Oregon, not UCLA, has QB issues
October, 6, 2009
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
It doesn't appear that Oregon's visit to UCLA will be a battle of backup quarterbacks -- as it was in 2007 -- but that's because the Bruins expect Kevin Prince to return after missing two games with a broken jaw.
The status of Oregon starter Jeremiah Masoli is more uncertain, in large part because coach Chip Kelly doesn't provide specific injury information.
Prince will not get final clearance to play until X-rays are taken Wednesday, but the Los Angeles Times reported that "is expected to be a mere formality."
Meanwhile, Masoli's status could be up in the air until late this week -- or even game day.
Masoli hurt his knee in the second quarter against Washington State. He didn't practice Monday and was noticeably limping.
If Masoli can't play, he'd be replaced by junior Nate Costa, a capable backup who appeared to be Dennis Dixon's heir-apparent until he suffered his third serious knee injury before the 2008 season.
While Prince was out, UCLA went 1-1 with senior Kevin Craft, who played well, mostly avoiding big mistakes, but rarely threw downfield.