Just finished up my print story so the next couple hours will be devoted to you guys. A lively practice concluded with a little skirmish between Reggie Carter and Stanley Hasiak, but it quickly dissipated.
I chatted with Rick Neuheisel, Bob Palcic, Logan Paulsen, Jeff Baca and Carter.
Stay tuned, and thanks.
A brief run of offensive plays had UCLA coaches fuming early during the scrimmage portion of practice.
First, four defenders chased quarterback Kevin Prince for a loss.
Second, Prince overthrew a pass.
Then, a Johnathan Franklin fumble.
Once more, Another Prince overthrow and finally a Richard Brehaut pass that landed 12 feet from anyone in either white or blue jerseys.
Finally, Brehaut righted the ship with a nice pass to tight end Logan Paulsen, eliciting cheers all over the field.
Logan Paulsen, who broke his foot last season and knows a thing or two about shoe issues, said that he should be in the clear with these new shoes.
“I’m a little different from everybody else because I broke my foot last year,” Paulsen said. “I have special orthotics, and to me, it’s not about how comfortable shoes are, just how supportive these are. It’s not like I need to break the shoes in.”
Others, however, do.
There have been sparse complaints about minor foot injuries, but nothing major has been reported or spotted.
“They’re talking about it, but it’s the second day of camp, and they gave us brand new shoes,” Paulsen said. “I think as we go, it’ll go better.”
On the new faces in the offense:
“They’re new to you guys, but they’ve all been here,” Paulsen said. “We’ve been working out with those guys. Christian (Ramirez) was on the team last year. Kevin Prince has been here. It’s a little different, but everyone is sort of just filling in where they’re supposed to fill in.”
On where the team stands after one practice session:
“Right now, we’ve got the puzzle on the table, and we’re kind of putting it together,” Paulsen said. “We kind of see where everything is going, but we’re not 100 percent sure yet. That’s what camp is for, to solidify that puzzle and make sure it holds true during the season.”
Practice is wrapping up, but I’ll be bringing you some player comments shortly.
Things were pretty breezy out there, but a couple players raised some eyebrows, including a freshman whom I spoke with. Players mentioned that the practice definitely took on a serious tone as the day wore on, with coach Rick Neuheisel staying on top of guys.
Stay tuned for one-on-one quotes, including Logan Paulsen, Alterraun Verner and Kevin Prince.
Rick Neuheisel on UCLA’s team leaders:
“Reggie Carter and Alterraun Verner on defense, Logan Paulsen on offense – those are all big time leaders. They’ve been around here. They’ve been here through good times and lean times. Those guys all understand what it takes. They watched a senior class last year do the best they could and fall short. I know they’re eager to maybe even take it a notch up.”