Neuheisel on Wednesday

Head Coach Rick Neuheisel talked about practice Wednesday, about how Patrick Cowan has been acting as a "big brother" to Kevin Craft, a couple of special teams standouts, and why the seniors on this year's team are "great Bruins"...

Rick Neuheisel spoke after Wednesday's practice:

"Another good practice, as you would expect for a big game like this. Guys are into it. The pads are cracking. And I was pleased with the effort. Hopefully it will translate to a great effort and performance on Saturday."

Why did players wear shorts today?

"We've been banging a lot. And it's the time of year where you try to make sure you save your energy for Saturday."

Did Brian Price injure his hamstring?

"No, no. Brian's fine. He had a little bit of a stomach disorder, but he's fine."

How pleased are you with kicker Kai Forbath?

"Kai's been terrific. He's been very solid, I think the last kick he missed was at Oregon. He's been very valuable and we're excited that he's going to be back. I think he's as good as there is in the country."

Can you talk about Pat Cowan helping to tutor quarterback Kevin Craft?

"I think it's neat when players bond like that. Patrick obviously has a background at playing the position and playing in this environment and in this particular game. To take (Craft) under his shoulder, and to be that guy who can understand both the pros and the negatives, I think is terrific. You'd like for all your players to have a big brother, so to speak, to kind of nurse them along and keep them motivated. I'm elated that Patrick has done that for us, and I still think he's going to get a chance to play some football down the road."

Is it better too in a situation like this where he went through it in 2006?

"Yeah, obviously when you're getting ready to climb a mountain you'd like to talk to someone who has climbed it before. Patrick is someone who has done that; he led this team to a victory just two years ago. I think it's very valuable."

How has Glenn Love performed on special teams?

"Glenn has been terrific all year on special teams. We give a game-ball out when we win, and two of the four wins he's won the special teams game ball. He's a high-effort guy and he's strong. He uses his length to try to create some separation where some smaller guys are trying to block him. Like many of our players, he's very young, and I think the future is very bright for him."

What will this game be like for your seniors?

"Hopefully a memory for a lifetime. When you come to UCLA, this is a game you look forward to. They've been terrific, and they've been through a lot with all the coaching transitions. It's not been the kind of year that we all hoped for, so this is the last time we get to come together, but I will be forever be thankful for their leadership and their perseverance and their ability to weather whatever kind of storm came their way. I will always regard them as great Bruins."

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