UCLA practice report: Thursday quick hits

Coach Rick Neuheisel said he was pleased with Thursday’s practice, calling it “even more crisp than last week on Thursday.”

“But the proof will be in the pudding,” he said. “We’ve got to come out and play with the same energy that we played with the last two weeks and be excited about the chance to play college football regardless of the circumstances.”

A few tidbits from the day:

  • Quarterback Kevin Prince attempted to practice, but appeared to re-aggravate his injured right knee on his first snap and did not participate after that. “Kevin was out there today,” Neuheisel said. “A little sluggish, but we get two more days and we’ll see how he is on Saturday.”

  • Richard Brehaut and Darius Bell split the reps running the first team. Brehaut would be the starter if Prince can’t go. Neuheisel said he was comfortable starting Brehaut because of all the work he got during fall camp, when Prince was injured. “I have full confidence that Richard can do this if need be.”

  • Neuheisel said he had heard reports that Washington State was practicing in full pads Thursday—a sign that the Cougars are taking this game very seriously. “This is a huge game for them so obviously we’ve got to match fire with fire,” he said. “I’m anxious to get that accomplished.”

  • Freshman defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa continued to get reps with the first-team defense, as he has all week, but he is still listed at No. 3 on the depth chart.