Here is the audio of UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel’s weekly press conference. It is about 15 minutes, and he talks about the play of center Jake Dean, the injury situation and getting ready for Washington State.
UCLA freshman running back Derrick Coleman is getting attention the last few days for fumbling near the goal line in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Fresno State.
My guess is he will have no problem overcoming this, because he has overcome plenty in his life just to get to UCLA.
Here is a story I wrote on Coleman that ran on national signing day in February. I’m posting it again because football isn’t on the minds of many folks in February, and I think Coleman’s story is uplifting.
Injury updates from coach Rick Neuheisel:
WR Marcus Everett will return to practice but a decision whether he can play will be made later in the week.
LB Kyle Bosworth remains “a ways away” from returning, according to Neuheisel.
Neuheisel said RB Aundre Dean (ankle) should back at practice Tuesday, as will TE Cory Harkey (ankle) and DE Korey Bosworth (elbow).
As far as personnel, Neuheisel said Micah Kia, who was the starting left tackle the first three games, could wind up being the backup tackle at both the right and left side because of the emergence of freshman left tackle Jeff Baca.
In talking about why running back Kahlil Bell was not in the game when Derrick Coleman fumbled in the fourth quarter, Neuheisel said it was a coach’s decision because Bell (20 carries) already put in a lot of work in coming back from an ankle injury.
While Bell said he was ready to go, Neuheisel likened him to the Monty Python character who gets his arm cut off and states, “It’s just a flesh wound.”
As for the defense, Neuheisel said overall the unit is playing well, but “we hav e three to four big plays a game right now that are killing us.”
UCLA running back Kahlil Bell met with the media today, and said the sprained ankle that kept him out the two previous games “actually feels a bit better than I thought it would.”
He also said UCLA is “yet to put together a whole game,” and that needs to happen.
And, for the first time, he acknowledged when he returned to the Washington State game last season, he did so with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If you remember, Bell was injured on a run early, was examined on the sideline, and went back in a few plays later. He was injured on his first play back, and missed the rest of the season.
Here is my report card for UCLA’s loss to Fresno State. Feel free to vote on what you think the grades should be.
I know some folks recommended an offbeat Q&A session with a player each week. Questions like ‘What’s in your ipod, favorite cereal or whatever, and I’m thinking I could start it this week.
Please vote below if you want me to do that.
Also, post ONE question and give me the ONE player you would like to hear from this week, and that is how I will determine it. But please post the ONE question and ONE player by noon Wednesday.
I’m thinking of a quick-hitting 10 questions so folks can learn more about their favorite players.
Here is the notebook I wrote in today’s paper in which UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel talks about the need to throw the ball down the field more, as well as other things about Saturday’s loss.
Also, below is a comment from Bruins tailback Kahlil Bell, who was asked about freshman Derrick Coleman’s fumble.
“No one on this football team should point to him, no one in this stadium should point to him, nobody affiliated with UCLA should point to him,” Bell said. “There were so many opportunities for us to win this game, early in the game and at the end of the game. We just couldn’t finish, couldn’t capitalize. It’s not just him. It’s everybody. He’ll be fine. He’ll dust himself off. He’s a young buck, he’s got a lot of football left to play here and he’s going to help this team out.”
At 1-3 and riding a three-game losing streak, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was asked tonight whether he needs to remind his team not to overlook Washington State.
In case you missed it, Washington State (1-4) lost to Cal (66-3) and Oregon (63-14) at home in its two Pac-10 games.
“I don’t think Washington State or UCLA can worry about overlooking somebody,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said. “We’re both trying to develop our programs, and obviously looked toward Saturday night as a huge opportunity to get that done.”