August 28, 2008 |
UCLA left tackle Micah Kia appears to be moving toward starting against Tennessee on Monday night, less than two weeks after breaking his left hand. Kia, one of two Bruins' linemen with game experience, went through a second day of workouts, using a smaller cast on the hand that allowed it more freedom. "If the coaches need me, I'm ready," Kia said. "It feels good." Kia's cast had restricted the use of his fingers. It was cut to cover only the lower part of his hand. "I can use my hand blocking," Kia said.
August 24, 2008 |
UCLA's offensive coordinator leaned back in his chair. On Norm Chow's desk were two laptops. On the wall, a flat-screen television held the frozen image of Tennessee's defense. Small scraps of paper were scattered, each with the diagram of a play. But the man with an obsessive eye for detail was perplexed. "You want to talk about me?" he said. "You can do that in two minutes." Maybe, but what a two-minute drill. 2:00 . . . 1:59 . . . 1:58 . . . Chow was on vacation with his family in Europe this summer when, stepping out of the Sistine Chapel, he discovered he was the second-most recognizable person in Vatican City that day. A tourist shouted "It's Norm Chow!"
April 13, 2008 |
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.
December 2, 2007 |
Thoughts of UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan roaming free, getting yards by the chunks on busted plays, were probably still on the minds of USC defensive players. Cowan sprinting as quickly as he could to the sideline for safety in the first quarter, or sliding feet-first, unchallenged, to the turf in the third quarter had to be sights for sore eyes for the Trojans in a 24-7 victory Saturday. A year ago, Cowan didn't do much, but did enough, when the Bruins upset the second-ranked Trojans, 13-9.
November 30, 2007 |
UCLA will go with the quarterback who has beaten USC, though whether he is the one who finishes the game against the Trojans is to be seen. Patrick Cowan, who ran the offense last season in a 13-9 victory over the Trojans, will start Saturday, Coach Karl Dorrell said Thursday. But Dorrell did not rule out using Ben Olson in a game the Bruins probably have to win to save Dorrell's job. "Ben I think is going to be up and ready to play," Dorrell said.
October 26, 2007 |
A day after sitting out practice to rest, quarterback Patrick Cowan took part in drills Thursday during Bruins practice and Coach Karl Dorrell said he has no doubt about his availability for Saturday's game at Washington State. Cowan shared snaps with backups McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Chris Forcier and Osaar Rasshan, but Cowan was clearly the No. 1 quarterback. "He feels good," Dorrell said of Cowan. "We wanted to be cautious and not give him too much, but he's doing well."