April 14, 2009

Spring ball is halfway home

UCLA's eighth spring practice is now in the books and there were some changes along the offensive front due to the disappointing injury to Logan Paulsen. Nate Chandler will be moved back to tight end. Jeff Baca moves to left tackle from left guard, Sean Sheller moves from left tackle to right tackle and Sonny Tevaga was moved up to the ones to fill Baca's vacated left guard spot.

Injured sophomore offensive lineman, Mike Harris was moving around pretty good with his boot on and said that boot is coming off and should be rehabbing perhaps by next week. Darius Savage was doing some running on the side and though he won't make it back in time for spring ball, he will hungry and ready for camp in August.

UCLA target, Sean Parker was in the house and enjoyed practice. He went on another tour and will return for another tour later. He told me that he was having a great time.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback, Ryan Kasdorf and Lake Arrowhead (Calif.) rim of the World offensive lineman, Jacob Ringhoffer were also on hand taking in practice.

As always UCLA head coach, Rick Neuheisel met with the press after practice.

Neuheisel: "We have not settled on a quarterback, yet, but I do see improvement at the position. I thought that Kevin Prince handled his business well. I thought both, Kevin Craft and Richard Brehaut had bright spots.

"Kevin (Craft) still has to keep from turning the ball over. He had one inexplicable play where the ball kind of just slipped out of his hand and one poor decision that resulted in an interception. Those were the kind of things that plagued us a year ago and we cannot afford to plague us again this fall. Aside from that I thought that position played well.

"I thought Johnathan Franklin was as I thought after practice was a bright spot in the scrimmage.

"The second offensive line did some good things. The first offensive line remains a concern, because we are not able to hold the point of attack. Although the first drive would have kept going. They made the first down, but it was at the end of the 12 play sequence. We may have come away with some points there.

"I'm very proud of the defense. I think the defense is playing very well, especially our first group. The next seven practices will be important to develop some depth on defense and get some guys that can fill in should our starters not able to go any particular week, but I like where we are. The energy has to stay where it is and hopefully tomorrow we get a big day.

"We took the pads off the legs today so that we can get a big day tomorrow (April 14th) and have a real physical day and hopefully get some red zone stuff done and have a real good go of it tomorrow."

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