Looks like UCLA is charging through practice, as the smoke and ash seem to have settled around Westwood but not so much directly on it. The air is breathable, though certainly will be something to keep an eye on.
Quick status update: Christian Ramirez is sans walking boot but still walking with a noticable limp.
I’ll have the depth chart at some point, and I encourage readreacts to any and all positions.
Really, the only things left to decide are Baca/Hasiak at left guard and Love/Dye at strong safety.
Unofficially, the rest is here:
DE Kor. Bosworth
LB Ky. Bosworth
Check out Jill’s great Christian Ramirez column:
A scorching morning sun has UCLA’s players thankful that they are only in shells today, shoulder pads and helmet. Looks like it will be a light practice, focused on preparation for Friday’s closed scrimmage at the Rose Bowl.
As defensive tackle David Carter strolled onto the practice field, he shook his head and said, ‘Woooo, it’s hot.”
Christian Ramirez is still in a walking boot but the limp is noticeably lighter today, and Chane Moline and Stanley Hasiak are back in pads for practice.
Christian Ramirez was back in full gear at practice on Tuesday, but did not participate in any drills.
“The swelling has gone down,” Ramirez said. “I’m just waiting for my ankle to tell me (when he’s ready).”
Chane Moline was also in pads, but held out of practice, given a day of rest by the coaches.
Nothing too major at practice today; Rick Neuheisel got a little testy during a one-on-one wide receiver/defensive back drill. Christian Ramirez was at practice without crutches but still in a walking boot. Intensity picked up as the day went on.
I’ll have stuff from Neuheisel, Tony Dye, Glenn Love and Carnell Lake on the way.
Thanks for reading,
With two-a-days over, here’s a brief rundown on how many of the injured stand. Some on crutches.
Micah Kia, torn ACL, out for season
Nick Ekbatani, sprained knee ligament, 4-6 weeks
Keenan Graham, broken jaw (suffered in scrimmage), no timetable
Christian Ramirez, high ankle sprain (scrimmage), no timetable
Morrell Presley, sore quad, should return soon
Kai Forbath, sore leg, back tomorrow
Some good, some bad.
One 60-yard run in one scrimmage does not a season make.
Johnathan Franklin knows that.
He also knows that a four-yard gain can open just as many eyes as a 100-yard touchdown, and he actually puts more stock in the short gains. Anything but backpedalling.
“Any positive yards are good yards,” Franklin said. “Our coach says we’re in the yard-making business. Any yard is a good yard. And any opportunity I have, I’m taking advantage of it. If it’s on the practice field, game field, whatever. I never know how many opportunities I’m gonna have. I’m never going to know when I might get hurt, God-forbid.”
With Christian Ramirez nursing a high-ankle sprain, after hamstring issues hampered him the previous week, UCLA’s other running backs are having a ball having the ball.
“Now I have people coming after me,” Franklin said. “I need to work hard, keep doing what I’ve been doing. Everything has to go 10 times harder. I’m pretty comfortable right now. This is what I came here for. This is what I’m working for. But hopefully this is just the beginning.”
On Christian Ramirez’s injury:
“Ankles are iffy things, especially when they get into that definition of high ankle. Those things take a little longer to heal.”
On Saturday’s scrimmage:
“As is always the case when you watch a game tape, it’s never quite as good as you thought it was and it’s not as bad. Kevin Prince, I went home thinking inconsistent and a long way to go, and I watched the tape and it wasn’t nearly that case. I saw a lot of good things. He was unfortunate a couple times, a couple balls he wished he could have back.”
On Damien Thigpen’s chances of playing this season, rather than redshirting:
“I’m leaning toward using him. He’s an impact player. (We’ll use him) any way we can use him.”
Running back Christian Ramirez was at practice on crutches and wearing a walking boot. Ramirez said he has not had X-rays and does not know if he will. Johnathan Franklin ran with the first time and performed well.
Kyle and Korey Bosworth missed practice because of a family matter.
High Marks: After Christian Ramirez was pulled early to protect his hamstrings, Johnathan Franklin took the reins and ran with them. Franklin had a stunning 60-yard touchdown run en route to a six-carry, 99-yard performance. Milton Knox displayed his bouncability – I’m coining that, by the way – and impressed the coaches.
Low Marks: Derrick Coleman had a rough day behind the starting offensive line and grew frustrated. It seems that Norm Chow only seems comfortable using Ramirez as a receiving threat, as Prince rarely looked into the flats with his other running backs.