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.
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.
April 1, 2009 |
Warning bells have gone off in Kevin Prince's apartment daily, jolting the UCLA quarterback and his roommate, punter Jeff Locke, from sleep. "We have, like, five alarm clocks," said Prince, who redshirted as a freshman last season. "We set them on 'extra static loud' to make sure we get up every day at 5:30. We don't want to be late for team workouts." For Prince, there is a lot at stake as UCLA prepares to open spring practice Thursday.
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."
September 1, 2008
UCLA begins its first season under Coach Rick Neuheisel today, and Times staff writer Chris Foster looks at some of the key issues and matchups for the Bruins' opener against the Volunteers. O, where art thou? Tennessee is nationally ranked while UCLA is building, but the teams have this in common: Both are unveiling new offenses run by inexperienced quarterbacks who have had difficulty differentiating receivers from defenders. Norm Chow, UCLA's offensive coordinator, has community college transfer Kevin Craft trying a safe-'n'-sane, pitch-and-catch plan.
August 19, 2008 |
Less than two weeks before UCLA's season opener against Tennessee, Coach Rick Neuheisel ended the Bruins' quarterback battle when he named junior Kevin Craft as the team's starter before the afternoon practice Monday. Craft, who completed eight of 18 passes for 93 yards with three interceptions in UCLA's scrimmage Saturday, has been working exclusively with the Bruins' No. 1 unit, and Neuheisel said Craft has a better understanding of the offense than redshirt freshman Chris Forcier.
September 22, 2008 |
Kevin Craft will remain UCLA's quarterback . . . for now. Craft, coming off a woeful game in which he threw for only 81 yards Saturday in a 31-10 loss to Arizona, remains the best option, Coach Rick Neuheisel said. But the depth chart probably isn't set in stone. "The competition is always open, and we'll continue to work other guys," Neuheisel said. "If we think there is another way to go that would give us a better chance to win, we'll do that.