UCLA practice report: Tuesday quick hits


UCLA practiced in the rain for much of Tuesday, but it didn't dampen the Bruins' enthusiasm as they went through a spirited and energetic session.

"I was pleased with the practice given the elements," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "I thought the guys were into it, very excited about coming back to work."

A few tidbits from practice:

  • Quarterback Kevin Prince returned and fully participated for the first time since injuring his knee against Texas. He looked good, but acknowledged there is still swelling in the knee. "Once Saturday rolls around, I think I’ll be 100%," he said.

  • Receiver Nelson Rosario was on crutches and Neuheisel said the Bruins' leading receiver is "questionable for the game against California because of what Neuheisel called a "significant sprain" in his ankle suffered Saturday against Washington State. "Nelson’s ankle will probably keep him from the game this week," Neuheisel said. "I’m not ruling him out forever, but we’ll wait and see, but it’ll be hard for him to make it this week."

  • True freshman Owamagbe Odighizuwa has officially been moved to No. 1 on the depth chart at left defensive end. Nate Chandler, who started there the first five games, will move over to tackle and Justin Edison becomes a backup at tackle. Odighizuwa, a prized recruit out of high school, said he has worked hard to earn the starting role. "It’s something I’ve always wanted and was willing to work hard for it," said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound lineman. "This is college football and sometimes it takes time for guys to move up. It’s not that easy to just come in and snatch a spot."

  • Safety Dalton Hilliard did not practice because of a separated shoulder, but Neuheisel said there was a chance he could return to practice this week.

  • F-back Christian Ramirez rejoined the team after missing last week to deal with unspecified personal issues.