UCLA returned to the practice field for the first time since Saturday's 49-20 loss to Texas and began preparation fo their Pac-12 opener this weekend at Oregon State.
"It’s always cathartic to be back on the practice field after you’ve suffered a disappointment," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "Obviously we want to do better. We have zero quit on this team. We're going to fight, we're going to come back and we're going to play a whale of a game on Saturday."
A few tidbits:
Richard Brehaut took the first-team reps at quarterback and for the first time this season, did not split them with Kevin Prince.
Offensive lineman Sean Sheller, who broke his arm against Texas, had surgery to repair the break Tuesday and Neuheisel said he was probably out for the season. "It was a little more complicated than we had hoped. We hope he can get him back and we’ll remain optimistic, but it’ll be close."
Kicker Kip Smith did not practice as he continues to nurse a hip-flexor issue. Jeff Locke, who made field goals of 51 and 49 yards against Texas, took most of the field-goal reps. He made three of four during a drill at the start of practice, but missed a 45-yard attempt to close the two-minute drill. Neuheisel said Smith's availability for Saturday would be "a game-time decision."
The maligned UCLA defense showed a sign of solidarity when, after Iuta Tepa intercepted a pass during team drills, they all chased after him and cheered around him in celebration. "We loved him up," defensive end Datone Jones said.
Cornerback Andrew Abbott, who suffered a concussion and needed a CT scan Saturday, did not dress for practice and his status is still uncertain as he will have to go through the school's concussion protocol when he returns.
Defensive back Jamie Graham, out since the first week of training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, was expected to return Tuesday but has been pushed back two weeks.
Safety Tony Dye sat out with what Neuheisel termed "stingers." Tevin McDonald moved into the free safety spot on the first team defense with Dietrich Riley getting first-team reps at strong safety.
Tight end Raymond Nelson missed practice to attend to a family matter.