UCLA quarterback David Norrie did participate in parts of practice Saturday afternoon, but Coach Terry Donahue was not at all sure that Norrie would be ready to start against Iowa in the Rose Bowl game. Donahue said that there is now some fear that the quadriceps muscle in Norrie's right leg, which seems to be strained, might even be torn.
"It's up in the air right now," Donahue said. "His last practice was a week ago. We'll go as long as we can go (before making a decision). We'd like to have him in the game. If he's healthy, he'll start. David Norrie has meant to us all year what Chuck Long as meant to Iowa. . . . If he can't come out and do some work tomorrow, we're in a tough spot and so is he. . . . We'll know a lot more tomorrow and Monday."
If Norrie is not ready, the starter will be junior Matt Stevens, who directed the comeback victory at BYU and started the second game of the season at Tennessee.
Senior linebacker Larry Station, the star of the Iowa defense (and the all-time leading tackler in the history of the school), chose Iowa four years ago over UCLA, Houston, Purdue and Stanford as well as his his home state school of Nebraska.