Bruins Return to Field

The football team came back to practice Monday after taking the weekend off from the field. The team looked sharper, and the injury picture is looking clearer...

Marcus Reese practiced Tuesday, lightly. He was also outfitted with the new helmet called the "Revolution" by helmet manufacturer Riddell. It is supposed to reduce the risk of concussion with better protection, particularly on the side of the helmet. Even though most helmet brands look the same, the Revolution looks particularly different. It has a raised ridge on the top that is marked with some air holes, and the ridge extends down to the side of helmet to the jaw, providing more cushion.

Reese has said as late as last week that he wouldn't ever switch to the new helmet. He was seen Monday at practice sporting it.

Craig Bragg practiced Monday, and looked like he was close to being back to full speed.

Shane Lehmann and Blane Kezirian practiced, but they're considered questionable for Saturday's game.

Out are Keith Carter and Pat Norton, both due to sprained ankles.

C.J. Niusulu, the true freshman defensive tackle, underwent surgery to remove torn cartilage from his knee. He's expected to be out three to four weeks, which almost guarantee that he'll redshirt.

After practice, Head Coach Bob Toledo commented on his concern that this team is pretty youthful, with as many as 19 players possibly making their debut on Saturday. Toledo said that ten redshirt freshman will play in the game (including those from the two-deep and special teams), and said that 9 true freshmen could play.

The concern for Toledo is compounded by the fact that Colorado State already has two games under its belt. The UCLA coaches and players vary on whether they consider having not played a game – compared to Colorado State having played two – is an advantage or a disadvantage.

True freshman quarterback Matt Moore returned to practice Monday.

After taking the weekend off from the practice field, the team returned Monday and looked sharper. Cory Paus was throwing well, hitting receivers on the numbers and looking like he's getting his timing down even better with his targets. Drew Olson, though, continued to struggle a bit Monday, as he had toward the end of last week. He's still very good at executing short passes, but has had a hard time hitting his receivers on deeper patterns. Toledo will stick to the plan and play Olson on an unknown amount of series during the Colorado State game. Toledo said he hasn't determined in what situation Olson would play.

John Sciarra continues to look improved. He threw perhaps the second best behind Paus on Monday.

The receivers looked good Monday. With everyone healthy, they are particularly deep and talented, with Tab Perry, Craig Bragg, Ryan Smith, Garrett Lepisto, Junior Taylor and Jon Dubravac all healthy and ready to play.

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