In Monday’s weekly press conference, Rick Neuheisel said Kevin Craft would be the first one to go in if Kevin Prince went down heading into Week 1.
With starting tailback Atiyyah Henderson sidelined because of a back injury, San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke said freshman running back Anthony Miller might get the call.
Practice ended with a spirited run-through, with players seeming very eager for Saturday to come quickly.
The Bosworths were back on the field, Jeff Baca was primarily running with the first team at left guard and Tony Dye appears to have separated himself at strong safety.
I spoke with several players about the air-quality issue, and they are very anxious to play. They do not want to see this game postponed…
Just spoke with Lisa Derderian, the public information officer for the Pasadena fire department, and things don’t look good.
“It is a volatile situation at the moment,” Derderian said. “I don’t think we’ll hear anything for a couple days. They’re anticipating the fire to run another week.”
Though there is a thick plume of smoke directly over Pasadena, Derderian said, the Rose Bowl is not threatened.
“At this point, it’s the air quality,” Derderian said. “The Rose Bowl is not threatened. Of course this fire kind of has a personality of its own. It’s doubled in fire over night. But I can assure you the Rose Bowl won’t be affected.”
Derderian said the best case scenario would be a decision on Wednesday, though she did not make any promises.
“Just throwing out a date, Wednedsay we hope to have a definite answer,” Derderian said. “We’re telling businesses, a lot of it has to do with people with existing medical conditions. Asthma, heart, lung disease.
“The problem is we have no wind. That’s good for firefighting, but bad for not blowing the air out”.
Just talked to an inside contact at San Diego State, and he said the following::
*UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and SDSU AD Jeff Schemmel are in constant contact regarding the fires.
*After going through the same situation in 2007 – fires knocked the SDSU’s game against BYU from Oct. 27 to Dec. 1 – the Aztecs are certainly understanding.
*As of Monday morning, both programs are far away from a point of no return.
*Wednesday will likely be the day they make the decision.
*With the two schools being located so close, with no airfare involved, makes travelling a lot easier.
*But they haven’t gone down that path yet.
*Final comments: “To be honest, it’s too early in the week for talk about cancellation. Today’s call was to bring everyone up to speed. There will be continuous contact throughout the week.”
*”Barring a really severe situation, this will go away.”
Looks like UCLA is charging through practice, as the smoke and ash seem to have settled around Westwood but not so much directly on it. The air is breathable, though certainly will be something to keep an eye on.
Quick status update: Christian Ramirez is sans walking boot but still walking with a noticable limp.
I’ll have the depth chart at some point, and I encourage readreacts to any and all positions.
Really, the only things left to decide are Baca/Hasiak at left guard and Love/Dye at strong safety.
Unofficially, the rest is here:
DE Kor. Bosworth
LB Ky. Bosworth
Check out Jill’s great Christian Ramirez column:
Here’s my Chane Moline story from today’s paper:
Thanks for the reads,
I’ve placed calls but can’t get confirmation of Willie Mobley’s transfer from Ohio State to UCLA, but according to ESPN, it’s true.
UPDATE: Sources indicate that he is expected to join the program, but school officials cannot comment until the proper paperwork has been filed.
Freshman wide receiver Ricky Marvray had a tough day on Friday.
On one play, he muffed a punt, gobbled it in the end zone and, rather than take the touchback, ran it back out.
Then he fumbled the ball.
A coach then chewed him out.
“What was the first thing you did wrong? What was the second? What was the third? Now you know. That’s why we’re out here. … Now give me 25 up-downs.”
To Marvray’s credit, he did not hang his head low, and was eager to get back on the field, though he would add another fumble and a dropped pass.