At practice, the offense was dominant today, which is both good and bad. It's good that the offense fared well, but usually the defense should be ahead of the offense at this point so it could be viewed as a bad sign that the offense dominated the D today.
Probably contributing to it is the fact that the first-string d-line consists of three second-stringers at this point. Projected starters Kevin Brown, Nikola Dragovic, and Brigham Harwell are all working with the 2s.
The offense both threw and ran the ball well. Quarterback Ben Olson separated himself a bit today from Patrick Cowan. Olson threw the ball well, being very accurate in his throws and making quick decisions for the most part. Cowan had a few good moments and was probably better than he had been the last few days, but still wasn't at Olson's level. Third string QB Osaar Rasshan had one of his best practice days, throwing the ball considerably better and with more accuracy.
Cowan did connect with Ryan Graves on a crossing pattern which Graves took for probably 25 yards.
The starting O-line looks to be the same suspects. Weakside tackle Noah Sutherland looks to be one of the quickest tackles UCLA has had in a while.
Receiver Jamil Turner hasn't shown the quickness yet to really compete for time in the rotation. Corner Rodney Van easily stepped in front of Turner on an out for a pick. Freshman Terrence Austin didn't have a great day, dropping a number of balls. He had one rep where he made an exceptional move and Olson laid it out for him but he dropped it.
Alterraun Verner looks like the real deal at cornerback. In the 1-on-1s, he stayed stride for stride with Breazell, on a couple of reps. Safety Bret Lockett had a nice break-up on a ball thrown over the middle in the end zone.
Interestingly, there really aren't many battles for starting spots. Aaron Whittington worked with the 1s at weakside LB instead of Eric McNeal today, but didn't fare very well. It's probably pretty clear that Breazell will step into the flanker spot vacated by Joe Cowan because of his torn PCL.
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