So much for a day off.
On the day UCLA is off after a week of intense practices under extreme heat, coach Jim Mora announces Brett Hundley as the starting quarterback.
The redshirt freshman has been impressive through the first week of fall camp in San Bernardino, taking a leap from a supposed tight race dating back to spring camp that included Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut.
“All four quarterbacks have raised their level of play significantly since my staff and I took over, and we are excited about all of them,” said Mora in a released statement. “That said, Brett has consistently demonstrated the qualities we value in a starting quarterback and is an outstanding leader who commands the respect of his teammates.
“He has shown excellent decision-making skills, and his accuracy and timing continue to improve with each practice. In addition, he has shown the mobility and creativity needed when a play breaks down.”
This was a no brainer. Hundley, out of Chandler, Ariz., got the most reps with the first unit and taken part in most situation scenarios (2-minute, overtime). That’s evident by his losing his voice after a week of practice. It’ll be interesting to see now the mood changes Saturday with a starting QB in tow. The question now is who will be the backup. The consensus here is that it’s Prince’s job to lose, what with his experience over Brehaut and freshman Jerry Neuheisel.