One other football thing I forgot to mention is UCLA fullback Trevor Theriot, who is coming back from knee reconstruction, was out there and running around in drills before the 7-on-7 passing. However, once 7-on-7s began, he worked on the side with receiver Taylor Embree.
Here is the story I wrote about UCLA’s postseason situation heading into tonight’s game at Stanford.
I also asked Jerry Palm, who runs collegerpi.com, about Bruisn athletic director Dan Guerrero being on the seeding committee, and he said that could actually hurt UCLA’s seeding. Guerrero has to leave the room every time UCLA’s name is mentioned in discussion.
Also, I will host a live chat during the game. The chat will begin at 7:25 p.m.
I went to watch UCLA’s 7-on-7 passing Wednesday night and it was as I expected, a lot of interceptions (at least four returned for touchdowns) but a lot of energy. Quarterback Kevin Prince’s arm looks terrific, from a strength standpoint. It was also nice to center Kai Maiava out there snapping for the quarterbacks so they can get familiar with him.
Receiver Taylor Embree (shoulder) and quarterback Osaar Rasshan (shoulder) did not participate.
Receiver Dominique Johnson made a couple of nice catches down the field.
UCLA coach Ben Howland was talking about his team’s 9-5 conference mark, and about losing to Washington State last week after beating Washington two days earlier.
“The margin of error is very, very slight,” Howland said. “So we have to be at our best, which I thought we were on Thursday, that’s what makes it all the more disappointing.”
I spoke to Alfred Aboya, Nikola Dragovic, Jrue Holiday and Josh Shipp during the weekly media gathering, and each one used the word “urgency” when describing how UCLA needs to play.
It makes sense since the Bruins played with very little for most of its loss Saturday against Washington State.
“I think we need that sense of urgency when we play out there,” Shipp said. “I think we just had a mental lapse. We had so much effort Thursday night (in beating Washington), it might have drained us a little bit.”
UCLA coach Ben Howland said after the Washington State loss he learned he needed to play freshman guard Malcolm Lee more minutes.
“One thing he gave me was a lot of condifence to go in there and be solid offensively,” Howland said Tuesday. “He had a good game for us on that end of the floor Saturday, where he didn’t get sped up.”
Howland said he would remain with the same starting lineup the Bruins used the last few months, and Lee would come off the bench.
UCLA coach Ben Howland stressed the need to rebound better and play better defense if the Bruins are going to finish strong.
In Pac-10 games, UCLA is sixth in scoring defense (67.9 ppg), eighth in feild goal defense (47.7 percent), seventh in 3-point field goal defense (39.8 percent) and sixth in rebounding marging (minus-0.4).