UCLA spring game wrap

May, 7, 2012
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UCLA head coach Jim Mora learned this spring that he hasn't learned enough -- which is why he's postponed his announcement on the Bruins starting quarterback to Aug. 16.

"I said before the spring we'd like for someone to reach out and grab it. But if they didn't, we weren't going to force it," Mora said after the spring game at the Rose Bowl Saturday. "And we're not going to force it, until the 16th. Then we're going to force it.

"I think what we gain by waiting is I want to keep a competitive environment and quite frankly I don’t think that anyone has really reached out and grabbed it enough for me to make that decision yet."

Knowing that Saturday's scrimmage would not be a deal-breaker for any of the quarterbacks, they went out, played loose and put up some pretty decent numbers against an injury-depleted, soft-serve defense.

Richard Brehaut completed 12 of 16 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns. Brett Hundley was 12-of-20 for 185 yards, a score and an interception (he also ran for an 18-yard touchdown) and Kevin Prince was 8-of-11 for 101 yards and two scores.

"It was fun to see our quarterbacks have success early," Mora said. "I think we have to really temper that with the knowledge that defensively we were really just playing two defenses ... we weren't really pressuring. But I still was impressed with their performance. I thought we caught the ball well, ran the ball well."

Brehaut has also decided to focus all of his attention on the football team and won't be rejoining UCLA's baseball team.

"For me, football has always been the priority," he told Peter Yoon of ESPNLosAngeles. "I wanted to give baseball the opportunity because I knew I can play baseball, but right now I think my time is going to be best spent with the football team and developing that leadership role."

Receivers Jerry Johnson (five catches, 125 yards) and Tyler Scott (three catches, 113 yards) both caught a pair of touchdowns. Running back Steven Manfro continued a strong spring with seven catches for 105 yards, a pair of carries for 20 yards and he also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

"He's really shown up in every practice we've had," Mora said of Manfro. "He's had a play or two in ever practice we've had and he did the same tonight ... he's electric out there. He's fun."

Defensively, there were also some highlights. Cornerback Sheldon Price turned in a pick-six -- headlining four interceptions for the Bruins secondary (two from Price) -- and Datone Jones tallied a pair of sacks.

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said he's not too concerned about not having a starting quarterback coming out of spring.

"I don’t think it’s stressful at all because I think I’ve got some good players at that spot," Mazzone said. "Now it’s stressful when you leave spring and you don’t think you have anybody. That is stressful."

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