Football News & Notes

The starting quarterback position is up for grabs between UCLA's two true freshman quarterbacks; Tyler Ebell closes in on a record, and an injury report...

Head Coach Bob Toledo indicated that both freshmen quarterbacks, Drew Olson and Matt Moore, would split the reps in practice before he decided later in the week which would start Saturday in Seattle against Washington. "It will be 50-50," he said. Toledo said that Olson was physically ready to go on Saturday against Stanford, but they chose to go with the quarterback who had had the most reps in practice during the week, and to not risk another injury to Olson's shoulder. In his comments in his press conference, though, Toledo seemed to indicate that, if Olson were completely healthy, he would have the edge. But then, later at practice, Moore appeared to be getting more of an emphasis than Olson, working with the first string first. It very well could have been a small issue of hierarchy since Moore was last week's starter and did in fact led the team to a win. Both quarterbacks looked fairly good, even though Olson looked a bit rusty. Concerning who might be the primary quarterback for the rest of the season, Toledo said, "Both will end up playing the rest of the year."

In practice, John Sciarra got a few reps, but most of them went to Moore and Olson.

Josh Roenicke, the walk-on wide receiver who originally came to UCLA as a walk-on quarterback, worked out with the quarterbacks in practice Monday. He joined walk-on Brian Callahan in running the scout team.

Matt Ware saw limited action in practice Monday, nursing a sore right ankle. He said he expected to be back fully by Tuesday's practice.

Manuel White is described as being "out" for this Saturday, still nursing a strained hamstring.

Ben Emanuel practiced Monday with the first team, showing no ill effects of his injury Saturday.

Jibril Raymo is expected to play this week.

Rodney Leisle, Matt Clark and, of course, Cory Paus are out for Saturday.

Tyler Ebell is 71 yards away from setting the UCLA all-time freshman running back record. He currently has 632 yards for the season, trailing only DeShaun Foster, who ran for 673 as a freshman in 1998 and Eric Ball, who gained 703 in 1985. He's already surpassed some pretty notable names on the list: Shawn Wills (1988), Skip Hicks (1993) and Gaston Green (1984). Foster, Wills, Hicks and Green were all true freshmen.

If you just count the games that he actually had a starter's amount of carries, Tyler Ebell would be leading the Pac-10 in rushing, by a wide margin. Ebell, in 8 games, is averaging 79 yards a game. But in his last four he's averaging 146 yards a game. Oregon's Onterrio Smith leads the conference with an average of 126.9 yards per game.

Washington is second-to-last in rushing offense in the Pac-10, averaging 79.5 yards per game on the ground. Washington, though, is #1 in the Pac-10 in rushing defense, allowing only 79.2 yards per game.

UCLA leads the Pac-10 in pass defense, allowing only 184 yards per game through the air. The Bruins are second in total defense, giving up 326.6 yards a game overall.

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