Pac-12: Kahlil Bell

Does UCLA have a new backup QB?

August, 17, 2010
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UCLA's new pistol offense requires an athletic quarterback who forces a defense to respect him as a running threat. With starting QB Kevin Prince sitting out the past week with a strained abdominal muscle, a JC transfer is presenting an intriguing option.

Darius Bell, a 6-foot, 218-pounder who transferred from City College of San Francisco in July, led the first-team offense Monday, while Prince's established backup, Richard Brehaut, worked with the twos.

Where do things stand? From the LA Times:
Coach Rick Neuheisel said, "[Offensive coordinator Norm Chow] wanted to give [Bell] a few more shots today."

Chow said that Brehaut and Bell were "about even."

Bell, a sophomore, is the younger brother of former UCLA tailback Kahlil Bell. He passed for 1,982 yards and 21 TDs last season at City College of San Francisco and rushed for 751 yards and 11 TDs.

The big question: If Prince's injury continues to sideline him, and Bell continues to impress running an offense with which he is familiar, does Bell become a threat to win the starting job or at least earn significant playing time in specific packages?

In other words: Is Bell the Bruins' Jeremiah Masoli, another unheralded transfer from CCSF who made good (before making bad) in an option offense?

It's not the most likely scenario -- Chow holds Prince's potential as a passer in high esteem (and Chow has never been a pure option guy) -- but it's now on the table as an, er, option.

Prince might want to hurry back.

UCLA spring wrap-up

May, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

UCLA Bruins
2008 overall record: 4-8

2008 conference record: 3-6

Returning starters

Offense 9, defense 7, punter/kicker 1

Top returners

TE Logan Paulsen, WR Terrence Austin, K Kai Forbath, LB Reggie Carter, CB Alterraun Verner, DT Brian Price, FS Rahim Moore

Key losses

DT Brigham Harwell, CB Michael Norris, P Aaron Perez

2008 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Kahlil Bell (397)
Passing: Kevin Craft* (2,341)
Receiving: Taylor Embree* (531)
Tackles: Reggie Carter* (83)
Sacks: Korey Bosworth* (7)
Interceptions: Michael Norris, Rahim Moore* (3)

Spring answers

2009 Schedule

Sep. 5 San Diego State
Sep. 12 at Tennessee
Sep. 19 Kansas State
Oct. 3 at Stanford
Oct. 10 Oregon
Oct. 17 California
Oct. 24 at Arizona
Oct. 31 at Oregon State
Nov. 7 Washington
Nov. 14 at Washington State
Nov. 21 Arizona State
Nov. 28 at USC

1. Prince gets crowned: While Kevin Prince wasn't terribly good in any of the Bruins' three scrimmages, he did enough during practices to elevate himself above true freshman Richard Brehaut and last year's starter Kevin Craft. Prince has a lot of upside, and it will be a major upset if he doesn't end up the starter against San Diego State.

2. Plenty of runners: While the running game didn't get untracked this spring, the general feeling is that isn't because of a lack of talent at tailback. While expected starter Christian Ramirez sat out, sophomores Raymond Carter and Derrick Coleman and redshirt freshmen Johnathan Franklin and Milton Knox each had their moments. The crowd may get thinned a bit with sophomore Aundre Dean apparently thinking about transferring.

3. Stars on D: The Bruins defense looked good all spring, and there's star power at each level with tackle Brian Price, linebacker Reggie Carter and cornerback Alterraun Verner. The secondary, in particular, looked good with several youngsters ready to contribute or even challenge for starting jobs, including sophomores Courtney Viney and Tony Dye and redshirt freshman E.J. Woods.

Fall questions

1. Is there any hope for the O-line? The line was awful this spring just as it was last fall. There's plenty of experience with six returnees who started at least five games in 2008, though two sat out spring practices with injuries. And there's plenty of incoming possibilities, with touted freshmen and JC transfers arriving in the fall to offer alternatives. It feels like the Bruins' bowl hopes rest almost entirely on whether this unit can find some answers.

2. D-line depth: The Bruins starting crew of tackles Price and Jerzy Siewierski and ends Korey Bosworth and Datone Jones form one of the better foursomes in the Pac-10, but depth, especially at tackle, needs to develop. An injury or two here and things get pretty thin.

3. Playmakers on offense: If the offensive line figures things out, and Prince comes through, then somebody has to do something with the football in the passing game. During spring practices, the performance of the receivers was mediocre to bad, though true freshman hybrid tight end/receiver Morrell Presley lived up to his hype. If the veterans don't step up, then a strong incoming freshman class -- including speedster Randall Carroll -- is going to move up quickly.

Free-agent signings thus far

April, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

A list of free-agent signings, though more are likely to come.

Arizona
LB Ronnie Palmer, Washington Redskins
S Nate Ness, Cleveland Browns
CB Marquis Hundley, St. Louis Rams

Arizona State
QB Rudy Carpenter, Dallas Cowboys
WR Michael Jones, Houston Texans

California
DE Rulon Davis, Denver Broncos
LB Anthony Felder, San Diego Chargers
FB Will Ta'ufo'ou, Chicago Bears

Oregon
RB Jeremiah Johnson, Houston Texans
OL Mark Lewis, Miami Dolphins
WR Jaison Williams, Washington Redskins

Oregon State
WR Shane Morales, Arizona Cardinals
OT Tavita Thompson, New York Jets
SS Greg Laybourn, invited to New Orleans Saints minicamp

UCLA
QB Pat Cowan, New Orleans Saints
DT Brigham Harwell, Washington Redskins
RB Kahlil Bell, Minnesota Vikings
SS Bret Lockett, invited to Green Bay Packers minicamp
P Aaron Perez, invited to New England Patriots minicamp

USC
DE Gerald Washington, Buffalo Bills

Washington
C Juan Garcia, invited to Minnesota Vikings minicamp

Washington State
TE Devin Frischknecht, Washington Redskins

Running with the Pac: Who's strong at running back?

March, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Pac-10 teams should be able to run the ball in 2009.

Or at least they should if we base analysis on returning talent at running back.

Only two of the conference's top 10 rushers are gone, and one of those is Stanford's Anthony Kimble, who was Robin to Toby Gerhart's Batman in 2008.

The other is Oregon's Jeremiah Johnson, who's ready-made replacement is 1,000-yard rushing LeGarrette Blount.

 
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  California's Jahvid Best rushed for 1,580 yards in 2008.

Assuming, of course, Blount takes care of the issues that got him suspended.

As it stands, five 1,000-yard rushers return, topped by California's Jahvid Best, who is a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers, who was only the conference's Offensive Player of the Year as a true freshman.

In fact, it's fair to say that no team is in lousy shape with its running backs.

Offensive lines? Well, that's not our topic today.

Great shape

  • California: Best may be the most explosive player in the nation. He's a home-run threat every time he touches the ball, and, oh by the way, backup Shane Vereen ranked 10th in the conference in rushing and averaged 5 yards per carry.
  • USC: Stafon Johnson, Joe McKnight and C.J. Gable -- and all the other guys. The Trojans averaged 195 yards rushing per game last year, and with all five offensive linemen back and a new starting quarterback, that total figures to perk up quite a bit.
  • Oregon State: Rodgers will be limited during spring practices due to a shoulder injury and the depth behind him is a bit uncertain, but you cannot ignore a freshman rushing for 1,253 yards.
  • Stanford: The Cardinal will be looking to bolster depth behind Gerhart during spring. Gerhart, who scored 15 touchdowns and rushed for 1,136 yards in 2008, won't be around because he's playing baseball. And therein lies a problem for Stanford fans. Gerhart might get picked high enough in the major league baseball draft -- and get offered a big enough signing bonus -- that he bolts school. That would be a huge hit.
  • Arizona: Who had a better running game last year: Arizona or Oregon State? Well, the production for both was nearly identical in terms of yards, but the Wildcats had 33 rushing touchdowns -- second in the conference only to Oregon's stunning 47 -- while the Beavers had 21. And the Wildcats have a nice one-two punch in Nic Grigsby, who rushed for 1,153 yards last year, and Keola Antolin. Grigsby does have a bit of a fumbling problem, though.

Good shape

  • Oregon: The overwhelming assumption is Blount will be back, which would put the Ducks in the "Great Shape" category. Still, that uncertainty is an issue heading into spring practices.

We'll see

  • Washington State: The Cougars fall just short of good shape because they were awful running the ball last year -- 2.7 yards per carry -- and California transfer James Montgomery is unproven. But everyone on the 2008 depth chart is back and Montgomery was a touted recruit, so this is one position coach Paul Wulff probably isn't losing sleep over.
  • Washington: The good news is everyone is back -- Terrance Dailey, Brandon Johnson, David Freeman, etc. The bad news is the running game was terrible last year. It's tempting to promote the Huskies just because a healthy Jake Locker should dramatically improve the rushing totals, but until someone tells us otherwise, Locker is a quarterback.
  • UCLA: The good news is it would be hard for the running game to get any worse than 116th in the nation (82.75 yards per game). Still, while Kahlil Bell is gone, there's tons of young talent at running back, led by Derrick Coleman and Aundre Dean. Of course, there's that offensive line ...
  • Arizona State: Said the Sun Devils: Thank God for UCLA. Otherwise, their 89 yards rushing per game -- 113th in the nation -- would rank last in the Pac-10. Keegan Herring is gone, but the rest of the depth chart is back and some folks in Tempe are intrigued with redshirt freshman James Morrison, a walk-on sensation who might have seen a lot of carries last year if he didn't get hurt. Still, the tailbacks suffer here because of the woeful offensive line.

Pac-10 Players of the Week

November, 17, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea and kick returners C.J. Gable of USC and James Rodgers of Oregon State are the Pac-10 players of the week.

Masoli, a sophomore from Daly City, Calif., accumulated 387 yards total offense and five touchdowns in Oregon's 55-45 win over Arizona. He completed 21 of 26 passes (80.8 percent) for 298 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed 10 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns. This is Masoli's second Pac-10 player of the week honor.

Paea, a sophomore from Los Altos, Calif., keyed Oregon State's defensive effort in the Beavers' 34-21 win against California that kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive. He posted six tackles, three solo, including two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.

There had not been a kickoff return for a touchdown in the Pac-10 this season until Oregon State's James Rodgers and USC's C.J. Gable did so at key times in their games.

After California scored on the opening drive, Rodgers, a sophomore from Richmond, Texas, returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to tie the score and the Beavers never again trailed.

Gable, a sophomore from Sylmar, Calif., took back a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to tie Stanford 17-17 shortly before halftime and the Trojans never trailed again.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were tailbacks Kahlil Bell of UCLA, Stafon Johnson of USC and Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter and Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. Also nominated on defense were Oregon rover Patrick Chung and linebackers Reggie Carter of UCLA, Mike Nixon of Arizona State and Rey Maualuga of USC. Kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA was nominated for special teams play.

Pac-10 lunch links: Time to end the Longshore-Riley debate

October, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

These links have no fumbling issues.

  • Arizona RB Nic Grigsby is trying to solve his fumbling issues so he can hold onto his starting job.
  • Arizona State can't run the football and here's a big reason why the passing game hasn't compensated.
  • Two California players have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. Get a feeling that won't make things easier for Jeff Tedford this week, though it might distract from the endless question about the quarterback situation. This, however, is a fairly compelling argument that it's time to commit to Kevin Riley as the starter over Nate Longshore.
  • Oregon can run; Arizona State can't. That's good for the Ducks, bad for the Sun Devils.
  • Oregon State's offensive line takes a hit... a good one: Tavita Thompson returns.
  • UCLA running back Kahlil Bell is playing through pain, but the Bruins offensive and defensive lines are just banged up. Cal center Alex Mack vs. UCLA defensive tackle Brigham Harwell is an intriguing matchup.
  • It's not always easy dealing with parents for USC coach Pete Carroll.
  • Are Notre Dame fans happy that Tyrone Willingham has failed at Washington? Short answer: Yes.
  • And here's a great look at Football Futile States.

Pac-10 lunch links: Bell and Bradford want the ball in LA

September, 30, 2008
9/30/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Links for your (late) lunch.

UCLA showing some grit against Fresno State

September, 27, 2008
9/27/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Got a few minutes away my TV responsibilities on my Bristol weekend:

UCLA is taking advantage of Fresno State's banged up defense -- both of the Bulldogs' starting defensive tackles are out -- but it may be no coincidence that the Bruins' ground game looks a lot better with senior Kahlil Bell carrying the ball.

Bell has 14 rushes for 56 yards and two TDs and UCLA leads the No. 25 Bulldogs 16-13 (and is presently driving with five minutes before the break).

UCLA entered the game averaging just 51 yards rushing per game, which ranked 117th in the nation.

Not good that UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price, one of UCLA's best defensive players, went down, though. Or that center Micah Reed is now limping off the field.

Gosh, the Bruins have had no luck with injuries.

Internal affairs: UCLA might find its running game

September, 24, 2008
9/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Getting deep into this week's games.

USC needs style points to stay No. 1: It's clear that USC coach Pete Carroll respects and genuinely likes Oregon State coach Mike Riley. But the Trojans can't afford to sleepwalk through the Pac-10 schedule, looking bored and sloppy while winning by seven to 10 points. The nation saw the Beavers get physically manhandled 45-14 at Penn State, and the Trojans need to turn in a similarly dominant performance if they want to remain atop the polls. While this is not a topic that coach Pete Carroll will engage, he's well aware that his team needs style points because he's not going to get much credit for just running the Pac-10 table, considering no other conference team is presently ranked.

California should bounce back: Cal didn't use its bye week to get healthy. It used it to get more physical with a lot of full-go hitting. Of course, considering what happened last year -- the team went into a tailspin when its high-expectations imploded -- the chief concern is making sure that the upset loss at Maryland doesn't ruin the season. While the Cal players and coaches didn't seem to care much about getting a dose of Pac-10 redemption against the Mountain West Conference, which is 5-0 vs. the Pac-10 thus far, the Bears should be pretty gritty for their return home. The Rams, though 2-1, were picked to finish at or near the bottom of the MWC. They don't run the ball well and only beat Sacramento State by three points. If the Bears are angry, this would be a good weekend to take out some aggression.

If the Huskies can't stop Stanford, they can't stop anyone: Washington's 2007 defense was widely considered the worst in program history. But the 2008 Huskies are putting up even worse numbers, despite hiring veteran NFL coach Ed Donatell. They presently rank 118th in the nation in total defense -- just ahead of SMU, which is last -- surrendering an eye-popping 521 yards per game. Stanford, however, will offer a much more manageable offense than Oregon, BYU and Oklahoma (which are ranked Nos. 7, 4 and 13, respectively, in total offense). The Cardinal ranks 109th in the nation in passing, though QB Tavita Pritchard improved enough to hold onto his job in the win against San Jose State. The key to stopping the Cardinal is simple: Keep RB Toby Gerhart in check and force the Cardinal to pass.

UCLA might be able to run against Fresno State: First, the Bruins rushed for a season-high 115 yards in the loss to Arizona, so they moved up from worst in the nation (119th) to 117th. Second, senior TB Kahlil Bell, who's missed essentially the entire season with an ankle sprain, is expected to play. Bell, when healthy, is one of the Pac-10's best running backs. Third, Fresno State's run defense is ranked 95th in the nation (185.7 yards per game). And, finally, the Bulldogs will be without their two starting DTs, Jon Monga (knee), perhaps their best defensive player, and Cornell Banks (ankle). Their replacements are two freshmen and a sophomore.

Things are getting tougher, not better at Washington State: A desperate situation got even more arduous for the Cougars when it was discovered that starting QB Kevin Lopina's shoulder injury was actually a "fracture of the L-4 transverse process of his vertebrae" and he'll be out two to six weeks (and here's a guess it's closer to six). With No. 2 Gary Rogers done for the year with a fractured vertebra, that means redshirt freshman Marshall Lobbestael is now the man. Lobbestael looked great coming off the bench against Portland State, but starting against Oregon is a different story. And things are thin behind him, with true freshman J.T. Levenseller likely the first option ahead of redshirt freshman walk-on Dan Wagner. Oh, by the way, the Cougars also announced that junior linebacker Jason Stripling is done for the year due to a shoulder injury.

    UCLA's ground game takes a (baby) step, won't face Fresno's best DL

    September, 22, 2008
    9/22/08
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    Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

    Let's see if we can write something that has a positive spin for UCLA.

    It won't be easy.  

    UCLA entered its game with Arizona ranked last in the nation in running with an embarrassing 19 yards per game (0.8 per carry) and a season-long run of seven yards.

    After rushing for 115 yards against the Wildcats, the Bruins moved up two clicks to 117th (51 yards per game, 2.04 yards per carry).

    And Chane Moline's 40-yard run in the 31-10 defeat even gave them a respectable big play from the ground game. 

    So there's a bright side to not scoring a TD in eight quarters.

    Of course, we're not going to mention that the Bruins rank 117th in total offense (241 yards per game) and 114th in scoring (12.33 ppg), or that now the brunt of the blame is being heaped on QB Kevin Craft, who remains the starter but probably owns a precarious hold on the job.

    A couple items might help the Bruins run the ball against Fresno State this weekend. One, the Bulldogs will be without their best defensive lineman, Jon Monga (doesn't that name just say defensive lineman? "Monga want to eat QB! Feed Monga!).

    Second, senior RB Kahlil Bell is expected to play for the first time since getting hurt early against Tennessee.

    More changes could be ahead for the offensive line, though, with freshman Jeff Baca replacing junior Micah Kia.

    Pac-10 Morning: ASU opponent Georgia isn't a finished product

    September, 18, 2008
    9/18/08
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    Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

    Here's a musing: What's the over-under on rushing yards for UCLA (nation's worst rushing offense at 19 yards per game) against Washington State (nation's worst run defense at 330 yards yielded per game)? Now there's an Oct. 4 story line when the Bruins and Cougars clash.

    "'Easy"' was one word defensive end Kyle Moore used after missing practice two days last week with back spasms before having the game of his life (eight tackles, a fumble recovery, two tackles for loss for 19 yards, including a sack for 15).

    "You can tell they don't practice full speed," Moore said of the massive Buckeyes who made it "easy" to fly past them.

    "They were still getting into their [first blocking] move, and we'd already be into our second move [on defense] and past them," Moore said.

    • Thoughts from Bob Condotta on the new Washington AD. Thoughts from Art Thiel, who wrote about what a mess the search was a day ago. Notable from his column: "[School president Mark] Emmert said he made the decision last week. When I talked with Woodward on Monday for a column Wednesday, he never let on that he had the job, speaking as if others were still in the hunt (heads up to football coach Tyrone Willingham: Assume nothing in your conversations)." Woodward's background, by the way, is in politics and as a lobbyist.
    • Washington State appears to be madly shuffling personnel in search of the right combination. That includes the well-traveled Alfonso Jackson

    Pac-10 Morning: Tree sitters grounded

    September, 10, 2008
    9/10/08
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    Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

    Your hump day links.

    Pac-10 Internal Affairs

    September, 3, 2008
    9/03/08
    11:14
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    Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

    A look inside the Pac-10 this week.

    Washington: The heat is on coach Tyrone Willingham, and his likely tall order is producing an upset victory over No. 15 BYU at Husky Stadium this weekend in front of an increasingly disgruntled fan base. It's obvious that the Huskies defense can only do so much with schemes to mask talent gaps. But it's the offense that severely underachieved at Oregon. That should improve this week inside a home stadium where calling audibles at the line of scrimmage will be far easier than inside boisterous Autzen Stadium. The offensive line, which was surprisingly bad against the Ducks, also should feel challenged this week, and a less athletic BYU defense should help. Moreover, offensive coordinator Tim Lappano told reporters he plans to expand the playbook after holding back with so many freshmen in the playing rotation.

    Arizona State: The Sun Devils offensive line -- picked apart during the preseason -- mostly passed its first test against Northern Arizona. Give them a gentleman's C, considering the absence of a running game while yielding only one sack. Stanford will offer a far stouter test. For one, the Cardinal feature a veteran defense with nine starters returning. Second, that defense was strong against the run vs. Oregon State but gave up 404 yards passing, which means ASU QB Rudy Carpenter will be firing away. But will he be safe in the pocket? This won't just be a test of the OL, either. It will be a test of whether Carpenter will stick to the plan to get rid of the ball quickly instead of trying to wait for a big play to develop downfield. It's notable, though, that the Beavers rebuilt offensive line only gave up two sacks in 54 pass attempts to the Cardinal.

    Oregon State: It's interesting how so many appear to be expecting Penn State to roll through the Beavers. That gets a big "hmmm" here. Are folks supposed to be impressed with the Nittany Lions bludgeoning Coastal Carolina 66-10 with 334 yards on the ground and six rushing TDs? If so, why isn't Arizona getting more hype for its 70-zip win over Idaho, which would beat Coastal Carolina, a team that, apparently, is located on the coast of one of the Carolinas? I see an Oregon State team that will shock Penn State with its speed on the perimeter. If the Beavers maintain something approaching parity in the trenches, this will be a close game. The return of safety Al Afalava also will substantially help the Beavers run defense, which was so porous against Stanford. One caveat: It's also possible that some of OSU's younger players will be wide-eyed playing in front of 107,000-plus at Beaver Stadium, so that could lead to early and critical mistakes.

    USC: Which is more important a RB's foot or an LB's finger? While most eyes are on Ohio State RB Beanie Wells' injured foot in anticipation of the Buckeyes Sept. 13 visit to USC, it might be as important to pay attention to Trojans LB Rey Maualuga's broken finger, which he aggravated vs. Virginia while turning in a performance well below the All-American's standards. The thing with a RB's foot -- it becomes obvious when it's injured and the back can't play. With a finger, the feeling is tape it up and go. But it's often worse to play with a seemingly minor injury because it can lead to major mistakes. Recall QB John David Booty playing with an injured hand in the upset loss to Stanford and tossing four interceptions. What if a RB or TE escapes a Maualuga tackle and transforms a routine play into a TD? Moreover, USC has been quietly hit by injuries to its LB depth, most particularly Maualuga's talented backup Chris Galippo (back). At present, Maualuga's backup is true freshman Uona Kaveinga, though Galippo could be back for the Ohio State game.

    UCLA: If we can step away from the glow of an upset win over Tennessee for a moment, the present and future reality is the Bruins need to replace three injured offensive starters. Recall: This offense already has a patchwork line and is using its third QB. So who steps in for TE Logan Paulsen (broken foot), WR Marcus Everett (toe) and TB Kahlil Bell (ankle)? Well, Paulsen's replacement Ryan Moya didn't look like a lightweight after leading the Bruins with seven receptions for 65 yards against the Vols -- including the go-ahead 3-yard TD pass with 27 seconds left -- but Paulsen's absence hurts the viability of two-TE sets. With Everett out a few weeks, junior Terrence Austin steps in. He caught five passes for 37 yards against the Vols. Sophomore Dominique Johnson and freshman Taylor Embree both played well against Tennessee, so there's encouraging depth there. And at TB, Raymond Carter jumps to the first team, but count on Rick Neuheisel tapping into his talented freshman class, including Aundre Dean.

    Bell will try to play; Paulsen and Everett out

    September, 1, 2008
    9/01/08
    10:10
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    Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

    PASADENA, Calif. -- From the Rose Bowl press box ...

    Craft starts the second half.

    TB Kahlil Bell will try to play with a sprained ankle.

    TE Logan Paulsen (fractured foot) and WR Marcus Everett (toe) are out.

    Will Craft start the second half?

    September, 1, 2008
    9/01/08
    9:58
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    Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

    PASADENA, Calif. -- There's a reason Kevin Craft remained the UCLA quarterback after tossing a couple of early interceptions.

    His coaches believe he gives the Bruins the best chance to win.

    But after he threw his fourth of the first half, which was returned 61 yards for a TD in the waning moments before the break -- giving Tennessee a 14-7 advantage -- it's hard to say that could still be true.

    Changing QBs is not only about giving redshirt freshman Chris Forcier a shot. It's about not allowing Craft to completely destroy his confidence.

    At this pace, Craft will set a school record for interceptions. He had seven completions and four interceptions in the first half.

    The Bruins' offense managed just 85 total yards. There's no way the Bruins D can hold up its impressive pace.

    We shall see who starts the third.

    As a side note, whoever does apparently will be without three key offensive starters: TB Kahlil Bell (ankle), TE Logan Paulsen (foot) and WR Marcus Everett (toe)

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