UCLA: Glenn Love

Practice report: Wednesday quick hits

October, 12, 2011
10/12/11
8:11
PM PT
UCLA practiced through an unusually hot afternoon in Westwood, going in full pads for the second practice of the bye week.

The Bruins will practice again Thursday and then take Friday and Saturday off before beginning game-week preparations for Arizona on Sunday. UCLA plays in Tucson on Thursday, Oct. 20, so the game week gets moved up a couple of days.

"I thought our guys pushed through and we got a lot accomplished," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "I think we’ll feel real good about it when we look at the film. We’ll try to get one more of those tomorrow and then give them a couple of days off, get their legs back and away we go on Sunday."

Neuheisel said he and the coaching staff would spend the weekend recruiting.

"We'll try to get out and about to all the local hotshots and make sure they know the Bruins are alive and well and engaging all the top student athletes in the area," Neuheisel said. "It’s a busy time, an important time and I think an exciting time as well, so looking forward to it."

A few tidbits:
  • Brett Hundley got a little more time in the passing game but seems to have a tendency to lock on to his primary receiver. Neuheisel said that's normal for freshmen. "I think all young quarterbacks do," Neuheisel said. "You have an idea of what a pass play is supposed to look like and you go to where it normally goes. When that breaks down, the question is how quickly do you move on? But everybody starts that way. But I think he’s moving quickly through that. Is he ready to do that with everything we have in our offense? I don’t think so, but still I’m pleased with his progress."
  • Neuheisel is not pleased with the way Hundley is carrying the ball when he runs, however. For the second consecutive day, Neuheisel made Hundley do pushups because he didn't ave the ball tucked close to his body when scrambling away from pressure. "I just want him to understand that he’s playing at a different level and there are going to be strong guys trying to grab that ball and it’s important that he secure it," Neuheisel said.
  • Offensive lineman Albert Cid did not dress for practice. Cid left the practice field with shortness of breath Tuesday and it's thought that and an illness is the cause, so he was held out for precautionary reasons.
  • Offensive lineman Chris Ward went back to full speed after missing the last week because of a shoulder injury. He was playing mostly with the No. 2 offensive line, but got some reps at No. 1 guard as well.
  • Linebacker Glenn Love was participating in team drills for the first time since pulling a hamstring two weeks ago.
  • The receiving corps is still a little thin with Nelson Rosario again sitting out because of a sprained foot and Shaquelle Evans not dressed because of concussion symptoms. Jerry Johnson's on-again, off-again practice routine continued and he sat out.
  • Cornerback Sheldon Price dressed in shorts and shoulder pads only and did some light work on the side. Safeties Tony Dye (neck) and Alex Mascarenas (concussion) also remained out.
  • Defensive lineman Justin Edison was out of his red no-contact jersey, an indication that he has cleared the concussion protocol.

Injury report: Price, Mascarenas, Edison out

October, 6, 2011
10/06/11
7:28
PM PT
Cornerback Sheldon Price (knee), safety Alex Mascarenas (concussion), defensive lineman Justin Edison (concussion) and F-back Anthony Barr (knee) will sit out of UCLA's game against Washington State on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, according the the team's official injury report.

All four have started for the Bruins this season, but none has practiced this week. Barr had surgery last week to repair cartilage in his meniscus and will miss at least three weeks.

Price was injured two weeks ago against Oregon State and missed the game last week against Stanford. Mascarenas suffered a concussion -- his second this season -- during practice last week and also missed the Stanford game. He hasn't practiced since. Edison suffered a concussion in the Stanford game and was held out of practice all week.

Kicker Kip Smith (hip flexor) and offensive lineman Chris Ward (shoulder) are listed as doubtful for Saturday's game and are also unlikely to play.

Linebacker David Allen (knee) was on crutches Tuesday, but dressed for practice Wednesday and was full speed on Thursday. Allen, who plays mostly on special teams, is listed as questionable for Saturday.

Safety Tony Dye (neck), who has missed the last two games, practiced in a red no-contact jersey for the second consecutive day and is listed as questionable for the game. Linebacker Glenn Love (hamstring) did some running on the side, but has not practiced this week and is listed as questionable. Safety Dalton Hilliard (shoulder) and linebacker Sean Westgate (hand) are listed as probable. Both have fully practiced all week, though Westgate is wearing a club to protect his hand.

The Bruins have a bye week next week and don't play again until Oct. 20 at Arizona, so coach Rick Neuheisel is hopeful that the majority of his injured players will have plenty of time to heal. He said Price and Ward, in particular, should be ready to go by then.

Practice report: Tuesday quick hits

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
9:19
PM PT
The UCLA Bruins returned to the practice field Tuesday, licking their wounds from a 45-19 loss at Stanford and looking ahead to a game against Washington State that appears it will be much tougher than anyone might have predicted before the season.

The Cougars are 3-1 and coming off of an impressive comeback victory at Colorado. That's actually good news for UCLA, which practiced as if they were not taking the Cougars lightly even though Washington State went 5-32 the previous three seasons.

"I think our guys came to work and are looking forward to what promises to be a big-time game against a hot team in Washington State," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "I know that they’re riding high and I know that their confidence is brimming because it’s been lean for them over the past several years and they’ve believed in Coach [Paul] Wulff’s mantra that the thing was going to turn and it’s turning. So this is going to be an inspired team that comes in."

Neuheisel is the right guy to be coaching in this game. He never has lost a game against Washington State having gone 8-0 against the Cougars in his coaching stops at UCLA, Washington and Colorado.

"All those games in the past are in the past," Neuheisel said. "It’s all about this game and this particular UCLA team against their particular Washington State team."

A few tidbits from practice:

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Practice report: Thursday quick hits

September, 29, 2011
9/29/11
7:40
PM PT
UCLA finished its practice week with a light day in short and shoulder pads, spending a large chunk of time on special teams and red-zone drills and now moves into final preparations for Saturday's game against No. 6 Stanford in Palo Alto.

"Excited with the week of practice and the way the team has responded to the challenge of a top-10 opponent," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "Now we look forward to the opportunity to play the game and play as well as we can and hopefully give ourselves a great chance."

A few tidbits:
  • Neuhesel said he expected a physical game Saturday because that is the way Stanford has played over the last few years. "You understand as you do in prize fighting that you’re going in against somebody that likes to punch, like to slug," he said. "Our defense has to understand that and our offense has to understand that. It’s a key piece to this game, the physical nature that they like to play with and frankly it’s been kind of their calling card. We have to match that because as we evolve as a program we’re trying to have that be also a part of our identity."
  • Neuheisel added that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is what separates the Cardinal and makes them a top-10 team. "It’s a proven formula over the years that if you get a great quarterback you can usually do some good things around him," he said. "That’s not to take away from the other terrific players in their program, but that quarterback allows them to really tee off and have some opportunities because there are very few mistakes on the offensive side."
  • Neuheisel, like most coaches in the country, doesn't have a Luck-caliber quarterback. He said he's pleased with the progress Richard Brehaut has made but would like to see him get to another level. "I think he’s come a long way,' Neuheisel said. "I’m excited about continuing the journey toward becoming a really, really good player. ... There are things that we discover all the time that are in his head that aren’t exactly correct and we’ve got to get those weeded out."
  • The two-minute drill at the end of practice wasn't exactly smooth. On the first play, safety Stan McKay intercepted a Brehaut pass. They started over and Johnathan Franklin got stuffed for no gain follwed by consecutive dropped passes by Shaquelle Evans and Franklin. Brehaut then connected with Taylor Embree for 30 yards on fourth and 10, setting up a 35-yard field goal by Jeff Locke, which he made.
  • Injuries once again kept cornerback Sheldon Price (knee), safety Dalton Hilliard (shoulder) and safety Alex Mascarenas (concussion) on the sidelines. Neuheisel said they would all be game-time decisions. "We’ve got a number of kids that are dying to play that listed right now as questionable and doubtful and all that kind of stuff so we’ll just have to wait and see at game time," Neuheisel said. "Certainly they’ve played a lot of football and they’ll be missed if not available and if they can play we’d like to have them."
  • Joining the walking wounded was linebacker Glenn Love who sat out because of a hamstring issue. "We’re hopeful that he can be ready to go," Neuheisel said.

Tuesday practice quick hits

September, 6, 2011
9/06/11
9:29
PM PT
  • Offensive lineman Jeff Baca practiced with the team for the first time since surgery to repair a broken ankle in March. Baca, who sat out last season because of academic suspension, is considered UCLA's top offensive lineman. He worked sparingly with the first team at weak side tackle and coach Rick Neuheisel said Baca may play Saturday against San Jose State. "It’s really a conditioning thing," Neuheisel said. "He has not played football now for a long time. He had a brief fling in spring ball, but that didn’t last long and he didn’t play all last fall, but he’s chomping at the bit to get back in there."
  • Baca's return would help shore up the loss of center Kai Maiava to suspension for this game. In Maiava's absence, Greg Capella will slide over from guard and start at center. Chris Ward will start at one guard and, if Baca is ready, he'll likely take over at tackle and move Sean Sheller to guard. Albert Cid will play the second guard if Baca is not ready to go.
  • Linebacker Glenn Love was scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday night to determine the status of his dislocated shoulder. "He's feeling much better. He's chomping at the bit to get in there so we'll see what the doctors say."
  • North Carolina transfer Brandon Willis, who enrolled in classes Tuesday, rejoined the team and practiced in full pads, getting limited reps with the third string at defensive tackle. He is trying to get a waiver from the NCAA that would make him eligible to play this season, but Neuheisel was unsure how long it would take. "I know that we’re going to try. I know it would be a great thing for Brandon and I think having sat for as long as he sat and really not doing anything wrong on his part, I think it would be a neat thing if the NCAA would allow it to happen, but that’s in somebody else’s hands. Because he doesn’t get the year back, I think it’s the right thing to do but we’ll wait and see what smarter guys than I think."

Injury report: Jeff Baca to resume practice

September, 5, 2011
9/05/11
8:06
PM PT
Offensive lineman Jeff Baca, out since undergoing ankle surgery in late March, will resume practice Tuesday and could play Saturday against San Jose State, coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Baca also missed all of last season because he was academically ineligible, but is considered UCLA's top offensive lineman and would probably slide in at the weak side tackle, Neuheisel said.

"The key is to make sure he’s healthy," Neuheisel said. "He’s going to practice this week and we’ll see how much. He’s going to be rusty. Not only missing spring ball and fall camp, but all of last year. How quickly we can get him up and going is anybody’s guess."

Other injury updates:
  • Quarterback Kevin Prince has "better than a 50-50 chance" to play Saturday against San Jose. Complete details here.
  • Linebacker Glenn Love's dislocated shoulder isn't as serious as previously thought and there is a chance he might play this week. Love, the starting strong side linebacker, was originally expected to miss two weeks, but was going to see a doctor Monday night for a status update. "I’ll go down to questionable on him," Neuheisel said. "He’s feeling better and he’s going to see a doctor about harnessing and he may have still have some chance to be available this week."

Upon further review: Neuheisel on Houston

September, 4, 2011
9/04/11
8:05
PM PT
Coach Rick Neuheisel addressed the media via conference call Sunday after watching film of UCLA's after watching game film of UCLA's 38-34 loss to Houston, and blamed the poor defensive effort on a lack of discipline by defensive players.

Houston quarterback Case Keenum methodically dismantled the UCLA defense with a precision passing game, netting 310 yards while completing 30 of 40 (75 percent) of his passes. The majority of those yards came on quick-hitting short routes where receivers dragged across the field underneath UCLA's coverage, but Neuheisel said the Bruns defenders were simply out of position.

"They were very good at throwing the ball underneath," Neuheisel said. "But truthfully, if we stay where we’re supposed to be and don’t come out of zones and don’t come out of gaps, we’re going to be just fine."

Neuheisel refused to blame a defensive game plan that had cornerbacks Sheldon Price and Aaron Hester playing seven yards off the ball much of the time, instead putting the onus on players who got out of position because they were trying to do too much.

"First game, wanting to make plays, wanting to make somebody else’s play," he said when asked why UCLA defenders they were so often out of their zones. "And it was not something that we saw in practice. First game and wanting to do that. We just have to trust that the offense and defense will work if we stay disciplined."

Some other topics of conversation included:
  • Kevin Prince has a sprained shoulder to go along with the concussion that knocked him out of the Houston gane and is questionable to play against San Jose State.
  • Linebacker Glenn Love has a dislocated shoulder and will miss at least two weeks.
  • For the most part, Neuheisel liked what he saw from quarterback Richard Brehaut, but said he's still a work in progress. "There were some really good things that he did, we’ve just got to make sure that he plays like everybody else needs to play--within the structure of the offense," Neuheisel said. "He doesn’t have to do anything flamboyant. If he plays within it and uses the reads that we teach and the footwork that we teach, he’s certainly accurate enough and talented enough to have great days."
  • Neuheisel defended the Bruins' time-consuming drive in the fourth quarter, when they took possession with 9:31 to play trailing 38-28 and did not go to a hurry-up offense. They chewed up more than seven minutes and the drive ended in a missed field goal with 2:29 to play. "I wanted two drives to their one," he said. "I wanted to make sure that we had a chance to score twice, which we ended up having...I don't have any regret or ill feelings about how we conducted the drive. I'm disappointed we didn't score points on the first drive, we certainly did on the second drive, but it wasn't to be."
  • Neuheisel said he would remind his team that one loss does not ruin the season. "I’ve got to get them not to listen to you guys about all doom and that stuff," he said. "I’ve got to make sure that they understand that this is the beginning, there were lots of good things yesterday but the outcome was certainly not what we wanted or hoped for and felt like we worked hard for. We’ve got to go back and become more discipline and have more resolve with respect to what we’re trying to get accomplished with both sides of the ball and good things will begin to happen for us."
  • He also reiterated his post game statement that while any loss is disappointing, this one was not any more deflating because of the high hopes the players, coaches and fans had for the team this season. "There still are high hopes," he said. "The high hopes haven’t dissipated. If they have for you, I’m sorry to hear it, but absolutely not. We still have high hopes and can’t wait to play again."

Glenn Love has a dislocated shoulder

September, 3, 2011
9/03/11
3:14
PM PT
UCLA linebacker Glenn Love dislocated his left shoulder Saturday at Houston and it out for the rest of the game.

Love, a 6-4 senior, won the starting strong side linebacker job over Jordan Zumwalt in training camp, but left in the second quarter Saturday and did not return.

UCLA depth chart review: Linebackers

August, 6, 2011
8/06/11
3:33
PM PT
With UCLA preparing to open fall camp on August 8, we will break down the depth charts at each position in order to look at how the Bruins stack up heading into this season. We've previously looked at quarterbacks, the defensive line, the offensive line, and the running backs. Now we turn our attention to the linebackers.

Current depth chart:

STRONG SIDE LINEBACKER

Glenn Love (Sr., 6-4, 213)

Jordan Zumwalt (So., 6-4, 236)

Aramide Olaniyan (Fr., 6-2, 212)

MIDDLE LINEBACKER

Patrick Larimore (Jr., 6-3, 250)

Isaiah Bowens (So., 6-1, 233)

Phillip Ruhl (Fr., 6-1, 230)

WEAK SIDE LINEBACKER

Sean Westgate (Sr., 5-11, 225)

Erick Kendricks (Fr., 6-1, 228)

Ryan Hofmeister (So., 6-0, 220)

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Football: Saturday scrimmage notes

April, 10, 2011
4/10/11
2:13
PM PT
A few tidbits from Saturday afternoon's scrimmage at Spaulding Field:
  • Richard Brehaut was impressive, completing 11 of 21 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. He started off well before tailing off, but Brehaut was pleased with his overall efficiency. "We had a good day and established what we wanted to," he said. "I like where I'm at."
  • Brett Hundley used his legs well, running for 82 yards on 10 carries, a large chunk of that coming on a 50-yard touchdown scamper. The true freshman made a few mental mistakes, but he didn't seem too concerned about them. "Right now I sort of have to run a lot because my reads aren’t there," Hundley said. "So if I do feel a little pressure in the pocket, I’m taking off. Once I get the reads then all the passes will start coming, but right now, I’m using my legs a lot because all these reads are going so fast and I don’t have it down to 100 percent. In two weeks, I don’t expect to have it. But once I do have it, then the passes will start coming and everything will come together."
  • Starting tackle Sean Sheller sat out practice with a broken right hand. The injury occurred on what he called a freak accident near the end of Thursday's practice. Sheller wore a splint Saturday but will be in a cast Monday and will wear a club protector for the remaining practices. He said he would miss some of the heavy contact periods over the rest of the spring but added that if this were the regular season he wouldn’t miss any time. “It’s something you can play through,” Sheller said.
  • Jordon James and Damien Thigpen had the other rushing touchdowns. Thigpen's nine-yard score earned the loudest roar of the afternoon -- the 5-foot-8 speedster ran to the right, was met by a few defenders near the goal line, reversed his field and soared over the left pylon for the touchdown. Johnathan Franklin had seven yards on five carries; Malcolm Jones had two on three.
  • Ricky Marvray had the only touchdown catch, an 18-yarder from Brehaut. The pocket collapsed, so Brehaut broke to the right and saw Marvray streaking toward the sideline. The ball was under thrown, but Marvray beat out the taller Glenn Love for the jump ball in the end zone. "That whole play was all about trust," Marvray said. "Brehaut knows. I always tell him, 'Just put it up.' I'm going to come down with it, no matter who is around."
  • Place kicker Kip Smith had field goals of 28, 42 and 45 yards and missed one from 48. It was his first live-action of the spring. Smith said he used to practice nothing but 50-yarders to help improve his power, but has since changed his method. "I'm working on my consistency from inside 40," he said.
  • Nate Chandler made the defensive play of the day, blowing up a play in the backfield to cause a Thigpen fumble. Donovan Carter scooped it up and returned it for a score. "We're playing fast," Chandler said. "I feel like I've found my spot on the defense, feel like I can be a leader."

Football: How will replacements fare?

March, 24, 2011
3/24/11
10:40
AM PT
With Akeem Ayers and Rahim Moore headed for the NFL, UCLA football fans will have to get used to some new names.

The front-runner to fill Ayers' outside linebacker spot? Glenn Love, a redshirt senior who has plenty of special teams experience but has yet to make a defensive start. The leader to replace Moore at free safety? Dalton Hilliard, a junior who, like Love, has zero career starts to his name.

None of that should really matter, though. Love and Hilliard won't be docked for inexperience simply because there is none behind them. For example, the three players listed beneath Hilliard on UCLA's tentative depth chart -- Alex Mascarenas, Tevin McDonald and Brandon Sermons -- have three career tackles between them. So even though Hilliard (right knee surgery) will miss spring practice, the starting role doesn't figure to be determined until fall.

Love's situation appears even more favorable. He is ahead of redshirt freshman Aramide Olaniyan, true freshman Aaron Wallace and redshirt junior David Allen (two tackles on special teams last season).

"We want Glenn to have a chance to win a job," coach Rick Neuheisel said during a teleconference with reporters Wednesday. "Akeem has left and we wish him well, but Glenn being a senior, being a guy who does everything right in the program, I want him to have a chance to win that job. His body is built for a Sam linebacker. He certainly has cover ability. Now it's just about the physical portion of the job and being instinctive."

Instincts were a major reason why Ayers and Moore had the success they had. All of Ayers' memorable interceptions -- think of his defensive touchdowns against Oregon and Temple -- were a result of his reflexes. He sensed something coming and reacted immediately. It's a big reason why draft pundits believe he will have success at the next level.

Love, a former safety, didn't make the switch to outside linebacker until last season. His mental development will be key over the next four weeks.

Note: This is the second of our five questions leading up to the March 29 opener. Question 1: Will Brett Hundley threaten for starting gig?

Guess what, Ricky lost that number

August, 24, 2010
8/24/10
5:02
PM PT
Receiver Ricky Marvray, a redshirt freshman who may very well be voted Fall Camp MVP if there were such a thing, switched his jersey number to No. 10 on Monday.

Marvray, who has made several highlight-quality catches, had worn No. 20 for the first two weeks of camp, but junior linebacker Glenn Love also wears 20 and both play on the same special teams units.

“I’ve had it about five years so it kind of s---- to give it up,” Marvray said. “But 10 is cool. It doesn’t matter what number I have, I’m still going to do the same thing.”

Marvray said there was no contest with Love for rights to the No. 20, only that seniority prevailed.

“I was ordered,” he joked. “Glenn has been here longer and had the number longer, so I had to give it up. It’s OK. I’m a team player.”

Marvray sat out of practice Tuesday after experiencing back spasms on Monday. He said he would return Wednesday.

Malcolm Jones gets the boot

August, 23, 2010
8/23/10
1:17
PM PT
Freshman running back Malcolm Jones, in the mix for a starting role in the Bruins backfield, wore a protective boot and sat out of practice Monday after spraining his ankle in the Fall scrimmage.

Jones, the national high school player of the year at Oaks Christian last year, led the Bruins with 59 yards in 11 carries during the scrimmage, but said he injured his ankle on his last carry. He said it wasn't serious enough to require X-Rays or an MRI exam and he should be back before the end of the week.

"They just wanted me to be safe about it and not hurt it any more so they just want me to take some time off," Jones said. "It’s just a mild sprain, they just want to make sure I don’t walk around with a limp all day so they put me in a boot."

Jordon James, another freshman running back, did some running on the sidelines Monday morning and is close to returning from a hamstring strain that has kept him out for 10 days, Coach Rick Neuheisel said. Offensive lineman Eddie Williams, out with a concussion, sat out practice Monday morning, but is expected to be back Monday afternoon. Linebacker Glenn Love had "a stinger" Neuheisel said, and was in a red jersey Monday morning, but he participated in all drills.

Hoping to give the team a Dye job

August, 20, 2010
8/20/10
7:31
PM PT
Strong safety Tony Dye showed up at practice Friday with his hair dyed golden yellow.

He said he was hoping to get the rest of the team to follow suit, but so far only linebacker Glenn Love has joined in.

"I didn’t lose a bet, contrary to popular belief," Dye said. "It's more of a little bonding thing kind of like we've always got our gold helmets on, you know? At first everyone was laughing, but hopefully by the end of this weekend, it’s not just me and Glenn."

Rick Neuheisel talks practice No. 11

August, 19, 2010
8/19/10
6:54
PM PT
Some notes and video following UCLA's practice on Thursday afternoon:

-- Nothing new on quarterback Kevin Prince (strained oblique), who wore a precautionary red jersey and watched for the ninth straight day.

-- UCLA's return game looks sharp when Josh Smith gets the ball in his hands. The speedy transfer from Colorado had another touchdown on a punt return, gliding through a hole on the left side and storming down the sideline for the score. Keep an eye on him. If he stays healthy, Smith has a chance to be an all-conference performer on special teams.

-- Coach Rick Neuheisel's post-practice comments:



-- In the red zone, senior F-back Christian Ramirez caught a ball on the flat and sneaked past a few defenders to score. The touchdown was one of the few things the offense could cheer about Thursday.

-- It would come as a shock if junior Glenn Love didn't get extensive time at outside linebacker this year. The converted safety is physical and disruptive, leveling offensive lineman Casey Griffiths on a run play and later sacking Nick Crissman in the end zone.

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