September 25, 2009 |
Norm Chow told Richard Brehaut to make 52 marks on one part of a sheet of paper and 52 marks on another. Then the UCLA offensive coordinator asked the freshman quarterback to cross off three marks on the first side and 40 on the other. The message was clear: The freshman Brehaut would be experiencing only his third college game last Saturday against Kansas State, while Kevin Craft was a battle-tested senior. Experience won out when UCLA coaches picked a starter to replace the injured Kevin Prince against the Wildcats.
November 17, 2008 |
With nothing on the schedule until a Nov. 28 trip to Arizona State, the Bruins get two weeks to savor their victory over Washington -- and address some lingering problems. Turnovers continue to be a concern after quarterback Kevin Craft suffered three more interceptions to bring his season total to 16. Craft, who is still considered the best option on the roster, threw off-target in the first quarter, tried to fit the ball into a tight space in the second and misread the defense in the third.
November 29, 2009 |
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince suffered the right shoulder sprain that knocked him from the Bruins' 28-7 loss to USC on Saturday night at the Coliseum on the series before he had a second pass intercepted. "I was scrambling and I landed on my shoulder and felt it pop out a little bit," said Prince, who completed 10 of 22 passes for 90 yards. "I told [Coach Rick Neuheisel ] I could go and I felt like I could still go." Neuheisel relented and Prince came back out for the Bruins' next series.
October 20, 2008 |
If nothing else, UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft has survival skills. On the verge of being yanked, he drove the Bruins 88 yards for a field goal in the last two minutes of the first half against Stanford on Saturday. On the precipice of defeat, he took them 87 yards for a game-winning touchdown in the last two minutes of the game. Craft and the Bruins seem to handle playing four minutes of football.
August 23, 2008 |
UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft and the Bruins' offense labored Friday, flailing away during a no-pads practice. The low point was three consecutive passes that Craft had intercepted. "It was sloppy," Craft said. "On a day like this, when we come out without shoulder pads, it's hard to keep mental focus. It wasn't a total loss, but it wasn't what we wanted out of it, and it wasn't what I wanted out of it." The performance on offense didn't have Coach Rick Neuheisel pressing the panic button, but his assessment of Craft was that "this was the first day in a while that I thought he took a step backwards."
October 27, 2009 |
UCLA will do the very thing offensive coordinator Norm Chow has always said he was against -- use two quarterbacks Saturday against Oregon State. That is the stand head Coach Rick Neuheisel took Monday. He said redshirt freshman Kevin Prince would retain his starting spot, but was emphatic that freshman Richard Brehaut would play. "I am hopeful both will grow and prosper into being accomplished quarterbacks in this league," Neuheisel said. "To not give them both some measure of time while their eligibility is being used, I think that would be a mistake."
October 21, 2008 |
Cory Harkey was just doing his job. Then the game fell into his hands. Harkey, a freshman tight end at UCLA, calmly ran a corner route, settling in toward the back of the end zone. Meanwhile, chaos was occurring upfield Saturday, with quarterback Kevin Craft scrambling away from Stanford defenders. "I thought he was going to run, so I was about to start blocking," Harkey recalled, "then the ball fell into my hands. " Harkey's seven-yard touchdown catch with 10 seconds left gave the Bruins a 23-20 win and was his first spotlight moment.
November 12, 2009 |
UCLA is headed in a different, bigger direction with its running game this week. Derrick Coleman , a 6-foot, 230-pound sophomore, will get his first start of the season when the Bruins play at Washington State. UCLA has struggled with its running game in recent weeks, and the number of fumbles has become a concern. That has brought the focus to Coleman, who had seven carries in five games before he gained 49 yards in 13 carries against Washington on Saturday. "We need to see more yards after contact and we obviously need to see more security with the ball," running backs coach Wayne Moses said.
October 4, 2009 |
Free safety Rahim Moore went on a hunt after halftime. Moore, knocked out of the game because of a concussion in the second quarter, frantically searched the sidelines for his helmet. "They took it away from me and I was mad, real mad," Moore said after a 24-16 loss to Stanford. "I was going to run onto the field and play if I found it." Instead, Moore remained on the sideline. Coach Rick Neuheisel said the Bruins couldn't afford to lose another starter in the secondary.
October 26, 2009 |
UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel had the opportunity to still any quarterback controversy, but he remained noncommittal during Sunday night's conference call. Would Kevin Prince go back in as the team's starter after the 27-13 loss to Arizona Saturday? "We will continue to look and evaluate our options as we go forward," Neuheisel said. Asked if that was a slight shift in direction, he said, "We're going to keep looking." The Bruins have lost four consecutive games and the offense has failed to score a touchdown in two of the last three games.