Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Brehaut takes the reins as No. 1 QB
By Peter Yoon
UCLA opened it's practice week Tuesday afternoon and for the first time this season, the Bruins practiced with a No. 1 quarterback.
Richard Brehaut, named the starter for Saturday's game at Oregon State, took about 70 percent of the reps with Kevin Prince and Brett Hundley splitting the rest. It was a departure from the routine of Prince and Brehaut equally splitting about 90 percent of the reps with others taking a sprinkling.
"It felt good," Brehaut said. "I felt like this is where I belong and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since the day I stepped on campus here. I’m ready for it, I relish the opportunity to be the guy that takes this team and does what everyone doesn’t think we can do."
Brehaut got the nod this week after relieving an ineffective Prince during UCLA's 49-20 loss to Texas. He has completed 37 of 68 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, but UCLA's passing attack hasn't been up to snuff since the season opener at Houston.
UCLA passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns in that game but has passed for 321 yards and one touchdown in the two games since and Brehaut and Prince have split reps. Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said he expected the passing game to get back on track now that there is continuity at quarterback.
"It helps when you have one guy as far as the timing and the reps, especially from a passing standpoint," Johnson said. "You can focus on one guy and say this guy is going to be the guy and you start developing some sense of timing. That’s important, so I think you should see some improvement in the passing game from here going forward if we stick with one guy."