Perhaps the biggest news was the possibility of former UCLA and NFL coach Jon Embree being hired as a graduate assistant.
That's right, the former NFL coach might join th staff as a GA.
He still has some time left on his NFL contract, so he'll be paid well.
The only snag could potentially be if he can get into graduate school at UCLA. But I have it on pretty good authority that it's a good bet it will happen.
Chris Forcier, the quarterback who had been interested in transferring from UCLA, participated in practice and worked as a wide receiver.
As planned, redshirt freshman Kevin Prince and true freshman Richard Brehaut took most of the quarterback snaps. Prince, installed as first string, had a decent performance for his first day, generally throwing well until the 7-on-7. In that drill, he made a few bad decisions and threw a couple of wobblers. But for a first day of practice, by a quarterback who is new to the first-string role, Prince did well. He looks bigger physically, with more muscle in his upper body, and even slightly taller, if that's possible. He moved well and threw the ball well on the run.
Brehaut, as you would expect, struggled. He looks fairly small out there, about 6-1, but well put-together. He threw some good balls, but also some others that weren't so good. In an early walk-through, it didn't take ten minutes until Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow scolded him for not knowing what he was doing. Perhaps a bit harsh for a 18-year-old kid who had to memorize a 100-page playbook in three days, but welcome to college football.
Kevin Craft got third-string reps, and looked about like he did in November.
Nick Crissman, throwing the ball for the first time in a while, looked shaky.
A few things that caught our eye:
-- Receiver Terrence Austin looks like he's gained some muscle and had some good explosion off the line.
-- Freshman Morrell Presley lined up all over the field – at wide out, in the slot, in tight and in the backfield even.
-- Looking very impressive was senior tight end Logan Paulsen. He looks to already be a favorite target of Prince's.
-- Defensively, freshman Aaron Hester is getting the first look at the open cornerback spot and, physically, he's very impressive, looking almost like the size of a linebacker. He had a couple of good reps in coverage.
-- Linebacker Akeem Ayers looks like he's retained his quickness while appearing all of that reported 255 pounds.
Branden Warner, the JC defensive tackle who is committed to UCLA, expects to enroll by June.