Head Coach Karl Dorrell's opening statement:
"Not really a whole lot new to report, other than going through camp and
you're doing the normal camp stuff. We did some situational things today with
some backed up offense and defense and some last minute plays on offense to try
to score. They did those things pretty well. I know they are getting a little
tired and fatigued and that's part of camp. It starts to not only physically
wear on you but it's also the mental side that causes you not to want to do
things a certain way when you don't feel so well. But these guys are pushing
through it pretty good. It was a good hard day's work today. We'll get some good
meetings tomorrow, we'll get ourselves freshened up and get ready for some
special teams scrimmages and some regular offense-defense scrimmages on
Saturday. So tomorrow we'll taper back a little bit and see what they can do
Saturday. We're pleased with what we have been able to accomplish."
Has any decision been made about injured players participating in the scrimmage?
"We'll wait and see; that's still day-to-day. Michael Pitre is the
one that comes to mind, he did the individual drills, which we wanted him to do
today, and they wanted to ice him down just like he did yesterday. We may play
it smart and not scrimmage him at all. He's the one guy we might just decide to
sit out. The other injured guys will not be scrimmaging. You saw with the rookie
period today -- we're trying to get them caught up for Saturday, so they had an
extra period today. We're all looking forward to Saturday. we'll let those guys
turn it loose and see if they can make some plays."
Is it a luxury having two experienced quarterbacks in camp?
"It's a pretty good luxury. It's fortunate to have two quarterbacks
that have played and can engineer your offense. Both are very competitive guys
and both of them want to be the guy. It's a good situation for UCLA. If you ask
either one of them they think that they should be the guy, but they know that
their feelings aren't more important than the team. That's what I really respect
about both of them. they know it's about this team and they want to do their
roles as well as they can."
What are the expectations of the defense compared to last year's?
"Same expectations. We felt we were going to surprise some people a
year ago and we made a big jump. Given the experience back there are
expectations they have placed on themselves about being a great defense. They
get mad when the offense makes a play on them. They expect to shut them down
every play and that's hard to do. But it's the attitude I like. So they have a
chip on their shoulder about going out and performing and what they expect to
be. We expect ourselves to be a pretty good defense."
Does it make it any easier on the fourth down scenarios knowing you have such a good defense?
I don't know if that makes it any easier. Sometimes those scenarios are real tough when you make those calls. But it is comforting to know that you have a defense that can defend well and can defend all the teams in this conference that we play. It is reassuring that we have a good backbone, but fourth down calls, it just depends on what they are and what type of game it is. You can't just put it all on the defense."
[Note: A reporter from the state of Oregon was at practice, so he asked
some questions in relation to the Oregon schools.]
What are your thoughts on Oregon?
"We expect pretty much the same type of team. They are a talented
football team and they have tremendous skill. We expect the same thing again
with that type of offense. And they have always had a pretty good defense. They
have some really good defensive line and secondary guys. I know they had a young
secondary last year, so those guys are back. They're going to be a very good
football team, just like a lot of teams in this conference. That game is going
to be a big, big challenge."
"They had a great year. It was good to see that team really
develop themselves. I think they won ten games. It was a big, big year for
Oregon State. Matt Moore finished his career with a win. And they have a lot of
those players back. I know they have a new quarterback, but pretty much everyone
around the quarterback is back. And their defense is intact too, so they're
going to be a pretty good team, just like Oregon. Both those teams are very,
very strong. It's going to be a tremendous challenge for us to play up there in
Did it give you any satisfaction to see Matt finish strong?
"It did. I wished him well even when he left here. I'm glad that his
career ended on a positive note. He's a good kid and a very competitive player,
and he still has an opportunity to play at the professional level."
You had a great defensive performance with Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis dominating last year against Oregon State...
"That was last year. We don't have Justin anymore, but we still have
Bruce. That was when we started to play really well, but that's all last year's
stuff and that can't do anything for us now. And this team knows that we have to
prove ourselves every step of the way."