First-year coach Jim Mora has plenty of questions to address during spring practice, which starts April 3 for the Bruins. Chief among them is determining the starting quarterback heading into the fall.
Either Kevin Prince, Richard Brehaut or Brett Hundley will emerge as the No. 1 quarterback for Mora's pro-style offense. The gimmicky "pistol" offense that former coach Rick Neuheisel tried to install is gone.
Prince is the incumbent starter, but his arm strength is questionable. Brehaut started much of the 2010 season and half of 2011 until he broke his leg at Washington State.
Hundley is an intriguing redshirt freshman who was highly touted coming out of high school in Arizona. This is a particularly important spring for Hundley to show Mora and his new staff what he can do because they have no film to judge.
Mora said he would like to designate a starter.
"I think the sooner you can identify who that guy is, then you can tweak what you do offensively to fit his skill set," Mora said. "I don't know if that'll happen. We'll like that to happen, but we'll see."
One other objective for Mora is instituting a new culture inasmuch as he replaced a former Bruin in Neuheisel. Mora has indicated that practices will be a lot more serious and that players will be held more accountable than under Neuheisel, who tried to be a players' coach.
"I think it's important that we come in and establish a level of physical toughness that you only get by going through some tough times by banging on each other a little bit," Mora said. "I need to find out, our coaches need to find out, the players need to find out who's in and who's not in ... who's willing to make the commitment physically, emotionally and all of those things to be great and who's kind of wavering."
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