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.”
Practice ended with a spirited run-through, with players seeming very eager for Saturday to come quickly.
The Bosworths were back on the field, Jeff Baca was primarily running with the first team at left guard and Tony Dye appears to have separated himself at strong safety.
I spoke with several players about the air-quality issue, and they are very anxious to play. They do not want to see this game postponed…
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.
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