Weekly Q&A

Fire away with questions for this week’s Q&A. Please don’t post new questions on the answers section, because I don’t always check the comments. Save them for next week.


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On the hot seat?

Good morning! Here’s my piece in our college football preview section on Rick Neuheisel and Lane Kiffin.Who’s on the hot seat? Yup, I’m well aware this is a UCLA blog, but it’s one of those combo articles. One guy thinks he’s on the hot seat and the other doesn’t, but you might be surprised by who doesn’t think he’s on the hot seat. You’ll hear from Lane and Rick and ADs Dan Guerrero and Pat Haden.

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Quarterback shuffle

Playing two quarterbacks is an interesting tango for a coach, and although UCLA has played many quarterbacks in Rick Neuheisel’s tenure, the undoing of the QBs has been because of injuries or poor play, not an active decision to play two. Neuheisel wasn’t able to go with two quarterbacks when Norm Chow was his offensive coordinator because Chow was a one-QB coach.
Prince remembered one exception.
“It’ll be different. We’ve never done it before. But we did a little my redshirt freshman year at Oregon State,” Prince said. “They threw in Richard for a series or two and I went back in for the rest of the game. Other than that, we haven’t really done it. My redshirt freshman year we put Kevin Craft in for some run plays. It’s just different.”

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What up, Bruins fans.

This is Vinny Bonsignore, I’m filling in today for Jon Gold.

Just got off the conference call with Rick Neuheisel after the scrimmage today, and I thought you might be interested in a few things.

No, he didn’t decide on who is starting quarterback is, although he did say he’ll work through some options (presumably this weekend) and inform Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut of the outcome early next week.

He said Kevin looked sharp, but that neither really aired it out much and he’s happy with where each guy is.

The scrimmage had a definite smash-mouth feel to it, according to Neuheisel, and among the bright spots was the play of freshman quarterback Brett Hundley, who was getting his first taste of scrimmage action this fall.

Hundley wasn’t a live target, but he apparently showed a nice command of the playbook and is on target to play a role this year.

Neuheisel says to expect Hundley to play the Tim Tebow/Terrelle Pryor type role both of those guys played as freshman at Florida and Ohio State.

There were no injuries to report, and as far as guys on the mend, there was some good news to report:

Guard Jeff Baca is progressing faster than expected from the broken ankle he suffered last spring, and Neuhesiel now says there is a chance Baca wil be back by week two against San Jose State.

“He could start practicing as early as next week,” Neuhesiel said. “But we’ll be prudent as far as when he gets back on the field.”

Wide receiver Taylor Embree, who is dealing with a calf injury, went through all pre-scrimmage warm ups and should return to practice Monday.

If anything else comes up I’ll hook you guys as fast as I can.

Be sure to check out the full notebook, which should be up around 11:30 p.m. at dailynews.com tonight.


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