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Arizona has a choice at quarterback

Nick Foles might be ready to return for the Wildcats, but Bruins will also prepare for the running ability of Matt Scott.

October 27, 2010|By Chris Foster

The cleat is on the other foot.

The last three games, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel was coy about who would start at quarterback, Kevin Prince or Richard Brehaut. Each time it was a "game-time decision" because of Prince's knee injury.

Now Arizona is in the same situation heading into Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl. Starter Nick Foles, who suffered a dislocated kneecap against Washington State on Oct. 16, returned to practice Monday.

Wildcats Coach Mike Stoops invoked the "game-time decision" clause.

Matt Scott, who replaced Foles, completed 18 of 22 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 victory over Washington last week. He also rushed for 65 yards in seven carries.

"It won't be a big adjustment that we'll have to make at game time," UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers said. "But we have to be aware of the one guy, because if he gets out of the pocket, he can make things happen running."

Foles completed 22 of 34 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-13 victory over UCLA last season.

"Nick Foles is a big-time talent, I think he's an NFL prospect," Neuheisel said. But the Bruins also have to be ready for Scott, who, "can tuck it and run. Mobility is the big difference, especially with the one guy coming off a knee problem," Neuheisel said.

Then there was defensive tackle David Carter's solution.

"We'll just make whoever it is play our game," Carter said. "We're going out there and get pressure on him."

Brehaut tunes up

Brehaut, the Bruins' starter after Prince's season was ended by knee surgery, was assessed by Neuheisel after practice Wednesday.

"I think Rich is playing with confidence. Now it's important that it is not false confidence," Neuheisel said. "It's important that he knows everything. He's working very diligently to get that done."

Brehaut sat out the end of practice with what he said was a tight hamstring.

Hilliard hurt

Free safety Dalton Hilliard wobbled off the field after a collision with cornerback Aaron Hester during practice Wednesday. Team doctors and trainers rushed onto the field with a backboard and spent a few minutes making sure Hilliard could be moved.

"He ran into someone. I think he's fine," Neuheisel said. "It's precautionary, but I think he's fine. He had a stinger. But I think he'll be fine. I was told everything returned to normal quickly."

Hilliard, though, had to be helped from the practice facility to the training room, looking dazed, while a team doctor held his left arm.

A UCLA official later said Hilliard had a concussion and that he would undergo precautionary X-rays on the neck and shoulder area.

Baca hospitalized

Offensive lineman Jeff Baca has spent the past few days in the hospital because of a staph infection in his knee. Baca, who is academically ineligible this season, was hospitalized over the weekend.

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