- Peter Yoon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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UCLA spent a portion of Wednesday's practice installing some new plays, and it led to sloppiness on the offensive end. Coach Rick Neuheisel said he'd take a look at the practice film and decide if any of the new plays were worth keeping around.
"We just started doing some things we don’t have as much time invested in, trying to find some wrinkles," Neuheisel said. "When they don’t work, there’s a slow down because everybody is trying to figure out why they didn’t work. So we’ve got to be real wise as to what we go into the offensive game plan and defensive game plan with."
Quarterback Richard Brehaut said that Wednesday is often a day of experiment.
"Wednesday is really our day to go out and see what works, see what doesn’t," he said. "I think we saw some things we liked and some things that didn’t go the way we wanted them to."
A few other tidbits:
The tackling issues the Bruins had last weekend have been addressed by the coaches, but the team hasn't spent much extra time working on tackling in practice. Neuheisel said it's because of a shortage of bodies. "To have live tackling at this point in the season with this many people down is not the prudent thing to do.We talk about it and preach about it all the time and go through the fundamentals of it. We just can’t do it at full speed. I don’t know how many are doing it at full speed."
Brehaut seemed to be making an effort to keep the ball more on run plays out of the Pistol, something Coach Rick Neuheisel said Brehaut probably should have done more against Arizona State. "This offense requires that," Neuheisel said. "You’ve got to make them cover the field. So he’s got to be willing to do that, and he is. He just didn’t get it done on that particular play."
Cornerback Sheldon Price, trying to return from a sprained knee, went through the entire practice with little hesitation and looks on track to play Saturday against Oregon State.
Receiver Taylor Embree practiced in a red no-contact jersey for the second consecutive day because of a bruised sternum, but went through the entire practice at full speed.
Safety Dalton Hilliard, out with a concussion, did not suit up.