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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Kevin Prince cleared for increased activity

By Peter Yoon

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince, recovering from an October microfracture surgery on his knee, was cleared to participate in seven-on-seven drills for Thursday's spring practice, but coach Rick Neuheisel forgot and didn't put him in.

"I looked at him and said you gotta tell me," Neuheisel said. "You gotta remind me. But we won’t miss that opportunity again."

Prince, who began last season as the starter before the knee injury sidelined him after Week 6, has been doing only simple footwork drills and some light passing drills so far this spring, but he said his doctor and UCLA's trainers had given the OK for him to step up to the seven-on-seven drills. Those entail receivers and running backs running routes against defensive backs and linebackers.

"The only thing I shouldn't be doing is sprinting out and scrambling," Prince said. "I think I can limit myself to not doing that. I'll be able to control myself."

Prince said this is as far as he will be able to progress in spring football. The next step would be to run live plays in the full-team drills, but his doctors won't allow that until fall.

"I’m trying to stay as patient as I can," Prince said. "It’s frustrating, but unfortunately I’ve had the experience of going through this before and I know that being patient is important."

Neuheisel said he would run some seven-on-seven drills Saturday before the team plays a live scrimmage and that Prince would get the majority of the reps in those drills.

MAIAVA SITS OUT

Center Kai Maiava, who sat out last season because of a broken ankle, aggravated the injury Thursday and sat out the last half of practice.

He said somebody rolled up on his ankle during a running game drill and that he felt a "pop," but didn't expect to miss any more practice time.

"I just have some throbbing pains, but I’m sure I’ll be able to go on Saturday," he said.

Maiava continued to practice a few plays after the injury, but he was clearly favoring the ankle and even tried to hold a block on one leg at one point.

"I felt the aches and pains set in and I was just going to have to sit this one out," he said.

He didn't expect to have X-rays or an MRI exam and said this injury was nothing close to the broken ankle he suffered in the fall scrimmage last year.

"It’s the same ankle, but not even close to that," he said.

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