Post-Practice update

* Kevin Prince, Joseph Fauria, Josh Smith, Aramide Olaniyan, Patrick Larimore and Jordon James all missed practice with various injuries.

* Prince hopes to be back Sunday or Monday, and Fauria is day-to-day as well.

* Jordon James has a tweaked hamstring, and while in full pads, did not participate. He won’t be out long.

* Dietrich Riley had a crushing hit on Anthony Barr in the flats, and he looked really good in pads. He’s a player. Defensive backs coach Tim Hundley raved about him to me after practice, and while there is good safety depth, I think he’ll see the field.

* Hundley on Riley: “No one here is ever going to let experience supersede ability; if he’s ready to play, we’re going to play him. There is no question he has some physical plusses. It’s all about getting things figured out. But freshmen play these days, they really do, so if he’s ready to go, we’re going to play him.”

* After the Riley hit, I heard a fan remark, “Wow, now that’s a freshman there.”

* Nick Crissman had a nice touch pass to Ricky Marvray for a touchdown over Damien Thigpen, but Thigpen has looked solid at cornerback.

* Sean Westgate and Steve Sloan worked with the first-team defense.

* Nate Chandler had an absolute beast of a bull-rush today, busting through the line for an easy sack. Chandler has really good hands, and I think his time on the OL might actually pay off for him on defense.

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  • Hollywood Bruin

    Strong work Jon! Loving these updates and your constant stream of videos are a pleasure to view…

    Jon, whats your impression overall of what you’ve seen of UCLA this week? If you can, contrast it to last year?
    Are we further ahead in one week than we were going into Temple?

    I saw your prediction of anything less than 8 wins would be a failure and agree.

    Keep it up!

    Hollywood Bruin

  • Anonymous

    Read closer, the prediction was for 2011

  • Coach Thom

    Yes….2011 will be the start of the New Bruin Dynasty. In the next 3 years, we will bring in some top recruits who would otherwise have chosen USC, so our future is set for the rest of this decade. Even though our practice fields and training facilities remain a major negative issue, the passion bucket is starting to overflow. Go Bruins!

  • Joe Bruin

    The Practice Fields and trainings facilities are less than five years old and among the best in the country. Lets quit making excuses and just get the job done. Keep in mind that there are over 85 players on that field and in those facilities at one time. Do we really need to make such a big deal over a few foot injuries. IT’S FOOTBALL S***T happens!!! MOVE ON ALREADY!!!

  • I was at the practice, and the Bruins do look good. Donovan Carter is another guy that looked really good, Coleman ran like a beast, and Euta Tepa has put on really good size since last year and is quick off the ball and uses excellent technique rushing the QB. Brehaut looked good on rolling to his left and making that difficult pass. The Bruins are ready to take their game to the next level this year.

  • Joe Bruin

    Thanks for the great insight Bruwin. I enjoyed reading your comments.