Post-Practice Update

* Not a good end to practice at all, with UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel drilling his team for a lengthy period, including shouting: “I can’t be the only one who cares!”

* At times it looked that way, as players got to the line slowly, committed numerous false starts and jumped offsides, and generally just didn’t have it today. The closing period was pretty rough, and it led to Neuheisel’s tirade.

* Kevin Prince was much more involved today than yesterday, and he appears pretty close to full-go for San Jose State. The concussion is fully cleared, and now it’s a range-of-motion and comfort issue for the shoulder, which still has some pain. Neuheisel didn’t name Brehaut starter for Saturday, but it’d be a shock if he wasn’t. Brett Hundley continues to see most snaps at second string, but Neuheisel still doesn’t sound too insistent on using him in a package.

* Jeff Baca saw extensive time at weak tackle, with Sean Sheller moving into guard, but Neuheisel is going to do the…prudent…thing and play Baca only as much as he can handle. He’s still working into football shape, and the conditioning is not there yet.

* There were some highlights to practice, such as when Joe Tresey sprinted across the field to high five Sean Westgate after Westgate got good air while deflecting a pass to Joseph Fauria.

* The passing game looked really good early, with Fauria a prime target. Shaq Evans had a couple real nice plays and moves early, too.

* Notable: A lot more guys were working after practice than usual, including Greg Capella with his snaps and Kip Smith with the kicking game.

* Pick up a copy of the Daily News tomorrow for what should be a really good feature on Cassius Marsh.

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  • UCLAFan 11

    Sounds like the players have given up on Neuheisal…seriously Maiava caught three times smoking MJ?!? And, overlooking SJSU like we’re Alabama?? This is ridiculous!!

  • Coach Thom

    Sounds like Coach Rick is almost at a state of despair. I’m afraid his relentless optimism is fading.

  • Rich

    You haters can say what you want about Neuheisel, but I genuinely think he has always cared about this team and UCLA. Whether he’s a good coach or manager, whether he’s the right person for UCLA (I’d like to think he is), may be another matter. But these are kids — and sometimes it’s just hard to keep them focused…. Maybe in 20 years they’ll have the wisdom to look back and say, “Man, I wish I gave it 110% all the time I practiced/played football at UCLA.” But it’s hard to give all kids that all the time now. Some have it now. Some don’t. So RN has to drill it into them. That’s a coach’s job, yes?

    To say they’ve given up on him is seriously flawed and overstated.

  • Anonymous

    Well said Rich. And how many of us “mature adults” give 100% every day? We all have our up and down days.

  • True Blue

    I thought about joining this Bruinsnation blog…seems to have some good info but who is this Nestor guy? Someone posted a link about some UCLA student in Libya and this dude Nestor attacked him saying it was posted already and told him to delete it. Who is this guy?

  • BruinPain

    Nestor is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Tyrannical at best, bipolar at worst.

  • ucla34

    Some of you people who post on here crack me up! We had a bad end to practice. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!! Lol, as someone who played football, i’d be damn tired and lethargic at the end of practing seeing as its a 125 outside. But that’s just me. Dorks that post on here who never played are hilarious! Keep it coming guys! Lol

  • ucla34

    Some of you people who post on here crack me up! We had a bad end to practice. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!! Lol, as someone who played football, i’d be damn tired and lethargic at the end of practing seeing as its a 125 outside. But that’s just me. Dorks that post on here who never played are hilarious! Keep it coming guys! Lol

  • BruinPain

    Back to Kai and his penchant for herb, perhaps his uncle “The Rock” can straighten him out. ;)

  • CV

    Come on, the Rock was on juice the whole time!

  • Sec21R14S110

    it’s up to the captains to whip the slackers into shape and get them to give 100% all the time…oh wait didn’t a captain just get suspended for being caught high on the herb for the 3rd time!!!

  • Tony

    It truly sounds like CRN lacks some team leadership. The lack of hustle needs to be address by the team leaders, this the time for them to lead by example and step up and speak out. It should be the team captains but if they are not willing than someone needs to raise up and take this team over and put them on their back. It should not be tolerated.

  • bibs

    There is no valid reason to give players so many chances to get caught using pot.One time may even be too much.We talk about zero tolerance yet find ways to stretch the zero to suit our needs.Part of parenting is setting limits and holding to those limits.