Spring Preview: Will Brett Hundley threaten for starting gig?

March, 23, 2011
3/23/11
10:34
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The door is wide open.

One quarterback hasn't completely healed and will be limited to non-contact participation during spring practice. Another signal caller has spent some of his offseason behind the plate, calling fastballs and sliders at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. Two other candidates underwent shoulder surgery -- one will be limited, one will miss the four-week period entirely.

With that being said, it's safe to assume that true freshman Brett Hundley will get his share of opportunities when the Bruins open spring practice on March 29.

Only one other quarterback, rising junior Richard Brehaut, will be a full-go at Spaulding Field. Brehaut has endured a busy schedule the last few months, alternating between football cleats and baseball spikes, pigskin and cowhide. How his body responds to the rigors of both sports remains to be seen.

At the very least, Hundley will have a chance to impress new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson. It'd be a different scenario if Norm Chow was still on campus -- Chow would know the capabilities of each quarterback, injured or not. Johnson's mind is a clean canvas. Hundley, who just completed his first batch of courses, will have an array of colors and brushes to choose from.

The others will be restricted to monochrome.

Two-year starter Kevin Prince, who is still recovering from right knee surgery, is expected to participate in individual drills only. Johnson won't be able to fully gauge his ability until fall camp. The same goes for the oft-injured Nick Crissman (right shoulder surgery), who has two pass attempts in three years. Darius Bell (left shoulder surgery) will be out entirely but is expected to be ready for fall camp.

There's hype and hope with Hundley. Fans and students see him as "the savior" of the reeling program. He's a fresh start.

On the field, Hundley is more than just a scrambler -- he won the passing competition at the Under Armour All-American Skills Challenge. He was pegged as the No. 6 quarterback in the 2011 class and is the first UCLA quarterback recruit to earn a five-star ranking.

Hundley will have the opportunity to open eyes and raise eyebrows this spring. Regardless of Hundley's production, coach Rick Neuheisel will probably hold off on naming his starter until Prince is fully functional.

But for now, the door is wide open.

Note: This is the first of five questions leading up to the March 29 opener.

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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