Recap From Saturday Practice

An injury to one of the senior leaders of the offense put a damper on the first extended scrimmage of spring practice. Head coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow talked following the Saturday scrimmage...

UCLA tight end Logan Paulsen went down early in the Bruins' scrimmage with an injury to his right foot – the same foot in which he suffered a fracture a year ago in the season-opening victory over Tennessee. He was taken for X-rays, which were inconclusive for a fracture, and a team official said he would undergo additional tests if he continues to have pain in his foot.

That put more of a damper on an offense that struggled through a rough scrimmage and was dominated in stretches, particularly up front. End Datone Jones had two sacks, tackle Brian Price had one, as did Justin Edison, Reggie Stokes and Akeem Ayers.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince said the Bruins lacked enthusiasm and motivation, which has to be a little troubling considering it was their first extended scrimmage and there was a nice crowd at Spaulding Field and watching from surrounding parking decks.

Prince completed 8 for 14 passes for 91 yards, most coming on short passes. Freshman Richard Brehaut hit 6 of 13 passes for 61 yards with the No. 2 offense and senior Kevin Craft was 3 of 6 for 25 yards with one interception.

A bright spot on offense was running back Jonathan Franklin, who had nine plays for 45 yards including a 5-yard touchdown when running with the No. 2 offense.

Before and after that touchdown, though, the Bruins' offense never made it into the red zone when starting from the 35, the 40 or midfield.

Aundre Dean and Milton Knox both carried the ball seven times, for 19 and 18 yards. Derrick Coleman rushed five times for 13 yards and Raymond Carter had two carries for a minus-1 yard.

Nelson Rosario led the receivers with three catches for 53 yards, whole tight end Jeff Miller had three receptions for 24 yards and Dominique Johnson had three for 14 yards.

Paulsen was injured on a 19-yard reception from Prince, crossing the field.

He pulled up before reaching the sideline, hopping out of bounds and went immediately to the ground where he was tended to by trainers.

Several recruits were on hand as well, including Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser defensive end Josh Shirley, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw linebacker Hayes Pullard, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser running back Anthony Brown, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne cornerback Bryan Douglas and Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) athlete Greg Watson.

Here are some comments from Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow …

Rick Neuheisel Opening Statement:
‘'I'm just hopeful that Logan is OK. It's scary. He's going to have X rays so hopefully we'll get good news. But other than that I thought it was really good. The defense controlled the line of scrimmage, which is why they controlled the scrimmage most of the day. Offensively we have got to get better at the line of scrimmage if we're going to be a better football team. I thought some bright spots just from my vantage point were Jonathan Franklin, I thought he did a nice job. At times, Nelson Rosario, has proved that he can make plays and so forth. We're going to develop this thing, and it's great guys are getting chances and so forth. We'll get to the end of spring and make some decisions and we'll start in the fall knowing who we're going with.''

Did Prince have the same sort of zip on his passes?
‘'I didn't notice any lack of velocity in his ball. I told him that he's got to be completely honest with us in terms of is it sore or is it not sore. He says it feels fine, so I don't think that was the issue. I think it was just pressure, was the issue. I mean, pressure from the pass rush.''

Any movement in the competition?
‘'Nope. We're going to keep getting as many guys as many chances as we can and we'll make our decisions when we have to.''

With Franklin, is he a guy who can carry a heavy load?
‘'Well, I mean, we're still hopeful that we're going to get a lot out of Christian Ramirez and I think Derrick Coleman has proven himself. But he offers a nice little change of pace. And I thought Milton (Knox) did some good things. It's a fun competition to watch.''

How did Brehaut do today?
‘'Brehaut does some nice things. You've got to remember, he hasn't been to three weeks of class yet. But he's an interesting guy to watch as it keeps going on and develops. I think he's got a bright, bright future.''

How about David Carter?
‘'David Carter made some big plays and like I said, I think our defensive line dominated the play up front, at least from my vantage point. I'll be anxious to watch the tape, but it appeared that way to me.''

Any update on Damien Holmes?
‘'He has an AC sprain (shoulder). He got it the other day in pass rush. I don't know if we'll get him back for spring, but he did a lot of good things in the time he was out here so he'll be counted on in the fall.''

Forcier was back today …
‘'He still just linger effects. I think he's taking a mono test. Hopefully th at will come out negative and we'll get him back and kind of going.''

Happy to see Aundre Dean run hard with the third team?
‘'Yeah, and he ran with the second team there at the end, too. We're trying to get these guys as many chances as we can so that we can make the best evaluation possible.''

Norm Chow:
Your assessment?
‘'Let me go look at the tape. I was so busy trying to get guys in the right spots and all, I don't know. But it was hard. Brian (Price) is a load an d we weren't blocking him very well. I don't know. I'll have to look at the tape. I hardly watch them play. I was disappointed we didn't move the ball better. We ran the ball OK. We'll have to see.''

What did you think of Brehaut?
‘'He's overwhelmed right now. You know, we've given him so much stuff and we haven't slowed down. He knows it, we all know it. But he's hung in well. He turned one time, he went the wrong way and stuff like that. I told him that when we say right, we mean this arm, not that arm.''

What type of ways can you use Jonathan Franklin?
He might be the No. 1 running back. We'll have to see.''

Does he have the size to carry that kind of load?
‘'He's 200 pounds, 198 or something, and he's fearless. He had a nice day. You know, you always have to learn to pass protect and once they learn how to do that they'll be fine.''

Do you see that in him?
‘'Assignment wise, he has a way to go. But he did a nice job today. We kind of did that on purpose, tried to give him some carries and get him tired and winded to see if he can do it and he did a nice job.''

Prince said that he felt he didn't do a good job motivating the offense …
‘'I don't think anyone did. I was disappointed. I think Logan's injury put a little downer on everything because he's such a leader for us. But, yeah, probably. He is a leader, and he needs to … Our problem is were so young. We're so young, we don't have that senior leadership that we can rely on and that's what we need to build. When you're struggling like we were today, that's when you need people to step up.''

That senior leadership, doesn't that go to the quarterback?
"Yeah, it has to go to somebody. What, we have Logan, we have Terrence Austin, we have Nick Ekbatani. They're not real vocal people, just by personality. But we'll be all right. We've got to just find it.''

Overall, was it disappointing?
‘'No, no, it was encouraging. We've had a good seven days of practice. I think we have made a lot of improvement, a lot of improvement strength wise. We just have to keep going. I haven't seen the numbers, but I think we threw a couple of interceptions and that's not good."


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