Three for Three with Kevin Prince:

On his thoughts after the scrimmage, which got off to a bad start with an Eddie Williams false start:
“It was kind of slow to start; we preached all day, all yesterday that we need to focus, make sure we know the snap count. We’re going to need to change up the snap count during the year. The firstdrive, we false start. Right off the bat, we’re first-and-15. We didn’t get the start we wanted.”

On scrambling, which he did often in the scrimmage:
“I don’t feel like I’m a dual-threat quarterback I don’t have that kind of speed. Not enough to be in the class of a Dennis Dixon. But if the play breaks down, I think I can make some positive yards. If that happens during the course of a game, I’m going to take off and run it.”

On his no-nonsense running style:
“It’s a goal to stay healthy, but I’ve never really worried about getting hurt. The moment you start slowing your play down, it’s more dangerous. To be honest, I’ve never even slid in a game. I’ll try to this year, but once you get in a game, you get that mentality that you can take on anybody.”

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Neuheisel On:

On his thoughts, post-scrimmage:
“It was a good scrimmage; when you get to play 60 plays and you’re eight days away from a game, and you get to thud with tired legs, it is good. I saw what I needed to see. I think the guys realized we’re not game-ready yet. I think that’s a call to arms over the weekend while they get a little rest.
“I like where we are.”

On what he wanted to see from the scrimmage:
“With so many young players, it’s about how to go inside and come back out and be ready to play. Again, we started slow as an offense. We have to learn that you don’t get a feel-out practice in games. Guys now have more of an understanding.”

On the running the first-team offense against the second-team defense and vice versa:
“We tried to get some looks we may see. It was some portion of game planning. We didn’t want our first defense not running their defense.”

On Damien Thigpen and Morrell Presley impressing him the most:
“He’s proved he’s an exciting football player. We’ll find ways to get him into the game plan. And Morrell Presley did some good things.”

On Kevin Prince’s performance:
“There were a couple balls I think he could’ve let go if. His anticipation skills I still thing can grow. But I thought he managed the game well. I was disappointed that he tried to force that screen and had that turnover.”

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Hitting the Playbook with Kevin Prince

Labeled “inconsistent” by head coach Rick Neuheisel after UCLA’s last scrimmage, Kevin Prince is not changing anything up heading into tomorrow’s scrimmage.
“It’s the same as always; control the huddle, make sure we’re in and out,” the redshirt freshman quarterback said. “Coach Chow’s focus on this is game mechanics, making sure we’re in and out of the huddle. Make sure we get the plays right and the formation set up. It’s about not making any mental mistakes.”
And it all starts with the playbook, Prince said.
“It’s a lot to take in, especially for a quarterback because you kind of have to know what everyone is doing,” Prince said. “It’s a lot of studying. But it’s not like I’m studying history or math. It’s studying football, which I love to do.”

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It Takes One to Know One

Rick Neuheisel knows a thing or two about the quarterback position.
He wants Kevin Prince to know a lot more than a thing or two.
“Kevin has done a great job, I just want him to be more urgent about learning what defenses do,” Neuheisel said. “So that he’s ahead of them, other than trying to catch up as the ball is snapped. You can’t play that way. It’s just him really studying it.”

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Questions About Chickens and Eggs

You wonder, what came first, the chicken or the egg?
Then you wonder, what came first, the good quarterback or the good offensive line?
Who pushes whom to greatness?
Or, in other words, can Kevin Prince become the quarterback UCLA needs him to be with two freshmen protecting his weak side?
Bob Palcic has his answer, and a few more…

On the whole offense:
“Everybody’s in this together. Kevin can make the line look good by getting the ball off on time. The receivers can help the line by running the routes at the proper depth. The running backs can help by blocking the proper linebackers. It isn’t just the line. Everybody has to work together on this side. Its 11 guys all doing their jobs that will create success.

On the youthful offensive line:
“I like these young kids. They’re going to continue to get better on a daily basis. Obviously, they are very inexperienced but they’re learning every day and giving me a good effort.”

On starting a freshman offensive lineman in the season opener for the first time:
“I’ve never started a freshman in the opener for me . I had a freshman start for me at Ohio State about the fifth game into the season. Even Jonathan Ogden didn’t start here as a freshman his first game. We’re in new territory here. That’s what it is.

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Neuheisel On:

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.”

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Morning Practice recap

Hey everyone,

The first session of UCLA’s last two-a-days just wrapped up, and it was a lively affair. Under a brutal sun, the Bruins seemed to sprint to every ball. Kevin Prince was sharp in 7-on-7 drills, failing to connect on just a couple passes. Individual drills were completed with a flourish, with several reserves stepping into starting spots and upping their games.

Spoke with a few guys, so I’ll hit you with their takes over the next couple of hours.

Thanks for reading,
Take care,
JG

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Prince on Marvray

Kevin Prince on study partner Ricky Marvray:
“Ricky Marvray has been making plays all camp long. He’s just a real persistent guy; he came and studied ion my room last night for an hour. He’ll ask question after question after question until I don’t even want to talk to him anymore. He’ll call me at midnight, ask me questions that can totally wait til morning, but he wants those answers. His desire to be the best is something that’s going to get him some playing time.”

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Report Card – QB

Quarterbacks

Grade: C-
High Marks: Kevin Prince was effective in spurts and seems to have learned to check down to lower options. He was impressive in the flats, though he did not challenge the first-string defense deep very often. Nick Crissman had a beautiful pass to tight end Joseph Fauria – who broke a tackle and received an incredible block from freshman wide receiver Ricky Marvray on his way to a 60-yard touchdown.
Low Marks: Prince was inconsistent, with a handful of overthrows and two atrocious throws. One, off his backfoot facing pressure, was intercepted. The other, a near-pick in the back of the end zone. Prince finished the afternoon just 9-for-19 for 77 yards and an inteception.

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