Wednesday, August 11, 2010
D dominates early, offense strikes back
By Blair Angulo
Some notes and video from UCLA's third fall camp practice:
-- Consistent with the alarming trend in recent years, the defense controlled the first portion of practice Wednesday. It didn't help that sophomore quarterback Kevin Prince was limited because of a slightly strained oblique muscle -- an injury that coach Rick Neuheisel did not seem too worried about. Instead, Neuheisel talked about the offense's concentration being "nowhere near where it needs to be."
-- More Neuheisel: "Rahim (Moore) and Co., Akeem Ayers, those guys are bringing it. Offensively, we've got to match that. If we do, we'll be a good team."
-- With Prince hindered, sophomore Nick Crissman made most of the throws during the day's first practice session. Ayers, a junior linebacker, and sophomore cornerback Aaron Hester both victimized him for interceptions and long returns. Ayers jumped on a short slant route and took the ball all the way back, similarly to what he did in the EagleBank Bowl against Temple last December. Hester capitalized on what seemed to be a miscommunication between Crissman and his receivers -- the ball was nowhere near any white offensive jerseys when Hester gobbled it up.
-- Neuheisel provided more details on Datone Jones' broken foot, saying that the junior will have surgery to place a screw on the fifth metatarsal on Friday:
-- Neuheisel was pleased with the second unit's energy level. "It's just an indication of what people can do to an offense by bringing the energy," he said. "I thought Ricky Marvray and Johnathan Franklin brought that kind of energy. It increased the tempo of the offense."
-- Transfer quarterback Darius Bell improved from his shaky first day but still has work to do. He and tailback Derrick Coleman botched a handoff in the "revolver," and the fumble was scooped up by the defense. Bell was also picked off by freshman cornerback Marlon Pollard on perhaps the most impressive defensive play of the day.
-- True freshman cornerback Anthony Jefferson has been given the chance to practice while his waiver is reviewed by the NCAA clearinghouse, Neuheisel said. Jefferson wore a no-contact red jersey without shoulder pads. He came away with an interception.
-- True freshman tailback Malcolm Jones scored on a long touchdown run in the second session. Jones sped through a hole created by junior guard Jeff Baca, who is still awaiting a decision on his academic ineligibility.