Bruins to go deeper into defensive rotation

September, 6, 2010
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Despite the issues among the defensive front seven in UCLA's 31-22 loss to Kansas State, the UCLA depth chart for the Stanford game is not getting any major overhaul. Coach Rick Neuheisel did say, however, that non starters would get more playing time than they did last week.

"I look at the numbers from the first game and a number of guys on our front played an inordinate amount of plays," Neuheisel said. "[Defensive lineman] Justin Edison I’ve been told played more plays in that one game than he had played all season long last year."

UCLA lost the time of possession battle, 35:56-24:04, meaning the Bruins' defense was on the field quite a bit, but since many of the backups are freshmen or sophomores with little or no playing experience, Neuheisel said he was hesitant to substitute.

"In that kind of environment, playing the first game, especially in as a close a game as it turned out to be, it’s hard to put guys in for their first snap," he said. "But we’ve got to find ways to spell guys so they can play 100 miles an hour."

To that end, Neuheisel said some of the younger players would go head-to-head in a 10 or 15-play scrimmage Tuesday in order to see who is ready to play.

Iuta Tepa, Cassius Marsh, Seali'i Epenesa, Keenan Graham, Donovan Carter and Owamagbe Odighizuwa are among the freshman and sophomore defensive linemen who played sparingly or not at all against Kansas State. Freshman linebacker Jordan Zumwalt also did not play.

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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