Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wednesday UCLA practice report
By Peter Yoon
-- Intensity took a step up Wednesday, when coaches were putting their command of the expletive dictionary on full display.
Coach Rick Neuheisel said the players are finally beginning to understand the type of obstacle the Bruins are facing.
"I was pleased today with our practice," he said. "It was what it needed to be. Guys are running around excited about the contest. It’s a huge, huge challenge. We’ll find out about how it goes once we get out there, but I’m excited about the way we’re preparing."
-- Neuheisel said he expected Texas to show more offensively this game than in its first three as Longhorns quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the sophomore who replaced Colt McCoy, develops at the position.
The first three games have been "Probably not as open a playbook because of the inexperience of the quarterback and growing him up slowly," Neuheisel said. "I would say that they’ll be more expansive offensively this week as they get ready for the meat of their conference schedule."
-- Running back Derrick Coleman completed his concussion protocol and was in full-contact mode. He took regular snaps with the first- and second-team offenses. He missed last week because of a concussion and strained neck suffered against Stanford and was limited to non-contact Tuesday. Neuheisel wouldn't name a starter at tailback, saying only that Coleman would be "in the mix" with Johnathan Franklin, who had 158 yards rushing last week against Houston. Freshman Malcolm Jones will also get carries, Neuheisel said.
-- Receiver Taylor Embree was again limited by a strained hip flexor, but Neuheisel said he expected Embree to start against Texas.
-- Offensive lineman Micha Kia returned to action, working with the first and second team. Kia sprained his ankle last week in practice and did not play against Houston, though Neuheisel said he could have gone in if needed. Neuheisel said it would be a game time decision if Kia or Mike Harris starts.
-- Defensive end Datone Jones, who broke his foot the first day of fall camp, is walking without crutches, but he's still at least four weeks away from getting out of the boot cast he has been wearing and it looks more and more like a redshirt year for him.