Post-Practice Update

* A pretty sharp practice from an execution and energy standpoint, much better than last week.

* Rick Neuheisel is again mum about the starting quarterback duties, but the time seemed pretty split between Richard Brehaut and Kevin Prince. In most drills, Brehaut got the first reps, but in two-minute at the close of practice, Prince was in there before Brehaut. Both worked with the first team.

* Prince had a nice practice and seems to be coming along well as he recovers from a shoulder sprain. He threw the ball with a lot more authority today.

* Saw a little more of Derrick Coleman in practice than usual, and you have to assume that his big game against San Jose State and against Texas last season will play a factor in his role Saturday.

* Sean Sheller had a pretty nice practice at guard with Jeff Baca primarily working as first-team weak tackle, and the line is starting to take shape. Kai Maiava got the majority of work at first-team center as was to be expected, but Bob Palcic had a lot of praise for Greg Capella when I chatted with him at the end of practice. If he continues to mature at the pace he’s been, UCLA’s line looks pretty good going forward, with the expected return of Xavier Su’a-Filo next year.

* Senior linebacker Glenn Love returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since dislocating his shoulder in Week 1 against Houston.

* Redshirt freshman kicker Kip Smith exited practice early with what Neuheisel called a hip flexor issue, but he’s expected to be fine for Texas.

* Senior safety Tony Dye practiced in a red no-contact jersey with lingering soreness from the San Jose State game.

* Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Wesley Flowers (punctured lung) returned to practice in a red no-contact jersey. F-back Damien Thigpen remains out of practice (hamstring).

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  • BruinGee

    Can’t wait for XSF to return to the bruins

  • ucla34

    Glad to hear about the good day of practice. What about yesterday? Just curious? There was no report.

  • They haven’t practiced on Mondays during my tenure during the season.

  • Flexmonk

    The future of our O line sounds good in theory, but we need urgency to win now! Otherwise you can forget about XSF coming back if we cycle through another head coach.

  • futurebruin13

    I really hope the team responds well to the criticism and plays lights out on Saturday. I think getting a big win would boost confidence which is what this team is lacking…they need swagger!

  • Anonymous

    Sheller really impressed me. He’s got a guards body. Thick and powerful.

    Rest of the season I’d go with Baca, Sheller, Maiava, Cid, Harris. With Capella and Ward getting some backup duty.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Jon: Is Hundley getting any reps at this time?
    Also, have never heard this food request amidst all yer BBQ fans out there, but what’s the best non-chain pizza out in the Westwood area these days? … Chicago, NY, I don’t care what style. Just the best big, thick and sick pie around.

  • Sec21R14S110

    Lamonica’s…best pizza pie in Westwood, always has always will be!

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    sec2: thx