UCLA began its bye week with a light practice in shorts and shoulder pads with position groups spending more time than normal doing individual drills and shorter periods of team vs. team drills.
It's all part of the plan, coach Rick Neuheisel said, to use this week as a mini training camp and sharpen the fundamentals.
"It was a good day of work considering what the week needs to be, which is a return to basics, a return to fundamental play," Neuheisel said. "Just making sure that we have the inventory offensively and defensively and in special teams to be able to compete and compete successfully in the second half of the season starting in Tucson."
A few tidbits:
Brett Hundley got extensive work with the first-team offense, part of the plan to get him ready to play if necessary. Hundley, a true freshman, is now No. 2 on the quarterback depth chart but has yet to play in a game. "There are a number of players that are going to get crash courses, if you will, to make sure that they are ready for the second half of our season," Neuheisel said. "Brett Hundley would be a guy in that category."
Richard Brehaut attended practice on crutches and in a boot-type cast. Neuheisel said Brehaut's broken fibula was a "clean break" and that he wouldn't be surprised to see Breahut back at the short end of his three-to-six-week prognosis. "There is every reason to think that he can make it back," Neuheisel said. "Knowing his history of healing quickly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back before too long."
Receiver Nelson Rosario, not listed on UCLA's official injury report, did not dress for practice because of a sprained foot. He said the injury occurred on his second-quarter catch Saturday night against Washington State, a 41-yard reception that set up UCLA's first touchdown, and that he was able to play through it the rest of the game. "My foot is sore and stuff like that, but I’ll be all right," said Rosario, who finished with three catches for 120 yards. "It kind of got landed on on the first catch that I had. It’s not something too serious to be worried about. I’ll be fine."
Receiver Shaquelle Evans also did not dress for practice because of concussion-like symptoms. He took a knee to the head during his game-winning touchdown reception Saturday night. "The safety tried to jump over me and caught his knee on the side of my helmet," Evans said. "It knocked me out. My body was limp for a minute. They say I have a concussion. I've been taking tests every day."
Safety Tony Dye did not dress for practice again as he continues to try to recover from a nerve issue in his neck. Neuheisel hinted that if things do not clear up soon, Dye, who played the first three games but has missed the last three, could be headed for a redshirt season. "We’re trying to just rest him up and see if whatever is ailing him can subside," Neuheisel said. "Ultimately we’ll make a decision next week as to where he is and where his future is with respect to this season."
Cornerback Sheldon Price, who has missed the last two games because of a sprained MCL, was not dressed for practice, but did some light running on the side despite wearing a large brace. Cornerback Anthony Jefferson suited up for the first time this season and did some light individual drills. Safety Alex Mascarenas (concussion) did not dress for practice. Defensive lineman Justin Edison (concussion) was back in practice wearing a no-contact red jersey after sitting out last week. Running back Johnathan Franklin (shoulder) also wore a non-contact red jersey but was not limited during the light practice.