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UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said it was his understanding receiver Marcus Everett, who underwent ankle surgery at the end of the season, would be 100 percent for spring practice.

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Defense, Defense

Aside from the 58 points UCLA allowed in the second half of the Western Kentucky win, the Bruins’ defense has been stellar during the NCAA Tournament, culminating with the 56-point performance by Xavier in Saturday’s regional final.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “This is right where we want to be defensive-wise. Coach (Ben) Howland has done a good job of stressing it to us about our defense all season, and that’s something we’re going to be targeting these next two games.”

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Dominique’s time

I asked UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel if he gave any consideration as to when red-shirt sophomore WR Dominique Johnson will sit his NCAA-mandated two-game penalty for getting his red-shirt season back after playing in the 2006 opener.
Johnson must sit out the first two games of one of his remaining seasons.
“I want to talk to Dominique about it,” Neuheisel said. “Right now, I would say it’s not next year, just based on what I know.”
The reason being is Neuheisel is uncertain about UCLA’s depth.
“I don’t know how quickly our freshmen will respond,” he said, “but a year from now I have a feeling we’ll be in much better shape.”

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Neuheisel on Cowan

I asked Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel if QB Patrick Cowan, who recently had knee surgery, would be available for spring practice.
“I’m waiting to hear, but I’m thinking, ‘yes,’ ” Neuheisel said.

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Karros sighting

I just spotted UCLA alum Eric Karros in the press box at Opening Day for the Dodgers. He was wearing Dodger blue, sort of. It was actually a UCLA polo shirt. Karros attends most basketball games at Pauley Pavilion.

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Football update

Writers had a chance to meet with football coach Rick Neuheisel today, and here are a few of the more significant things:
He said developing a good tempo in spring practice “is a must,” and he said the biggest area of concern is the offensive line, especially since it is a position that incoming recruits usually do not make an impact at.
Neuheisel said he was excited about UCLA’s tight ends, saying “I have high, high hopes for that position.”
Tight end Adam Heater was moved to center.
Tight end Ryan Moya is back in school, and looks “outstanding,” according to Neuheisel.
Fullback Trevor Theriot is now on full scholarship.
As previously known, TB Kahlil Bell, DT Jess Ward and LB Josh Edwards will not take part in spring practice because of injuries.
TB Raymond Carter will take part only in non-padded drills.

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