Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Richard Brehaut, 3 others out for bowl
By Peter Yoon ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Bruins backup quarterback Richard Brehaut has been suspended for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and three others have been ruled academically ineligible, the school announced Wednesday.
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Starting free safety Tony Dye, starting offensive lineman Albert Cid and backup linebacker Isaiah Bowens will join Brehaut on the list of players who will not make the trip to San Francisco next week for the Dec. 31 bowl game against Illinois.
"We have to coach the guys who are going to be here," interim coach Mike Johnson said. " I can't worry about anything else other than that. That's my focus. My focus is on the guys that are going to be here and are going to be able to play."
Brehaut, who had worked his way into the starting quarterback role and started four games this season before breaking his leg Oct. 8, returned and played a few downs against Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.
Johnson did not specify the nature of his violation, and Brehuat was not available to reporters.
"The only thing I'm going to say with Richard is that he's going to be suspended because of a violation of team rules," Johnson said. "Richard is not going to be here, he's going to be suspended and therefore I've got to move on and go to the next guy."
Kevin Prince will be the starter, and either Nick Crissman or Darius Bell will be the backup. Freshman Brett Hundley is out of the picture because he has not played this season and doesn't want to use his redshirt year by playing in one game.
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.