Just got done talking to Courtney Viney – one bright kid – and I’ll have some interviews for you shortly.
Some quick tidbits:
*Kai Maiava sat out of practice with a sore back, with Jake Dean filling in at center, but he is expected to play on Saturday
*Glenn Love was hobbling throughout practice with a sore ankle, but is also expected to play
*Gavin Ketchum was out in full pads jogging a bit, but still is doubtful for Saturday
*Brian Price was out of practice, too, with an banged up leg, but he’ll play Saturday.
Coming soon: Rick Neuheisel, Courtney Viney, Richard Brehaut, Carnell Lake and Damien Thigpen…
UCLA defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough on the starting strong safety battle between Glenn Love and Tony Dye:
“If we had to go in the game today, Dye’s out there. (He’ll) only come out of a game if they’re tired or knocked up. But I feel like we have three safeties we can play right now.”
On thoughts from Friday’s scrimmage:
“Ones didn’t get many reps, the twos were getting them, and some of them can’t play. Depth is a concern here, it is a concern. And we don’t know from San Diego State, they’re locked down, no tape, nothing.”
The battle for strong safety remains, but both Tony Dye and Glenn Love are taking a pragmatic approach to the situation.
Each understands that it is basically 1a and 1b.
Which one is 1a is still up for debate.
However, being the backup might not be so bad, too.
“It’s almost like it’d be more of a motivation factor,” Dye said “Nobody wants to sit the bench. Glenn doesn’t want to sit the bench, I don’t want to sit the bench. It’s going to be a great battle the next couple years, there’s no doubt in my mind. It’s going to come down to who makes the least mistakes.”
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,