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August 21, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben Olson was a fan favorite at UCLA's scrimmage Saturday and he didn't disappoint with two touchdown passes to tight end Marcedes Lewis at Drake Stadium. But whether Olson's performance was good enough to take away the starting position from senior Drew Olson, Coach Karl Dorrell wasn't telling after the Bruins' two-hour scrimmage. "It's as tight as it's ever been," Dorrell said about the battle between the Bruins' unrelated quarterbacks.
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August 12, 2010 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
The injury to defensive end Datone Jones refueled concerns about UCLA's synthetic turf at Spaulding Field. Jones suffered a broken right foot running on the turf during practice Tuesday and will have surgery Friday to insert a screw to hold together his fifth metatarsal. Coach Rick Neuheisel was optimistic that Jones could play again this season, though "the surgery is a 10- to 12-week deal," Neuheisel said. The injury occurred when Jones was "running, making a play on quarterback, and stepped in an awkward way and put a little pressure on that bone," Neuheisel said.
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August 24, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Senior quarterback Drew Olson worked with UCLA's first-team offense during the last 30 minutes of practice Tuesday after redshirt freshman Ben Olson had hurt his left hand. "Ben dinged his hand on a helmet when he was throwing," Coach Karl Dorrell said. "We don't think it is anything significant, but he felt some tingling in there so we decided to keep him out." According to X-rays taken after practice, Ben Olson only bruised the hand. His status is day to day.
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March 31, 2009 | Chris Foster
Ben Olson just can't seem to get the right kind of break. The former UCLA quarterback has re-injured his right foot and will not be able to participate in UCLA's pro day today for NFL scouts, Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel said. Olson has sustained broken bones in the foot three times in the last year, starting with 2008 spring practice. When he re-injured the foot in August, it knocked him out for his senior season.
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September 8, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
It's all about pain for redshirt freshman Ben Olson. The more he can endure, the quicker the quarterback will be back on the football field. That's why Olson, who has been sidelined the last two weeks because of a small fracture in his throwing hand, has been pushing himself in practice this week. He's been taking snaps, handing the ball off to backs and throwing short passes to test how much he can do with his injury, and Wednesday night, Olson even participated in a few team drills.
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March 31, 2009 | Chris Foster
Ben Olson just can't seem to get the right kind of break. The former UCLA quarterback has re-injured his right foot and will not be able to participate in UCLA's pro day today for NFL scouts, Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel said. Olson has sustained broken bones in the foot three times in the last year, starting with 2008 spring practice. When he re-injured the foot in August, it knocked him out for his senior season.
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February 22, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Ben Olson last played in a football game more than three years ago, when he was in high school. The last two seasons, he did not even practice. But that hasn't stopped Bruin supporters and many of his new classmates from looking at the 6-foot-5, 239-pound quarterback as the future of UCLA's football program, which has not won a major bowl game since the 1997 season and is coming off consecutive non-winning seasons under third-year Coach Karl Dorrell.
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November 5, 2004 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Ben Olson, the top-rated high school quarterback in the country in 2001, returned to his Thousand Oaks home earlier this week with a major decision to make after completing a two-year Mormon mission in Canada. "I'm really in a unique situation, to be able to go through this again," said Olson, 21, a lefty who is being recruited again after spending one redshirt season at Brigham Young before leaving on his mission. He will be eligible to play in the fall of 2005.
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August 28, 2005 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
Nearly three weeks after saying that he didn't want to drag out a quarterback decision, UCLA Coach Karl Dorrell named Drew Olson as starter Saturday morning, one week before the Bruins play their season opener at San Diego State. "I wanted to put him to the test, and he came out very, very well," Dorrell said about the senior quarterback. "And I'm also very excited about Ben Olson because of how far he's come."
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December 30, 2004 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
The knee injury suffered by UCLA junior quarterback Drew Olson in last week's 24-21 loss to Wyoming in the Las Vegas Bowl is more serious than first thought. An MRI examination revealed that Olson suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. He will have surgery over the next few weeks, forcing him to be sidelined at least seven months. Olson was injured in the second quarter when he tried to throw a pass while being tackled.
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October 31, 2008 | David Wharton, Wharton is a Times staff writer.
The UCLA football team spent this week focusing on basics such as blocking and tackling, but the weekend is reserved for something even more important. The future. Coaches will give the players today and Saturday off, using that time to visit recruits who could bring needed reinforcement next fall. "Big weekend for us," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "We'll be out in earnest all day tomorrow and junior college recruiting on Saturday."
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August 11, 2008 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel belted out the words loud and slow, so quarterback Chris Forcier was certain to hear. "You're just playing catch," Neuheisel screamed as a Forcier pass to a wide open receiver sailed high during a drill. Forcier is finding that greater responsibility will bring greater scrutiny.
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August 10, 2008 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in five months, UCLA quarterback Ben Olson took a painful ride on a cart to the locker room Saturday. The agonizing journey came after Olson took a misstep on a fake and felt pain in his right foot. Olson suffered a broken bone in the foot on a similar play during spring practice and spent three months recovering after a screw was placed in the foot. A UCLA official said a fluoroscope of the foot was inconclusive Saturday and that Olson would have X-rays today.
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August 6, 2008 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
UCLA went through the first day of practice Tuesday and Coach Rick Neuheisel walked off impressed with the incoming freshman class. "Our young skill position guys are gifted kids," Neuheisel said, referring to his running backs and defensive backs. They may have to be, especially in the secondary, where the Bruins lacked depth even before strong safety Bret Lockett was suspended for the opener against Tennessee.
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April 25, 2008 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's spring practice is ending as the season did in 2007 -- with quarterbacks Patrick Cowan and Ben Olson injured. Both were carted off the field during practice Thursday, with their status to be determined. It was an eerie reminder of last season, when the Bruins were forced to shuffle quarterbacks because of injuries. Cowan aggravated an injury to his left knee, which had kept him out of Tuesday's practice. Olson "felt a pop" in his left foot during drills, according to Coach Rick Neuheisel.
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April 13, 2008 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The quarterback competition at UCLA appears to have come to an end, with Patrick Cowan winning the job. Coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow have not committed to a decision publicly, but sources within the program said they have decided to go with Cowan over Ben Olson and Kevin Craft. That was supported by the fact that Cowan took all the snaps with the No. 1 offensive unit during the Bruins' first scrimmage Saturday.
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September 22, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben Olson has almost completely recovered from the small fracture in his throwing hand that kept him out of UCLA's first three games, but that doesn't mean he'll make his season debut when the Bruins play host to Washington on Oct. 1. Senior Drew Olson has been spectacular in victories over San Diego State, Rice and Oklahoma, completing 71.8% of his passes for 762 yards and six touchdowns. More important, perhaps, Olson has had no interceptions.
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January 2, 2002 | Eric Sondheimer
There are at least seven linemen weighing 300 pounds or more who are scheduled to play today in the CaliFlorida Bowl at 2:30 p.m. at El Camino College. The play of the offensive and defensive lines could be critical in determining which team wins the third annual meeting between top high school football players from California and Florida. California won the inaugural game, 21-11, at the Rose Bowl two years ago. Florida won last summer, 17-14, at UC Santa Barbara.
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November 25, 2007 | Chris Foster and David Wharton, Times Staff Writers
UCLA's football team turned to its No. 1 quarterback Saturday and Ben Olson responded . . . some. Out since injuring a knee against Notre Dame on Oct. 6, Olson replaced Osaar Rasshan in the second half of a 16-0 victory over Oregon. "I had prepared myself to play, but I didn't know I would for sure," Olson said. "I felt pretty good when I went in. It was one of those things where I haven't done it in over a month. I wasn't perfect in any sense."
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November 21, 2007 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Ben Olson was allowed to speak to the media after practice Tuesday. That's a sure sign the UCLA junior quarterback is getting close to returning from a knee injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 6. He showed the most mobility since suffering the injury, getting under center for about 25% of the repetitions during team offense and leaving the rest for starter Osaar Rasshan and backup McLeod Bethel-Thompson. "It felt pretty sore going to my right and things like that," Olson said.
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