Quartetback Kevin Prince took part in one period, but was held out of the rest of the afternoon practice to rest his shoulder/arm. He is expected to be a full-go for the Saturday scrimmage.
The Bruins worked in shells and were more crisp than in the morning when Coach Rick Neuheisel said that he was disappointed with the effort level. …
Kevin Craft, Richard Brehaut and Nick Crissman took reps with the No. 1 offense. Craft made a nice throw to tight end Cory Harkey, but came back later and made a poor decision on a throw that resulted in an interception that went right to cornerback Andrew Abbott.
Crissman got to run the final period, a two-minute drill in which the offense needed to score a touchdown. It didn't end very well.
The redshirt freshman quarterback hit Ryan Moya and Nelson Rosario on consecutive passes to get a first down, but then was sacked, forcing the Bruins to call a timeout to stop the clock and Neuheisel to issue a reminder to get rid of the ball, throw it away.
A pass to Randall Carroll gained nine yards and on the next play Crissman was able to elude Brian Price and find Terrence Austin down field for a 24-yard gain.
The Bruins spiked the ball to kill the clock and set up one final play.
Crissman threw into the end zone, trying to hit Rosaio, but the receiver let corner Alterraun Verner get underneath and the drive ended with an interception.
Tony Dye returned to team drills and was taking reps at strong safety with the No. 1 defense.
Here is Neuheisel after the session:
‘'This was a good practice. I liked it. We shortened it because obviously we were sensing as we watched the tape some dead legs and got to get a little spark, save them a little bit for tomorrow night. They'll feel energized tomorrow night with people in the stands, but it was I thought a wise decision to get out of the practice what we needed but still feel like we we're out here forever. I'm pleased with where we are and the difficult thing about losing guys like (Reggie) Stokes and losing guys like Chinny (Anyanwu) and losing guys like Jerzy just for the time being and Jess Ward just for the time being, those are difficult things for our defense. But it forces other guys to get some measure of experience should disaster strike during the course of the year. We have to look at this as a positive even though it's tough sledding right now for that second ‘D.' But things are moving along well.''
Were you encouraged by seeing Christian Ramirez out here?
‘'Yeah. He's just dealing with some tightness. We've had a lot of that, but a lot of that is being dead-legged, too. We'll get through it. We'll get through it and be fine.''
You mentioned the other guys, but this is two days in a row Korey Bosworth hasn't been out there...
‘'We're nursing him. He's just got a little hip flexor and I don't want it to flare up and become something that's nagging. We know he can play. He won't play tomorrow night. Jerzy won't play tomorrow night. We'll limit some of the other guys on the team as to how much they take. We know guys can play. This is an opportunity to find out who needs to get more chances to play.''
Will Kevin (Prince) be limited?
‘'I think Kevin will be full go. This was just precautionary, the old tired, sore. Let's go get it again tomorrow. Nothing like a day off.''
The guys that took over for Chinonso Anyanwu and the other guys...
‘'They're stepping up, but there's lots to learn and it's just going to take time. It's like anybody else. The Keenan Grahams, the Iuta Tepas...Iuta has been out but he's back now, so hopefully we'll get him some reps tomorrow and we'll get a chance to watch him play. Those are exciting things for a coach.''
Excited to see if the offense can run tomorrow?
‘'Yeah. That's an important barometer, especially against our first defense. We'll see how that goes, see if we can feel like we're one step better.''
How many plays?
‘'I'm hoping we can get somewhere between 80 and 90, because we need them. We haven't done a whole bunch of tackle to the ground stuff. Our defense needs to get guys on the ground.''
Will there be special teams work as well?
‘'Yeah, we'll have probably 15 kicks. We're going to try to do the punts and the field goals within the framework of the game and then we'll try to do some kickoff and kickoff return and some breaks.''
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