I spoke to UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel recently, and he said Ben Olson heads into training camp as the starting quarterback, which isn’t a surprise, but it does not mean Olson will be the starter come the season opener.
“I think Ben goes into camp as the guy, but that doesn’t mean that (it’s done),” Neuheisel said. “You’ve got a lot of guys that have to show they can play, so there is going to be opportunities for others to step to the front.”
Kevin Craft will be the backup and Chris Forcier and incoming freshman Nick Crissman could play their way into position.
“We all know things can change quickly (because of injury) so we all can’t sit back and act like it won’t,” Neuheisel said. “Let’s hope Ben does terrifically, but if Ben isn’t able to go, we have to have somebody else ready to go.”
Not only did North Carolina transfer Alex Stepheson visit UCLA last week before the dead period began, but he also visited USC and met with the coaching staff there.
I know not much information is getting out about Stepheson and his status, but the family is trying to keep this from being a circus and is trying to remain low-key about it.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said he had to make sure a scholarship was available before he could definitively say Crespi High of Encino quarterback Kevin Prince would enroll in the summer and participate in August training camp.
However, I’m hearing there could be a player (or three) leaving the program after the spring quarter, which would free up scholarships and ensure one was available for Prince even if JUCO offensive lineman Donovan Edwards accepts a scholarship to UCLA.
Here is the link to the item I wrote for the newspaper about Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Richard Brehaut committing to UCLA over the weekend.
One other thing he said was that is high school offense, which ran the spread and worked out of the shot gun last year, was returning to a more conventional offense this year, which he believes will help his transition to UCLA in 2009.
“I’ll be under center a lot more, and that’s what UCLA is going to do, so it’s good I’ll be doing it my senior year,” Brehaut said. “We did it my sophomore year, and then last year to the spread last year. In the grand scheme of things, it’s better (to be under center).”
UCLA’s baseball team finished the season winning six of eight, including Pacific-10 series wins against Washington State and Cal, to reach the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins are the No. 2 seed in the Fullerton Regional.
Here is the release from UCLA: Continue reading →