UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel confirmed that redshirt freshman cornerback Anthony Jefferson would probably miss the season after impending back surgery to fix a bulging disc.
Jefferson, who missed nine games last season after a promising freshman year was cut short by a broken foot, would’ve provided much-needed depth behind Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price. Particularly with the loss of Courtney Viney to New Mexico State, the loss of Jefferson is a big one.
The Bruins will be looking at veteran Andrew Abbott, incoming Vanderbilt fifth-year transfer Jamie Graham, Brandon Sermons and Anthony Thompson as backups, with Tony Dye able to slide over on occasion if needed.
Quick note: Former UCLA longsnapper Christian Yount has been signed to a free-agent contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yount went undrafted in April’s NFL Draft, but he’ll have a shot of sticking with the Buccaneers as one of the top long-snappers in the country.
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said that junior quarterback Kevin Prince would get the first-team reps at the onset of fall camp as he was the team’s starter before being injured last season.
Prince was restricted in spring ball after recovering from in-season knee surgery with most of the first-team reps going to Richard Brehaut, but Prince’s knee is 100-percent healed and he has had full range of motion for quite some time.
Neither quarterback performed well last season as the Bruins tumbled down the national passing ratings. Brehaut was marginally better in his nine appearances (seven starts), completed 119-of-212 passes for 1,296 yards, with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. In five starts, Prince was 42-of-94 for 384 yards and three touchdowns and five interceptions before being lost for the season after a 35-7 loss to Cal.
UCLA freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the country, suffered a torn meniscus playing basketball and will have surgery Wednesday, head coach Rick Neuheisel said at Pac-12 media day.
Neuheisel said Hundley will miss roughly half of fall camp, a crushing blow to the Chandler, Ariz., product, who left high school early to enroll at UCLA and participated in spring ball with mixed results.
UCLA was picked to finish fifth in the south division in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll, behind USC, Arizona State, Utah and Arizona, and a spot ahead of Colorado. The Bruins, who return 17 starters, were picked 8th in the 2010 Pac-10 preseason media poll last season (with one first-place vote), before the split to two divisions.