Neuheisel sticking with Prince

A day after saying on a conference call with reporters that he planned on putting the quarterback position back up for competition, UCLA head coach said that sophomore Kevin Prince would start against Houston on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

“He’s our starter; that’s my plan,” Neuheisel said during his Monday press conference. “Richard Brehaut is going to continue to compete and continue to be ready. I think he’s made positive strides. But right now, Kevin Prince is still ahead in terms of managing our offense.”

Prince has struggled in two games for the Bruins, who fell to 0-2 with Saturday’s 35-0 loss to Stanford at the Rose Bowl. Prince has completed 15-of-38 passes for 159 yards with three interceptions and two fumbles, including a ball that was ripped from his hands and returned for a touchdown by Cardinal defensive back Michael Thomas late in the third quarter.

Brehaut relieved Prince after the fumble and completed 5-of-9 passes for 42 yards in just more than a quarter, while the team gained 75 of its 233 yards. However, Brehaut was sacked once, and after leading a 51-yard drive to the Stanford 21-yard line, he threw a pass that was tipped and intercepted by Thomas Keiser.

“Let me say this about Richard, he is going to be a great quarterback,” Neuheisel said. “He’s done great things in the fall. But when he goes into games, he still has two-to-three things that happen, that he doesn’t quite have an answer as to why he let that happen. That’s not uncommon for somebody of this age, and somebody at this point in his career. Richard went in there and ran plays he ran in practice, and a couple things happened inexplicably, that I didn’t have an answer for. Neither did he. We have to keep those things from happening.”

UCLA in the Rankings
UCLA’s rankings match how bad the Bruins have looked on the field.
While the rushing game ranks a respectable 51st nationally, the other offensive stats are appalling.
The Bruins rank 111th in total offense, 115th in passing offense, 115th in scoring offense and 120th – dead last – in passing efficiency, at 68.52.
Defensively, the Bruins aren’t markedly better.
UCLA is 68th in pass defense, 75th in total defense, 102nd in scoring defense and 116th against the rush, allowing 262 yards per game, though the pass defense ranks 10th.

Holding Firm
Despite the rocky start, Neuheisel’s renowned optimism has not yet begun to wane.
Neuheisel said he hoped for eight wins before the season, and though he seemingly has backed down from that number, he is quick to remind that the conference season is only one game deep.
“We want to compete for being in the top half of this conference,” Neuheisel said. “We need to be in the top half. We’re not throwing in the towel. We got off to a rough start. We’re in the throes of installing a new offense that has to be cultivated. Has to figure out how the yin goes with the yang. We’re not far off. I believe we can get there.”

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  • UCLA ’05

    This has got to be some sort of sick joke. Prince is a HORRIBLE!!! quarterback, and has never done a single thing to warrant being a starting QB in the Pac-10. 5 Turnovers in 2 games, has never lasted an entire season since his sophmore year of high school, can’t make a screen pass to save his life, and can’t play worth a lick. He wasn’t even any good last year either; at this point I’d rather have Kevin Craft start for us every single game and twice on Sundays.

    You know the saying that some guys are just game day players, and just find a way to win? Kevin Prince is the complete opposite; he might be a great practice player, but he is absolutely NOT a game day player. 159 passing yards in 2 games is just pathetic. How come schools like Oregon State, Boise State and TCU get MUCH inferior talent, yet can develop good/great college QBs.

    I don’t understand how you can justify starting a player who most undoubtedly will not take all the snaps in practice this week. Prince is not Brett Favre, he doesn’t have the skill or experience to take an entire week off practice and still perform at a high level on Saturdays.

    I don’t care if Brehaut doesn’t know the whole offense, put in the plays he does know and simplify things. Knowing the whole offense sure has done Prince a lot of good; 159 passing yards, 5 turnovers, 2 losses, and statistically among the worst offenses in the country.

    Rick Neuheisel deserves to be fired for this.

  • Anonymous

    Im lost for words…

  • Anonymous

    That’s just ridiculous.

  • Johnny Angel

    @ucla 05

    Agree one hundred percent. The fact that Neuheisel is going to waste another game on Prince is more than enough reason to cut him his last check.

    If this goes on much longer I might start longing for the Dorrell years. No, that isn’t going to happen. But that is only because no one will be able to tell the difference between the Dorrell years and the Neuheisel years.

    Became a Bruins fan in the 60s and in almost fifty years of following the Bruins it has not been this discouraging. If Neuheisel starts Prince then fire him!

  • Martin

    Anyone want my season tix? I’m done with this coach. Heartbreaking to love a team to death and have it managed by idiots.

  • NA

    Brehaut I’m telling you as a friend and as someone who followed you since HS, transfer. This coaching staff will NEVER give you a legitimate chance to start. You deserve better.

  • Anonymous

    Word association:

    Prince is to Neuheisal
    Paus is to Toledo

  • Anon

    Assuming that Neu is right that Bre just keeps screwing up in a way that makes him even worse than prince, what does that say about Norm’s and Rick’s ability to teach the position? They’ve brought in 5 QBs (counting craft) since they got there, and not a one of them can begin to run the offense. Perhaps in prince’s case, it’s because of the camp injury, but he never really set the world on fire last year, even taking into account that he was a redshirt frosh. So maybe they should figure out why they can’t seem to teach these guys. I don’t buy that it’s the “pistol”, since there seems to be more going on than that.

  • issixit

    Not to state the obvious, but insanity is defined as doing the same thing, over and over again, expecting different results. Here’s to hoping the coaching staff breaks the cycle, or keep looking at the bottom of the stats page for UCLA’s numbers.

    I’m not ready to give up on CRN, yet. But come on…

  • Bruin 09

    Fire Neuheisel.

    He’s the only one in the entire world that doesn’t understand why we’re losing, humiliating ourselves on a national stage, and fast becoming the laughing stock of sports.

    And it’s smack-you-in-the-face obvious that he never will.

    It’s true, insanity is doing the same action repeatedly and expecting a different result. And Neuheisel seems to think that Prince taking it easy for another of week of half-assed practice (if Rick’s practices are good for anything anyway) will solve the problem.

    Fire Neuheisel. For the love of God, fire Neuheisel before the entire world abandons UCLA sports for good.

  • JoJoBruin

    Rick is overrated and was overrated at Colorado and Washington.

  • Captain Obvious

    I don’t care who starts at QB on Saturday as long as its the person who practiced all week. If you don’t practice, you don’t play. Simple as that.

  • Anonymous

    We will never know what Brehaut is capable of doing if never presented with a legitimate opportunity. I find it ironic how the kid comes in goes 5-9, 42 yds int (1 series compared to Prince 8-16, 39yds 3 TOS 3+ qtrs) the offense actually shows it has a glimmer of a pulse, a pass is tipped and intercepted…and what?…Yes…CRN says that Brehaut made too many costly decisions. Are you kidding me? 1 series. The kid looks half way decent considering, and Brehaut is the QB that gets the quick hook. Why is Prince the QB who CRN is so patient for? A final thought. Prince and Brehaut were part of the same recruiting class but you would think the way CRN describes them, Prince is a 5th year sr and Brehaut is a 17 yr old freshman. Open your eyes CRN!!!

  • j_doe

    Sweet! Can’t wait for Saturday night!

  • Ryan

    Well at least he’s sticking to what he said earlier about not burning redshirts just to play a handful of snaps. Oh, wait…

  • Anon

    Prince and Brehaut were not part of the same class – prince was a year ahead (though bre offset that slightly by coming in early for spring). Maybe Prince is also a much faster learner regarding reading defenses and making the right line checks, but he can’t hit the broad side of a barn, still stares down receivers and is indecisive and late with throws. I suppose it’s theoretically possible that those things will resolve themselves if he gets a bunch of reps and some confidence, but i won’t hold my breath.

  • Bruintx

    Guess who is smiling now… as we pine for “the good ol days of Kevin Craft”? I always thought Kevin Craft was thrown to the wolves his junior year. He was better than most UCLA fans ever gave him credit. Now they are beginning to agree with me.

    Even Darius Bell would be better at this point. He (supposedly) cant throw that well either, but he can at least run like a deer.


    I love UCLA, and I follow them religiously, but I honestly don’t enjoy watching this team. It’s just not fun and watching them play makes me wish I was dead.

  • alreadygone

    Well CRN better hope qb Case Keenum does play Sat. or it looks like a 0-4 start for the Bruins.

  • anon

    I am vomiting on the passion bucket right about now. It looks like another embarrassing loss at home against Houston this upcoming Saturday night. CRN already passed KD’s low point at Rose Bowl last week. I thought when Notre Dame did to us a few years ago was the low point, but CRN took it to a new level.

  • MichaelRyerson

    Head Coach Rick Neuheisel! I’m with ya man! Don’t listen to these fair weather fans, front runners the lot of em. We’ve seen tough times before! We’ll get there, baring injury we’ll be better every week and loaded next year and some of these goofballs think your job is in jeopardy? Grind it out, baby! Had to avert my eyes a couple of times Saturday but I can take it! No, no, don’t thank me, I’m here for ya man. Tell Norm he needs to pick up the check every once in a while. The wife says hi.

  • Coach Thom

    I have to agree with all the negative posts on this board. Our coaches’ decisions, both before, during, and after each game are mind-numbing and inexplicable. It truly seems like they are determined to bring the current team to its knees and humiliate a once proud football program before the eyes of an unbelieving nation. I am dumb-struck and flabbergasted at the arrogant dismissiveness of both Coach Rick and Coach Norm. And to think we have signed a 2-year extension with Coach Norm. Good God. We’ll have these clowns dismantling our program for the next 2-3 years. There will be nothing left when Dan finally owns up and gives them the boot. Isn’t it time the administration gave Dan his walking papers, too? UCLA is the laughing-stock of the entire country. I can’t stand it.

  • Joe Bruin

    I think Rick is giving Norm to much power over the decision making. I am certain it was Norm’s call to stay with Prince, he loves that kid!!!

  • Steve

    I don’t think he’s going to switch quarterbacks until at least after the Texas or Washington State game. So you guys can keep complaining for awhile longer.

  • hadenough

    I want Not-weiser to stick to Princess so he can the rest of the game so he will be fired. dumb-***

  • Blue Bruin

    It doesn’t seem fair or very rational. Prince has basically had two games to show he’s useless. Meanwhile, Brehaut is for about a quarter and Rick complains that he’s not reading the defense correctly? Why not name Brehaut starter, prep him all week, and then see how he does in a game?

  • Could not disagree more. Prince has done so-so… the wideouts have been terrible, with countless drops and poor separation. Putting in Bre only guarantees twice as many sacks. Everyone’s going Chicken Little when we all knew we are still one year away and the Pac-10 is down. Calm. Down.

  • Todd

    Bunch of panicky, irrational people up in here. UCLA fans are always scapegoating the QB or the coach. Prince hasn’t played well but these responses are moronic.

  • BruinAZ

    OMG, I can’t beleive that he is saying that Brehaut missed one or two things (that nobody watching the game notices)and that is why he won’t start next week. Hello, was he even watching Prince play the the last 2 games. I don’t think that Prince even realizes that the season has started yet, much doing things correctly.

  • Hot Seat

    Rick has not shown anything on the field. Results speak volumes. Those of you who think Rick is doing a good job are trojans. Those of you who think Rick is the right man for the job are losers because Rick sucks as a coach, can’t develop players, and can’t win. A winner demands excellence and delivers excellence.

    Are UCLA Bruins winners or losers?

  • Bruins for a competent head coach

    Rick’s slick words are just that words. Empty promises and nothing to show for all the talent we have.

    We cannot execute — that’s the head coach’s responsibility

    We are not disciplined — that’s the head coach’s responsibility

    Our players aren’t developing — that’s the head coach’s responsibility

  • UW Fan

    “Anybody else get the feeling Hundley is ready to de-commit and sign with Oregon instead???”

    Well I certainly hope to God that doesn’t happen. I mean if he is going to decommit, please let him sign with UW instead.

    On a serious note, if the gimmicky offense doesn’t look a lot better by the end of the year, I wonder if his eyes start to wander. That having been said, I think it’s clear from his statements that he likes the Pistol because he’s going to get to run quite a bit more than he would at UW, but not so much he’s going to get killed like a Duck QB tends to every year.

    So I think you’re sitting OK with him…although I’d be happy to see him come north instead.

  • Anonymous

    mob mentality – it is part of what causes massive amounts of uneducated poverty-stricken fools to allow a handful of rabble-rousers to talk them into being suicide bombers taking out innocent lives. not a leader among them – they are just lemmings.

    appreciate ya matt a and todd.

  • bbruin

    This team has shown a lack of cohesion and discipline so far. If I read between the lines here RBrehaut plays in a similar fashion. That is what is keeping him off the field, not the stellar play of KPrince. You guys need to make this simple distinction.

    If your QB cant play with discipline and follow the playbook then that is a problem. This is RB’s problem and he needs to solve it. KP needs to execute and stay healthy. They have different issues.

    The WRs have been bad. The D line and LB’s have been lost at times. What I think I am seeing is a HC in Neuheisal that is not great at managing the small details and his assistant coaches are failing him. Namely the WR, DC and LB coaches. I give Lea a pass here because he is new and Larrimore is new and Westgate is struggling. I wont be suprised to see some new faces on the asst coaching staff next year.

  • ucla2k3

    Three words: 0 and 12.

  • Anonymous

    How do you expect to put Brehaut in against Houston or Texas? We’ll get destroyed either way, so why destroy his confidence? If the offense doesn’t improve, let Brehaut start against a less talented team in Washinton State the following week to build confidence, rhythm, and momentum. That’s just my take.

    Continuity is part of building a program. You guys throw people under the bus every game then applaud them about how stupendous they are and bright our program is after one win! You guys sound like short sighted whiners! You’re the same delusional fools that thought we’d have 8+ wins at the minimum despite our tough schedule. Now you’re making predictions on 0 or 2 win season.

  • CJP

    start Brehaut against washington st. let prince get destroyed against the superior talent, so there is no excuse for him to come back. if brehaut cant do the job get bell in there and run the option.

  • “mob mentality – it is part of what causes massive amounts of uneducated poverty-stricken fools to allow a handful of rabble-rousers to talk them into being suicide bombers taking out innocent lives. not a leader among them – they are just lemmings.”

    “Mob mentality” only facilitates mobs; it is the word of Allah and the example of Muhammad which creates Muslim terrorists — and in case you hadn’t noticed, many of them are educated and comfortable:

    “the Messenger of Allah . . . would say: ‘Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. . . . When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. . . . Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. . . . If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them . . .'” (Muslim Book 19, Number 4294).

    “fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . ” (Qur’an 9:5).

    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

    “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter . . . ” (Qur’an 5:33).

    Ibn Kathir says of this verse: “‘Wage war’ mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil.” So, Muhammad requires execution, crucifixion, or cutting off hands and feet from opposite sides for “disbelief.”
    “Allah’s Apostle said: ‘I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle . . . ‘” (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).

    “It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise” (Qur’an 8:67).

    “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘. . . I have been made victorious with terror . . .'” (Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220).

    “Allah’s Apostle was asked, ‘What is the best deed?’ He replied, ‘To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad).’ The questioner then asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.’ The questioner again asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To perform Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). . .'” (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25).

    “Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning for them). And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone (in the whole of the world). But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do” (Qur’an 8:38; ayah 39 from Noble Qur’an).

  • Ley

    OOO K.
    Back to the real world?
    Prince may know the playbook better, but he cant actually throw or run so it won’t help us cuz he sucks!

  • W3

    I have been a CRN fan since his days at QB for the Bruins. I was at the Stanford game when Bono got hurt and CRN re-inherited his starting job at QB. He then went on to lead the team to the Rose Bowl championship. It seems like CRN is living in the past thinking the same could happen for Prince. I was also there this past Saturday night and was embarrassed as both a Bruin and Bruin fan. I keep hearing things about the freshman being “close” but concerns about “burning their Red Shirt”. My point is; CRN keeps spewing his optimism for the remaining games of this season yet has put his trust in Prince. Prince will not lead this team anywhere, so why can’t CRN recognize this and play these younger kids and get them the experience they need? Are they going to take their lumps? ABSOULTLY! But, by playing Prince CRN has conceded the season anyway. Maybe by next season UCLA can actually field a team that will compete with players that have experience.

  • so west Coast

    im going to give rick the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe he’s trying to build prince’s confidence back up. maybe as the pronounced starter, prince will get more reps this week, because we all know he needs them.

    prince has been bad these past 2 weeks, but he’s a known entity. we’ve seen what he is capable of last year, and in theory, he should/can be better this year.

    it’s a catch 22. if we stick brehaut in now, we’re still going to have to deal with growing pains.

    bottom line: there is no easy solution. they’re simply going with the guy who knows the playbook a little bit better.

  • Count_Blah

    Wow 43 posts in this comment section… I can’t believe there are that many UCLA “fans” on this blog.. Shouldn’t all of you be on Wolf’s blog making comments since you care more about USC than the team you claim to root for?

    Remember… 32,000 people at Senior Salute for a bowl team. ‘Nuf said about UCLA “fans”… I’m sure the seniors were so excited to see the UCLA “fans” show up en mass to pay their respects.

    Couldn’t happen to a better group of people. Keep on keepin’ on Bruin “fans”. Try not to embarrass the members of the Pac-10 against Houston & Texas the next 2 weeks.

  • Hadenough

    I want Not-wiser to stick with Princess so he can lose the rest of the season so he can be fired. Stop lying to your fans, Dumb***. As an alumni, this is a disgrace and Dan Guerrero should also be resposible.

  • Hadenough

    Hey Cunt-Blow

    Why don’t you take your University of Stupid Cheaters GED back to South Central! Your ignorance shows in two ways: 1) Jumping on the bandwagon means you did not actually go there. 2) If you did attend, then that means you are too stupid to pay all that money for that worthless degree.

  • CrouchingBruin

    Norm Chow has coached three quarterbacks who have won the Heisman. Rick Neuheisel was a former QB, served as quarterback coach for six years under Donahue, and was hired by the Baltimore Ravens to be their quarterback coach. Between the two of them, I think they are way more qualified than anyone on this blog or any fan spouting off about who should be our starting quarterback. The coaches didn’t all of a sudden get stupid.

    Brehault had pretty much all of fall camp to prove himself and didn’t. Just about every sports writer who covered fall camp as well as the daily practices agrees that Prince is better than Brehault, that Prince is the best option of all the quarterbacks. And unless you’ve been attending every practice and see something the coaches don’t see, then stop spouting off with the ignorant calls for a quarterback change based on nothing more than a frustration with the way the season is going.

  • Yes, Ley, because in the “real world” Muslims don’t butcher non-Muslims to shouts of “Allahu akbar!” just as Muhammad commanded.

  • Stuck in DC

    CRN and his desire to continue the worst QB in college football are killing me. I am embarassed to be a Bruin fan and wish I hadn’t spent the money (airline tix and game tix)to go to Austin to watch the Bruins get killed. Worst part is my wife (a longhorn) and my Cal bear friend get to just gloat. This trip is going to suck