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Spring Practice - Day Eight

A day after playing an intense, full-contact scrimmage, UCLA shed the pads and worked out in shorts during a light session on Monday afternoon.

It was the final no-pads practice. "I'm excited about where we are and anxious to get the pads back on and get after it again tomorrow," coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Sunday's scrimmage offered the opportunity to examine film and see where progression has happened. Neuheisel said he noticed "details" here and there and praised Glenn Love, who has made the switch from safety to linebacker.

"It's encouraging to see where we are right now," Neuheisel added. "I think we have the makings of a good football team. That's certainly a far cry from being one, but I think we have the makings."

Some observations:

-- Neuheisel was not happy with the way the punt coverage drills were developing, so he allotted five more minutes. "We needed to make sure that doesn't happen again," Neuheisel said. Special teams coach Frank Ganz Jr. made players do push-ups for not knowing the depth chart.

-- Rising junior safety Tony Dye did not participate in practice because he was to undergo tests for an irregular heartbeat. Neuheisel said he expects Dye to be back no later than Thursday.

-- Linebacker Sean Westgate wore a protective red jersey but did not seem limited during individual drills.

-- Redshirt freshman receiver Ricky Marvray capped the two-minute drill with a long touchdown grab near the sideline. The majority of the offensive players stormed the field.