Report on Spring Game

As we've come to expect, the defense dominated the offense in the Spring Game Friday night. Both quarterbacks struggled to move the ball, but the O's struggles could be because UCLA's D might be one of the best in the land. An out-of-state recruit makes another appearance at UCLA's spring practice...

Just as expected, the Bruins defense dominated the spring game on Friday night.

The offense struggled to move the ball against both the first- and second-team "D" and did not get in the end zone until the ball was moved to the 20-yard line to start a series.

The defense showed their experience and depth, consistently getting pressure on the quarterbacks and getting solid coverage on the receivers downfield. They racked up seven sacks for a total loss of 38 yards and limited the running game to mostly short gains.

Ben Olson, who mostly led the first-team offense against the second-team "D," was the better of the two quarterbacks, completing 7-16 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Although most of this productivity was during the red zone part of the scrimmage, Olson did make some nice plays. He threw for an 18-yard connection while rolling to his left to Marcus Everett in the back of the end zone and also a 14-yarder to Logan Paulsen to get close to the goal line.

Pat Cowan was not as efficient butting heads against the first team "D" and was forced to scramble outside the pocket much of the scrimmage. He completed 4-13 passes for 22 yards and two interceptions, including a pick on his first attempt that was returned 30-yards for a touchdown by Dennis Keyes. His second interception was a pass that could have been caught by tight end Adam Heater but Christian Taylor picked off the deflection.

Kahlil Bell was the lead running back for the first-team offense and had a pair of touchdown runs, including a 2-yard leap over the pile near the end of scrimmage.

On defense, Trey Brown and the secondary shut down the receivers for the most part and drew some "oohs" from the crowd on several big hits. Alterraun Verner made a couple of textbook tackles in the open field and Chris Horton made a handful of hard-hitting plays.

Defensive end Bruce Davis looked like he was starting from the offense's backfield on most plays he penetrated so well. Linebacker Reggie Carter was all over the field and splittin blockers to make tackles.

Among the 2s on defense, linebackers Kyle Bosworth and Shawn Otis, and defensive end Reginald Stokes were active and made plays.

But maybe the biggest highlight reel play of the night came by third-string quarterback Osaar Rasshan. On third and 8, Rasshan scrambled to his right and back to his left across the field, juking two guys, running for an 18-yard gain and drawing one of the biggest applauses of the night.

Rasshan also threw a nice fade cornere route in the end zone to Dominque Johnson, but had two ugly fumbles in the open field.

On special teams, punter Aaron Perez had some long-hanging, good-looking punts. Kicker Kai Forbath was two for three on field goals, missing one from short range, with a long of 27. Walk-on kicker Jimmy Rotstein was 3-3 with a long of 34 yards.


Ben Olson 7 of 16, 84 yards, TD (Should be 1 TD, 1 INT)
Patrick Cowan 4 of 13, 27 yards, 2 INTs
Khalil Bell 13 carries, 40 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches, 15 yards
Chane Moline 12 carries, 26 yards
Marcus Everett 2 catches, 20 yards, TD
Adam Heater 2 catches, 20 yards
Logan Paulsen 2 catches, 19 yards

Injuries seen:

RB Ryen Carew injured his shoulder and was later in a sling with ice.

Back-up linebacker Fred Holmes was visibly limping.

Recruits in attendance that are committed 2007 players:

Raymond Carter, RB
Brian Price, DT

Committed 2008 players:

Damien Holmes, DE
Rahim Moore, DB
Datone Jones, DE
Johnathan Franklin, RB-ATH
E.J. Woods, S
Aaron Hester, CB
Anthony Dye, CB
Antwon Moutra, WR

2007 Prospects:

Covaghn Deboskie, RB from Arizona
Ryan Griffin, QB
Dominique Blackman, QB
Ryan Katz, QB
Kevin Murphy, OL

The fact that Deboskie, a big target that UCLA has offered, made the trip to come to the spring game, his second visit out for UCLA's spring practices, is signficant.


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