Neuheisel On: UCLA

On Kevin Craft getting reps with the ones in practice:
“Kevin played a consistent game the other night. I hope that he’ll improve just like I hope the rest of the team will improve. If he can have a consistent good performance, he’ll give us a chance to be successful. Richard Brehaut will continue to get reps and continue to compete.”

On last season’s last-minute win over Stanford, and how it bodes for Craft:
“I think all positive memoires are goods. They certainly beat the alternative. I think that can only be helpful. It’s a different team, a better team that we’re playing. Hopefully we are, too.”

On how the Kansas State win reaffirmed faith in Craft:
“I think it’s not so much their faith in him, I think they were just happy for him. He’s a very popular player amongst his teammates. They respect him for the way he’s handled the adversity, for the way he kept getting up despite some tough licks he took a year ago, both literally and figuratively. I think they admire the fact that he wasn’t pouting when it wasn’t going to be his turn. Competitors sense that in other competitors, and they respect it.”

On how last season’s turnovers affect this year:
“I haven’t thought about that, and hopefully Kevin isn’t thinking about it. This is a different team and Kevin is a diff player. I don’t want to give him any negative thoughts to harbor on. We all know we can’t turn the ball over and be a successful team. He’s got big boy shoulder pads. He can handle it.”

On the cornerback battle:
“Right now Sheldon Price is on top of that spot. We’ll wait until absolutely necessary to making that decision. It’s a comfort factor as we put in the defensive game plan, matchups, all that stuff goes into it. Right now (he’s starting) because of how he played against Kansas State and his size.”

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  • UB (Ultimate Bruin)

    With the return of the 4 suspended players — plus Gavin “Catch-Em”, C-RAM and Nick “Ek,” the competition in practice must be fierce this week! Everyone vying for PT.

    I think UCLA will need to put together a real good effort against Stanford. At 3-1, 2-0, Stanford APPEARS to be real. And they took out the Dawgs after the Dawgs took out SUC. Motivation for the Bruins should not be an issue.

    I am interested to see the improvment in the O-Line with the bye week to correct some errors in technique and mental breakdowns. Also interested to see how Craft progresses with a bye weeka and another full prep week taking the bulk of the reps with the ones.

    JON, AS THE WEEK PROGRESSES, SOME POSTS ON THE INTESITY OF PRACTICES, THE GENERAL ATTITUDE OF THE TEAM, AND THE COMPETITIONS AT THE VARIOUS POSITIONS WOULD BE GREAT! I KNOW YOU WILL KEEP US ALL POSTED.

    I am so looking forward to this year’s Bay Area Trip. Is it Friday yet? I am ready to hop on that plane!

    GO BRUINS!

  • Alex18

    I’m a little surprised to see Price ahead of Viney. Though Price definitely looks like he will be a great one, I thought Viney performed better in his games than Price did against K State. Obviously I have no clue what goes on at practice and I may even be completely wrong on what I thought I saw in games.

  • j_doe

    Alex18, I agree with you. Price was OK. I seem to remember Viney in on more plays in the games he started. Who knows? Maybe I am guilty of “misremembering.”

    If Price gives the kind of cushion as he did vs. K State, Luck will be throwing at him on every third down.

  • Sid

    I’m pretty sure the coaching staff knows Viney is the better player. They’re just hammering home the point to the whole team that you can’t go breaking team rules and expect everything be hunky-dorey when you get back from suspension. They want to make sure Viney as well as everyone else on the team understands that he has to EARN his way back onto the field.

    It’s not like Sheldon Price is a huge dropoff in talent. He played just fine against K-State.