Bruins Resume Practice Tuesday

UCLA has its first practice during the bye week Tuesday after a couple of days off. The offense gets players back from injury and suspension, the status of Aaron Hester has changed, and the starting corner spot that is open because of his absence now has some competition...

Aaron Hester had X-rays taken on his fractured leg on Monday and on Tuesday he was told that he could lose the crutches that he was using to get around.
 
He dumped them on the spot ... just left them who knows where.
 
The redshirt freshman cornerback is not expected to be back until the middle of October, but he said he is pushing to be back in time for the Bruins' Oct. 10 game against Oregon.
 
He did some running on a treadmill during practice, and some calf raises to strengthen the leg. He came out to practice after his workout and put on his helmet and shoulder pads, but is not quite ready to do anything on the practice field. …
 
Guard Jeff Baca did not practice because of a case of pink eye. He is expected back in practice on Wednesday, Coach Rick Neuheisel said.
 
Freshman Keenan Graham, who suffered a fractured jaw and had it wired shut for three weeks, is back in practice and working with the scout defense. He was limited to a diet of shakes and smoothies during that time and said he lost about 10 pounds while unable to eat solid foods. He has since gained a little of that weight back.
 
The first thing he ate when cleared to tackle solid foods again? You probably can guess … ‘'I went to the dining hall and had a little bit of everything – hamburgers, pizza, fries, everything,'' he said. ‘'I was enjoying it. It was great.'' …
 
The four players suspended for the Kansas State game – cornerback Courtney Viney, running back Milton Knox and receivers Morrell Presley and Randall Carroll - were back in practice.
 
Knox, Presley and Carroll picked up where they left off. Viney did most of his work with the No. 2 defense, while freshman Sheldon Price, who started against the Wildcats in his place, took the majority of reps with the No. 1 defense.
 
Viney said he was expecting that. ‘'You know, wherever the coaches have me, I'm at a point where I have to not prove myself, but I have to come to work every day and go with the flow right now. It's no setback for me, but the main thing is to come out here every day and handle my business on the field,'' he said.
 
‘'All last week, everyone has been supportive, but basically I'm making sure I come to work and keep my same work ethic, basically work harder than I did before.'' …
 
Quarterback Kevin Prince, who is out with a fractured jaw suffered in the victory at Tennessee, did some throwing during individual periods. His jaw still is banded together, however. …
 
Running back Christian Ramirez, who has been out since suffering a sprained ankle in the fall scrimmage, was able to take some reps with the No. 2 offense. His status will be evaluated through the week.
 
‘'Right now he's just working his way back in. He's still a little sore, but we want to test him out this week and just kind of see just how far he's come,'' running backs coach Wayne Moses said. ‘'We'll know more after this week.''
 
Guard Nick Ekbatani (knee) and receiver Gavin Ketchum (hamstring) did some individual work. ...
 
Kevin Craft, who started against Kansas State, took most of the No. 1 reps at quarterback when the Bruins were in team periods.
 
Freshman Richard Brehaut got maybe a handful of reps with the 1s. …
 
With Baca out, Darius Savage was able to get some work in with the No. 1 offense at left guard. Eddie Williams and freshman Stan Hasiak were with the 1s most of the practice.
 
Hasiak did not play against Kansas State. Neuheisel said they wanted to give the freshman time to let everything ‘'slow down.'' …

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