Monday's version of the quarterback battle between Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut went to Brehaut.
The Bruins finished practice Monday afternoon with a live red-zone scrimmage and Brehaut, leading the second team offense against the second-team defense, directed two touchdown drives on two series. Prince, at the helm of the first-team offense against the first team defense for two series, went three and out both times in a drill in which the offense began with a first and 10 at the defense's 25 yard line.
"Richard was better today," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He’s kind of understanding what we’re asking him to do and he’s getting the ball and he’s throwing it accurately."
Brehaut completed three of four passes for 37 yards and touchdowns of 12 and 20 yards--both to fall camp standout receiver Shaquelle Evans. Prince was 0-3 and the first team offense gained -3 yards in six plays, thanks in large part to a phenomenal defensive performance by defensive end Datone Jones.
"Kevin made some good reads, but the ball sailed on him," Neuheisel said. "The ball has got to be complete. It’s the only way to move the chains. He gets a little stuck. When he throws it well, he’s flawless, but he gets stuck and he uses no lower body."
Neuheisel said he is no longer using rust as an excuse for Prince, who missed half of last season and was limited to individual drills and seven-on-seven work in the spring after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
"We’re not going to say rust anymore," Neuheisel said. "We’re in the second week now. It’s time to play football."