Thoughts from Thursday’s practice:
1) A spirited goal-line session was interrupted by players running onto the field after consecutive touchdowns to start the drill. UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was not pleased, as he shouted to the sideline, “Cut it out!”
Take one: If I’m a head coach, I love the enthusiasm, somewhat misguided as it was. Good for Neuheisel for maintaining order, but good for the players for making him need to.
2) Quarterback Kevin Prince struggled at times, but still managed to outshine his backups. Prince grew frustrated with himself after a string of overthrows, but calmed himself down and delivered crisp passes in his next series.
Take two: Better overthrows than bad reads. Better throw-aways than interceptions. Better August frustration than October frustration.
3) Lost in the excitement of Brian Price and Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner are Kyle and Korey Bosworth. The twins seem to be overlooked by the media and prognosticators, but if practice was any indication, that should end soon.
Take three: If UCLA’s defense will be as good as advertised, it will not be because of the award-list candidates, but those under the radar.