Chasing the Trojans

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was asked about the Bruins’ pursuit of USC in the Pac-10, and on the national landscape.

“We’ve proven we can recruit with them. I believe we will continue to recruit with them,” he said. “I believe, based on the resume of my coaching staff and what I know about them, we can coach with them. …
“The question is developing our game to the point where we are as developed as they are. We’re not there yet. You can’t run on to the field with those guys and say you’re there yet.”

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Healthy Bruins

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said injuries will not be a big concern heading into training camp, which begins Aug. 10.
He said offensive linemen Mike Harris, Kai Maiava and Darius Savage and tight ends Ryan Moya and Logan Paulsen were all given good medical marks and will be ready for the start of camp.

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What’s “a good season?”

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said being bowl eligible would be a good season. What do you think?

What is the minimum number of wins for 2009 to be considered “a good season?”
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6 wins
7 wins
8 wins
9 wins
10 or more wins
  
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Neuheisel about the QB play

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was asked about the need for quarterback Kevin Prince to play well this season, and it came back to the Bruins’ running game.
“Until we become a viable threat running the football …the quarterback position is going to struggle,” he said.

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Neuheisel musings

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel addressed the media this morning and touched on a few interesting things.
“I think we’re a much more athletic team, stronger, but really inexperienced,” Neuheisel said. “We feel like we’re on the right path. The culture of work and the enthusiasm is where it needs to be.”
As far as recruiting, Neuheisel said it is by design the Bruins don’t have a gaggle of commits.
“Early commits are a formula for trouble,” he said. “They (can) end up not being the very best you can get.”
Neuheisel added he thinks seniors need to be given a chance to develop during the recruiting process.

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UCLA picked seventh

Here is the preseason media poll for the Pacific-10:
1. USC
2.California
3. Oregon
4. Oregon State
5. Arizona State
6. Stanford
7. UCLA
8. Arizona
9. Washington
10. Washington State

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