Perhaps the biggest news was junior offensive lineman Mike Harris being suspended from the first game for violation of team rules.
There is also some late-breaking news about another offensive line starter: Eligibility Issue for Starter.
On the field, quarterback Kevin Prince looked particularly impressive. He was throwing the ball with ease, making long throws without straining at all, and making all the short throws with accuracy and touch. He hit a few receivers on post routes in stride.
If you're comparing quarterback performances on the first day of fall practice over the last 10 years, this was probably the best.
It's clear that Prince has gotten stronger and isn't hampered by injury in his throwing motion, because it's so effortless, regardless if he's throwing the ball down the field 45 yards.
The JC transfer quarterback Darius Bell didn't have a good first day. Initially, in throwing to undefended receivers, he threw the ball well down the field. But in the one-on-ones, 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s, he struggled to make the throws. Now, it's necessary to point out that most every quarterback has struggled on his first day at practice.
Many receivers looked good. Nelson Rossario had a couple of nice catches on long balls. Randall Carroll made a nice leaping catch along the sideline. Ricky Marvray caught a pair of balls on posts, one in which he had to dive while juggling the ball.
Perhaps the two offensive players that stood out the most besides Prince were Christian Ramirez and true freshman Anthony Barr, both at the F-back spot. Ramirez looked particularly good catching passes out of the backfield. Barr made the catch of the day, spinning around and brining in the ball with one arm. It's clear that Barr has the chance to be a weapon and the UCLA coaches will have to get him some touches.
Nate Chandler worked at defensive tackle with the 2s.
Running back Damien Thigpen was working at cornerback, and had a few good break-ups.
True freshman kicker/punter Kip Smith was hitting booming punts.
Tre Hale, a defensive tackle from La Verne (Calif.) Damien, who got some recruiting interest, is walking on.
Byron Moore, the ex-Trojan who is now at Harbor College, attended practice. Also there were recruits Darryl Jackson, the massive 2009 offensive line prospect from Lakewood Mayfair who had committed to SMU, but was told late he wouldn't qualify, and 2010 defensive end Devante Wilson, from Corona High, who definitely passed the eyeball test.