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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Practice report: Wednseday quick hits

By Peter Yoon

UCLA's Wednesday practice had to be altered thanks to Mother Nature as the offense and defense took turns playing on the artificial turf portion of Spaulding Field with the grass portion too wet to play on because of heavy rain that fell most of the morning and afternoon.

"The grass field got to a place where we would have ruined it forever if we would have been out there," coach Rick Neuheisel said.

The first-team offense went first with individual drills and then practicing against the scout team. The first-team defense then joined in for a few periods of team drills, seven-on-seven and a two-minute drill. Then the first-team offense left and the defense went into drills and scout-team work.

Neuheisel said it was a minor inconvenience, but that it didn't disrupt the preparation.

"Kids are so adaptable. It’s coaches that cringe over things like this more than the youngsters," Neuheisel said. "We were able to get everybody’s work done."

Neuheisel said he could have had everyone practice at the same time on the turf field, but that would have meant they would have to go sideline to sideline instead of end zone to end zone to fit both units on the field.

It was especially important for the defense to have a full field because Washington State runs a spread offense with four receivers and likes to throw deep.

"With the way Washington State spreads the field and throws the ball downfield, you would have short changed the defense with respect to what they are going to see on the field," Neuheisel said.

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