Saturday, August 21, 2010
Offense sputters but shows potential
By Blair Angulo
Coach Rick Neuheisel asked fans not to videotape any of UCLA's scrimmage, hoping to keep formations and schemes in-house.
Well, there weren't many highlight reel plays to begin with.
Aside from a few good throws from quarterback Richard Brehaut, a handful of eye-opening receptions from Nelson Rosario and a powerful display from true freshman Anthony Barr, the offense struggled.
Even placekicker Kai Forbath, Mr. Automatic and the reigning Lou Groza Award recipient, missed a short field-goal attempt. That doesn't happen. Ever. Not even in practice.
Rosario had an acrobatic 19-yard grab from Brehaut, then followed it up with a one-handed catch for another 39 yards. He scored a touchdown later on a fade jump ball in the corner of the end zone -- a play that the Bruins should go to again and again to take advantage of Rosario's 6-foot-5 frame.
Brehaut was sharp on many of his throws, the obvious exception being the interception he threw to safety Tony Dye. He seemed composed, though Neuheisel was in his ear most of the time.
Barr scored late, but the more impressive was the thunderous block he had on Tevin McDonald, who gingerly walked off the field holding his arm as Barr jumped up and down in excitement.