Sunday, October 9, 2011
Freshman Brett Hundley moves to No. 2 QB
By Peter Yoon
With Richard Brehaut out indefinitely because of a broken left fibula, Kevin Prince resumes his spot as UCLA's starting quarterback and true freshman Brett Hundley will be No. 2 on the depth chart, coach Rick Neuheisel said.
That means if anything happens to Prince, Hundley -- a highly touted recruit who's debut is eagerly anticipated by Bruins fans -- will get the call.
"With Richard not being able to go, Brett would get more work in practice and he’ll have to be ready in the event that Kevin gets nicked," Neuheisel said. "That’s happened before as we all know so we’ve got to be ready."
Prince has missed 10 starts in his career because of injuries, so getting Hundley game ready is imperative.
Neuheisel said with an off week this week, he would create a training camp like environment to help get Hundley up to speed. Hundley, who enrolled at UCLA early so he could participate in spring football, has gotten only limited reps since the spring because he had offseason knee surgery and missed much of fall camp.
"We have this off week so we can have a training camp-like experience for Brett," Neuheisel said. "We can really accelerate his learning and get him caught up when you don’t have that luxury when you are game planning for a particular opponent."
Hundley, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback, was among the top recruits in the nation last season, but his injury set him back too far to seriously compete for the starting job this season. Neuheisel has discussed putting in a package of plays of Hundley so that he wouldn't have to know the entire offense, but also has been hesitant to burn Hundley's redshirt year by using him in a limited role.
Now, however, seeing Hundley in a package at some point this season is all but a certainty.
"I’ve toyed with that idea to date, but I just haven’t felt that it was worth throwing a year away for him," Neuheisel said. "But now we’ve got a situation where he may very well have to play and rather than wait for that time when he has to, we might get him involved."
But Neuheisel doesn't want to give up any information on exactly how Hundley will get involved.
"I’m going to keep my cards close to my vest on this one," he said. "I don’t know when and what situation will prompt me to put him in the game, but I’m going to have him ready. That I need to do."
Nick Crissman, who has worked with the scout team this season, will now move into the No. 3 quarterback role.