Tag:Rick Neuheisel
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:32 pm

Report: UCLA suspended as many as six players

Posted by Chip Patterson

UCLA needs some time to lick their wounds after receiving a 35-7 thrashing from Cal on Saturday, particularly before taking on the No. 2 Oregon Ducks in Autzen Stadium next Thursday.  Unfortunately, the greatest concerns of the off-week may not be getting healthy, but preparing as many as six backups to start against the high-powered Ducks.  

Late Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reported at least three starters would be suspended for violation of team rules.  The report cited a source close to the situation but did not name any players or hint as to the team rules violated.  Then on Tuesday, the OC Register updated the story with a confirmation that "as many as six players, multiple starters" would be suspended for the Oregon game.  The story from the OC Register also gave no suggestion as to which players were involved or what rules were violated.  Neither head coach Rick Neuheisel nor UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins have been available to comment on the situation.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:57 pm

No QB controversy at UCLA

Posted by Chip Patterson

On the momentum of a three game winning streak and revitalized Pistol offense, the UCLA Bruins are starting to turn heads away from that other program in Los Angeles.  

In the same week that USC fell from the AP Top 25 for the only the second time since 2002, the Bruins continued to bounce back from a dismal start with their 42-28 win over Washington State.  Starting quarterback Kevin Prince missed the game because of a knee injury, but sophomore Richard Brehaut thrived in his first starting opportunity under center, guiding the team to 565 yards of total offense.

As usual, the Bruins were led by running backs Derrick Coleman (185 yards, 3 TDs) and Johnathan Franklin (216 yards, 1 TD).  But Brehaut's 128 yards passing was the most of any Bruin quarterback all season, which has led to speculation regarding the starting quarterback job.

Head coach Rick Neuheisel put much of that speculation to rest in a conference call on Sunday, naming Prince the starting quarterback for Saturday's match up with the California Golden Bears.  Neuheisel confirmed that as long as Prince is healthy, he will be the starting quarterback.  Though he did have some interesting comments about Brehaut's performance.
"I thought he played pretty darn good," Neuheisel said. "He had a couple of really good plays. Some inexperience showed up at times. Ran himself into some problems, didn't realize how to take advantage of some protection issues. But for a first time out, I thought he was terrific."
Brehaut does not run the ball as well as Prince, which is a crucial part of the Bruins scheme, but he did display toughness under pressure leading the offense on three straight scoring drives to overcome a 28-20 deficit late in the third quarter.  Prince had fluid drained from his knee last week, but appears to be done with medical testing.  Neuheisel said it is "a basis of how he feels" at this point.  After seeing Brehaut's performance on Saturday, it would not surprise me to see Prince anxious to take the field against Cal.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 1:25 pm

QB's uncertain on both sides for Houston-UCLA

Posted by Chip Patterson

The showdown between No. 23 Houston and UCLA is a pivotal one of the high-powered Cougars, with it being one of three games on the schedule against BCS AQ schools.  A chance to showcase their top-ranked offense against one of it's more formidable opponents, and also a chance for Heisman hopeful quarterback Case Keenum to try and rack up numbers on a more national stage.  

But first he needs to be medically cleared to play.  Keenum is still listed as day-to-day after leaving the game in the Cougars' 54-24 win over UTEP on Friday.  Keenum took a blow to the head while throwing an interception, and was "displaying signs of a mild concussion" but has been "improving dramatically," according to Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.  

Things are just as ambiguous on the other side of the ball for the Bruins with their signal callers.  Starting quarterback Kevin Prince has struggled to get back to 100 percent since sitting out most of the preseason with a strained oblique.  Prince then injured his shoulder in UCLA's 31-22 season opening loss to Kansas State.  Prince shared time in practice with Richard Brehaut, and the sophomore eventually took over for Prince after an unproductive first half in UCLA's 35-0 loss to Stanford.  Brehaut was unable to get much going himself, but it has left UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel with no clear-cut favorite for starting quarterback.
"We'll see. We'll watch practice. The effectiveness of the quarterback position is critical, so we want to make sure we have someone out there who knows what he's doing and does it well. At the end of the day, as long as (Prince's) health is good, it comes down to performance. To date, the performance hasn't been what it needs to be."Neuheisel went on to reiterate that there is no decision and he has found himself second-guessing his decision to start Prince the first two games of the season.  Houston is almost guaranteed to put up big points against the Bruins, so if UCLA wants to have any chance in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, they need to get things fixed on the offensive side of the ball. 
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:32 pm

Quick Hits: UCLA, Mike Leach, Wake Forest

Posted by Chip Patterson

- UCLA will start the banged-up Kevin Prince at quarterback on Saturday night against No. 25 Stanford.  Even though he looked rusty in the Bruins' 31-22 loss against Kansas State, but Prince is convinced he will be able to perform up to par come game time. "I can make all the throws I need to make," said Prince, who injured his right shoulder in the Kansas State game. "If I didn't feel comfortable with that, then I wouldn't feel comfortable playing."  Prince has been splitting time in practice with Richard Brehaut, being kept on what head coach Rick Neuheisel is referring to as "a pitch count.

- Former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach was never afraid to speak his mind when he was leading the Red Raiders, and now he will have the opportunity to broadcast his thoughts to satellite radio customers all over the world.  Scary thought, right?  Mike Leach will co-host a three-hour show on weekdays on the newly launched Sirius XM college sports station.  From 12-3 p.m. ET you can hear Leach and Jack Arute on Sirius XM's College Football Playbook.  In other broadcast news, Leach will make his television broadcast booth debut for CBS College Sports this weekend when Central Florida hosts North Carolina State.

- Wake Forest return man Devon Brown was disappointed to see a flag on the field after returning the opening kick for a touchdown in the Demon Deacons' opener against Presbyterian College on Thursday.  Not as disappointed as Marcus Dean Hobson of Greensboro, N.C..  In a new promotion by the Wake Forest radio network, Hobson would have won a $20,000 car had the play not been called back for an illegal block.  In the "North Point Chrysler Jeep Dodge Run Back For A Ride" contest, if Wake Forest returns the opening kick of either half for a touchdown, a randomly selected contestant will win a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Wake Forest ended up winning the game 53-13.  Hobson?  Well he certainly didn't drive off in a new ride.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:19 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:25 pm

UCLA still hasn't named a starting QB

Posted by Chip Patterson

PrinceOn a weekend that will include a slew of matchups between FBS and FCS teams, there are only a few non-conference games on the slate between AQ conferences.  One of those will be between UCLA and Kansas State in Manhattan, and the Bruins will wait until then to name their starting quarterback.

Returning starter Kevin Prince has missed almost all of training camp with a strained oblique in his lower back.  Sophomore Richard Brehaut has been taking the first-team reps in his place, and showing plenty of promise.  The game is only three days away, and head coach Rick Neuheisel is nowhere close to naming his starter.
"Kickoff is at 2:30 Central time, game-day decision," Neuheisel said.  "I don't think there's anything (health wise) that says (Prince) can't play, it's just who gives us our best chance."Prince admits he has been a little off on his timing since returning to full practice participation on Monday, though he believes that it won't take too long to get back on the same page with his receivers.  

"You're out for three weeks and guys that have been out here have their timing down and that's something I need to catch up on," Prince said.  "But I'll get it. I've done it before. I've been with these guys, a lot of these guys for three years, so we'll get back on the same page real quick."

Coach Neuheisel insists that regardless of who starts, both quarterbacks will see the field against Kansas State.
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