Post practice goodies

It was a shorter practice than usual as UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel begins to taper off to keep the Bruins fresh for Monday’s game with Tennessee. Also, the seniors had to hurry off the field for a donor dinner.
On the field, Neuheisel said the tempo was ok, but guys had heavy legs.
Neuheisel said he expected Micah Kia to play at left tackle despite a broken hand, but wasn’t yet sure if Kia would start.
On the injury front, UCLA was awaiting results of an MRI on freshman quarterback Nick Crissman, but Neuheisel said he believed Crissman suffered a labrum injury in his right shoulder. With Crissman out, Osaar Rasshan returned to practice and quarterbacked the scout team offense.
Backup middle linebacker Steve Sloan wore a red no-hit jersey because of shoulder stingers, and red-shirting center Kai Maiava learned he had torn meniscus and a torn medical collateral ligament in his left knee, but surgery should not be needed, he said.

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Honeycutt’s Final Four

I spoke to Sylmar High forward Tyler Honeycutt earlier today, and the hoopster said his final four is USC, UCLA, Texas and Memphis. He said he had offers from all four schools, and wanted to take official visits to each one before making his decision.
He said he is tentatively set to visit USC the weekend of Sept. 13, when the Trojans host Ohio State in football.
“I want to go to a school were I can play right away and a place where I feel like I fit in and everyone gets along,” Honeycutt said. “My mom wants me to stay close (to home). I’d kind of like to, but it depends on the school I chose.”

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Ikkos friendly

Olympic coaches do no receive medals, but the U.S. Olympic Committee came up with a way to give awards to its coaches, and pair of UCLA coaches were honored.
Bruins women’s track coach Jeanette Bolden and volunteer coach Bobby Kersee were give The Order of Ikkos Medallion.
Bolden was given the medallion after the women’s U.S. 4x400m relay team captured gold, a team which featured former Bruin Monique Henderson. Kersee was given a medallion after another former Bruin, Dawn Harper, captured gold in the 100m hurdles.

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More Craft

UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft is quiet and reserved during interviews, but he is a very good competitor on the field, and not afraid of getting hit, or dishing out hits. He’s also a good athlete, which offensive coordinator Norm Chow told me the other day.
Valley Center High in San Diego ran the run-oriented wing-t offense when he was a junior, so he played receiver, safety, tight end, linebacker and cornerback and also returned punts and kicks.
“I was good enough to play wherever they needed to plug me in,” Craft said. “My senior year, it was a normal offense, so I played quarterback.”

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Craft-ing Kevin

Here is a story I wrote on Kevin Craft and his path to UCLA that ran in today’s paper. Also, here is the notebook Jill Painter wrote off Wednesday’s practice.
One thing Craft told me was that his first day of class at UCLA was in early April, and that was the first day the football team had meetings to get ready for spring practice. The next day spring practice began, and Craft basically knew no one on the team.
“It was kind of a whirlwind,” Craft said. “I didn’t know anybody, except for Pat (Cowan). I met him on my recruiting trip, and I was trying to figure out who everybody was, and get a handle on the offense. I was pretty behind on all that. It was my first day, and I was trying to figure it all out.”

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Sacks hard to come by

Last year, Tennessee’s offensive line allowed a nation’s best four sacks all season. Asked about that, DeWayne Walker said: “Sacks are good. We want to try to just disrupt the quarterback. You don’t have to sack the quarterback to disrupt the passing game. We can just try to make him uncomfortable and get our hands up and tip balls and all those kinds of things. Those things are just as good as sacks. It’s still part of your pass defense.”

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