Neuheisel After Practice and Report

Kai Maiava and Brian Price returned to practice on a limited basis, and Kevin Prince has another mixed day. Rick Neuheisel talked after practice about the revenge factor for Tennessee, and Prince talked about the pressure of playing in front of 100,000 people...

Center Kai Maiava was back in practice after sitting out on Tuesday with a back problem. He took part in individual and most team periods and was held out late as a precaution. …
 
Defensive tackle Brian Price had a wrap on his right leg, but also was able to participate in some periods. …
 
Jeff Baca and freshman Stan Hasiak continue to split reps with the No. 1 offense at left guard. Baca also took some reps at center with the No. 2 offense. …
 
Safety Glenn Love (ankle) also practiced. …
 
Quarterback Kevin Prince made some nice throws in 7-on-7, but was not as sharp in team periods. In two-minute at the end of practice, he had a pass intercepted by cornerback Alterraun Verner and in a second try didn't get the No. 1 offense in position for a field goal…
 
He was hurt, however, by a bad drop by Nelson Rosario. …
 
The Bruins have been asked repeatedly this week about the environment at Tennessee, where more than 100,000 will be waiting for them at Neyland Stadium.
 
Prince was asked about the toughest environment he played in front of in high school.
 
He chuckled.
 
‘'I think the toughest environment I played in held like 6,000 people, so it's going to be a little different,'' he said. ‘'My junior year in high school when we played Notre Dame we had a bunch of people there, but it was at home. That was the most people I played in front of before college ... It's just another 100,000, not a big deal.''
 
The Bruins' quarterback won't be lacking confidence, though.
 
‘'I'm not going to change anything. Coach Chow always tells us, that's when you get in trouble, from day to day when you try to change the way you do things,'' Prince said. ‘'Just because we're at practice and you go into a game doesn't mean you have to do anything faster or anything more than you practiced. That's when you get in trouble. I'm not going to try to change the way I sat in the pocket against San Diego State, I'm not going to be afraid because it's Tennessee or something. It's just football against another team.''

Here is Coach Rick Neuheisel after the practice:
 
‘'It wasn't as good as yesterday's practice, which I think I attribute to just maybe too much install, so we'll have to look at the plan and see if we've got too much in and so forth. But I think our guys are excited about playing. We've just got to rest. We've got a big trip ahead of us and we have to have our legs for Saturday.''
 
Do you buy into a revenge factor for them?
 
 ‘'Oh, I think it's real in terms of talking about it. But I don't think it makes much difference after a couple of snaps. You're going to get ready for a game and you've got to have emotion to play the game well. If that helps with emotion, then, yeah, it's a factor. But we've got to have a lot of emotion to play, too. Our program is at a place where we can't afford ever to play without it. So hopefully we will have, as they say, a passion bucket full.''
 
Does Kevin (Prince)'s maturity better prepare him for the environment he's stepping into?
 
‘'Well, we'll wait and see. I hope. I think he's a mature young man. I think he proved that he can handle nerves because certainly there were nerves a week ago. I'm looking forward to watching him in this kind of environment and you know what, sometimes when you think about how big it's going to be and all that kind of stuff, you get there and it feels just like football. That's what I'm hoping is going to happen.''
 
 
 

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