Post-Practice Update

* Not too much to glean from what was mainly a mental-rep kind of practice in preparation of tomorrow’s scrimmage at 5 p.m. at Drake Stadium. Players were in just helmets and jerseys, no pads, and we’ll call it a “teaching” practice.

* Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut both saw a lot of time today, and neither was particularly good, but it’s hard to look too good on a day like today. Some good throws for both, some bad, most of the good stuff was tight and over the middle.

* I asked Mike Johnson about the wide receiver position and he feels pretty confident that he has six guys who can do whatever he needs on the field between them. That’s going to be something I really focus on tomorrow in the scrimmage – personnel packages and how they’re used.

* Still, the coaches aren’t putting a real premium on the scrimmage in terms of the depth chart or decisions being made. I get the feeling that it’s going to be a rather typical UCLA scrimmage, rather than a major “showcase” for the fans.

* Jordan Zumwalt was looking really active out there and he is really excited to be back and competing for the starting linebacker spot with Glenn Love. The whole linebacker corps was looking good.

* Eric Kendricks came flying in on Malcolm Jones, and I’m convinced one of them would’ve been in pain if they were in full pads.

* Anthony Barr is getting a lot of action out of the backfield, and has looked decent. I still think he runs too upright to be a true running back at this level. He should be used creatively to maximize his strengths.

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  • Anonymous

    Ever hear of some guy named Eric Dickerson, he ran upright too.

  • ty

    CRN should try barr against Houston and San Jose st at running back

  • Anonymous

    If we’re capable of running whoever want against Houston and San Jose St without worrying, I’d prefer to just let Jet run for 280 yards and get some good media attention around the program. God knows we could use it. I think Barr could probably do fine at this level, but does he bring anything Coleman/Jones doesn’t? I doubt it.

  • Joe Momma

    Eddie George says hi!


    Took the words right out of my mouth, or at least off my printed page, in that Eric Dickerson was a one of a kind back who stood straight up and was an All-Pro. But granted, that style seems to be an extreme exception.

    It is kind of interesting how Mr. Gold spends a lot of time at the practices, but analyzing a practice seems like a poor-man’s way to determine how these kids will play in a real game. I mean, there were a lot of great practice players who were busts, and vice-versa. But I guess it gives fans an idea of how these kids might perform.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Barr on defense would be nasty, like he was in high school.