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Rick Neuheisel will wait to make decision on Richard Brehaut

PASADENA, Calif. -- UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel said Thursday that he spoke to backup quarterback Richard Brehaut in the spring about the possibility of redshirting the upcoming season.

At this point, though, Neuheisel does not know whether Brehaut will redshirt or not.

"He just wants to keep playing and keep getting better," Neuheisel said. "He just wants to keep competing."

Brehaut, a sophomore from Rancho Cucamonga, appeared in six games off the bench last season, completing 11 of his 17 pass attempts for 124 yards. He was rated the No. 7 quarterback in the 2009 class by ESPNU.

The decision to use his redshirt year will depend on the consistency -- and durability -- of starter Kevin Prince, who beat out Brehaut and Kevin Craft for the job two springs ago. Neuheisel says he will wait to make a decision until he knows how the position will unravel during fall camp.

"A lot of that will depend on what role Darius Bell has and where Nick Crissman is," Neuheisel said.

Bell, a transfer from San Francisco City College and brother of former UCLA tailback Khalil Bell, is the latest addition to the group. The sophomore figures to vie for a role in the team's new "revolver" offense after throwing for 1,982 yards and running for 751 more last season.

Crissman, meanwhile, missed all of 2008 after suffering a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The redshirt sophomore took 10 snaps in one game last year.

"Part of me would like to save Brehaut's year and create a different year," Neuheisel said. "But part of me says, 'You know what, you've got to be ready for a second guy to be ready to play.'"