Thursday Notes and Video

Kevin Brown, who recovered from an ankle injury that ended his season a year ago, goes down Thursday with an injury to the other ankle. The defense is looking consistently solid, and many of the injured made it back to practice, or at least to being dressed out. Karl Dorrell talks on video after practice...

Many of the injured made it back to practice Thursday.

The most signficant was defensive end Nikola Dragovic who Head Coach Karl Dorrell said earlier in the week looked to be out for Saturday's scrimmage with an injured hamstring. He practiced fully Thursday.

Defensive end Bruce Davis returned, to what looked like limited action.

Receiver Brandon Breazell sat a good majority of practice, still nursing a hip flexor.

Receiver Gavin Ketchum and fullback Michael Pitre dressed but didn't see action.

Karl Dorrell talks more about the injured in his post-practice video interview below, including the injury to defensive tackle Kevin Brown.

Update as of Thursday evening:Brown had an x-ray on his ankle and they were negative. He is day-to-day and the injury isn't considered serious.

With Brown getting injured, it's particularly noteworthy that the other projected starting DT, Brigham Harwell, was again held out of practice for a calf injury.

Cornerback Rodney Van took off the red, no-hit jersey today, and had one of the best days of any defensive back in fall camp. He made a number of break-ups, including a really difficult one on Terrence Austin on a well-thrown ball by Ben Olson. Van also picked Olson in the 7-on-7.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Reggie Carter, who is playing weakside and strongside, has put together a couple of good days. He penetrated on one running play and threw the running back to the ground with force.

The best hit of the day goes to Korey Bosworth, who popped Austin on a punt return.

In terms of the quarterbacks, neither had excellent days, but Olson fared better than Cowan, who was off on some of his throws. Cowan did make one particularly good throw on a crossing pattern to Matt Willis, who has been seeing a lot of balls thrown his way.

It wasn't a particularly good day for the receivers -- perhaps the worst day of the dropsies yet in fall camp. On successive reps Dominique Johnson, Terrence Austin, Junior Taylor and Bobby Whithorne all dropped balls that hit them in the hands. There seemed to be as many receivers on the ground doing push-ups as there were in the lines sometimes.

Generally the defense has looked solid in the last few days, with players filling their assignments and making sure tackles.

UCLA announced that there will be a $16-million renovation of the Rose Bowl, which will specifically improve the team's locker room and the media room.

Jeff Davis (aka smilingjeffrey) provides us an excellent detailed practice report.

Dorrell's Post-Practice Comments -- Watch Video

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