Sunday, September 13, 2009
UCLA loses QB Prince for 3-4 weeks
By Ted Miller
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA's hard-hitting win at Tennessee came at a cost.
Quarterback Kevin Prince will be out three to four weeks after fracturing his jaw in the Bruins 19-15 victory.
Now the issue is who will replace Prince. True freshman Richard Brehaut is listed as Prince's backup, but No. 3 quarterback Kevin Craft is a senior who started all of last season.
While the maligned Craft hurled a school-record 20 interceptions, his experience might make him the pick to face Kansas State on Saturday in the Rose Bowl.
Craft was notoriously hot and cold last year. He also led the Bruins to a win over Tennessee, but he had to overcome four first-half interceptions to do it. He was mostly awful against Stanford before leading a clutch, game-winning drive to secure the victory.
Prince, a redshirt freshman, wasn't spectacular at Tennessee but he avoided major mistakes, other than a fumble after a sack that set up the Vols lone touchdown. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 101 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
He was injured when he was tackled for a safety late in the game. He played the final two snaps, kneeling on the football both times. X-rays on Sunday revealed the fracture will require his jaw to be wired shut.
"This is a tough blow for Kevin and our football team," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. "We hope Kevin recovers quickly, but we have other talented quarterbacks in our program. We have confidence in all of our quarterbacks and we will get them read to lead us against Kansas State."