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UCLA releases depth chart for Houston

UCLA released it's depth chart (see page 14 of the official release) for the season opener Saturday at Houston, but predictably it lists Kevin Prince or Richard Brehaut as the starting quarterback.

Coach Rick Neuheisel said he would announce his plan for quarterback Tuesday evening after discussing it with the two quarterbacks.

"Until I've talked to them, I don't want to say anything publicly," Neuheisel said after Tuesday's practice. "Until they've had a chance to talk to me and know why I'm doing what I'm doing and so forth."

While we wait for that, it's worth looking into a few other positions.

  • Glenn Love has won the starting nod over Jordan Zumwalt to replace NFL-bound Akeem Ayers at strong side linebacker and Dalton Hilliard will start at strong safety over Dietrich Riley, filling the void left by Rahim Moore's departure to the NFL, but most of the defensive depth chart is a mere formality. The two-deep is so interchangeable that just about everyone will get plenty of playing time. "I think [defensive coordinator Joe] Tresey has shared with all of those kids that they are all going to play. This competition doesn't need to stop just because we're going to play a game."

  • Chris Ward and Albert Cid are still battling for the starting strong side guard spot. They have been alternating with the first team throughout camp and would likely be in some kind of rotation with weak side guard Greg Capella come game day.

  • The job of replacing field-goal kicker Kai Forbath, now with the Dallas Cowboys, is still up for grabs. Kip Smith figures to get the first shot after looking pretty good over the last couple of days, especially since Jeff Locke seems to have faltered after a good start. Locke is already handling the punting and kickoff duties and Neuheisel would like to use Smith for field goals and extra points to save Locke's leg.

  • Shaquelle Evans has had a very good camp and is a tossup with Randall Carroll at one starting receiver spot. Also, leading returning receiver Taylor Embree has dropped to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Nelson Rosario at the other receiver, but the receivers are in a similar spot as the defense as far as depth and seven or eight of them will probably rotate in and out throughout the game depending on situations and packages.

  • Embree is listed as the punt returner, though he has missed much of camp because of a calf injury and Jordon James and Evans have had extensive work at that spot. Josh Smith will be the deep man on kickoff returns, probably with James and Derrick Coleman flanking him.

  • Long snapping duties will go to Kevin McDermott, a former walk on who was awarded a scholarship this week. He replaces Christian Yount, who is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.