver who received a scholarship to Washington out of Santa Margarita High School in 2003 after being the #78-ranked receiver in the country, is walking on to the squad. He's a redshirt junior.

Matt Caldwell, a 6-2, 190-pound defensive back, is from San Diego (Calif.) Helix, and reportedly Dorrell's nephew.

Karl Dorrell After Tuesday's Practice --



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