Report/Video on Saturday's Practice

The two quarterbacks look very good Saturday, and a couple of wide receivers make big plays, while the two starting cornerbacks also look good. Head Coach Karl Dorrell also talks on video after practice...

Both quarterbacks Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan are spinning the ball really well in the first few days of winter practice. In fact, it could be the best beginning of any spring/winter practice for two quarterbacks in the time we've been publishing BRO.

Olson, who has gone back to the number he had in high school, #7 (David Koral had it last season), had a number of excellent throws consecutively in the one-on-ones. Olson hit Brandon Breazell on a post, and Breazell made the catch of the day, a one-handed grab around his defender. On the next throw from Olson, he hit Jamil Turner on a post, and Turner showed the hands he's been hyped to have. He's not speedy, but he does have very good hands. Olson then hit Matt Willis over-the-shoulder on another nice long ball.

A few other notable moments:

-- Running back Derrick Williams went off tackle, made a nice move to the outside and ran for about 40 yards.

-- Cornerback Trey Brown stepped in front of a Ben Olson pass on a slant to make a nice interception.

-- Brown and Rodney Van, the two first-string cornerbacks at this point, look good, with Van having one particularly nice break-up on a quick hitch where he showed his quickness in closing.

-- Turner caught a ball from redshirt freshman quarterback Osaar Rasshan up the sideline for a nice gain. Rasshan has shown some improvement, but his throwing motion is still raw, and it causes him to still not be very accurate or get enough on his throws at times.

-- Olson hit Marcus Everett up the sideline on a streak for about 40 yards.

-- Christian Taylor, who's working as the #1 middle linebacker, stepped in front of a pass for a near interception.

There was a clinic for high school coaches put on by the UCLA staff today, so there were many high school coaching staffs and players at practice.

Among the committed players were Terrence Austin, Al Verner, Dominique Johnson, Sean Sheller and Tobi Umodu.

Guys from the 2007 class:

Raymond Carter, Crenshaw RB
Brian Price, Crenshaw DT
Bryshon Nellum, Long Beach Poly WR/DB
Joey Redding, Long Beach Poly WR
Tonio Celloto, Royal DT
Shane Vereen, Valence RB/DB
Brandon Thigpen, Rancho Verde, DB


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