Tag:UCLA Injury Report
Posted on: September 13, 2010 1:25 pm

QB's uncertain on both sides for Houston-UCLA

Posted by Chip Patterson

The showdown between No. 23 Houston and UCLA is a pivotal one of the high-powered Cougars, with it being one of three games on the schedule against BCS AQ schools.  A chance to showcase their top-ranked offense against one of it's more formidable opponents, and also a chance for Heisman hopeful quarterback Case Keenum to try and rack up numbers on a more national stage.  

But first he needs to be medically cleared to play.  Keenum is still listed as day-to-day after leaving the game in the Cougars' 54-24 win over UTEP on Friday.  Keenum took a blow to the head while throwing an interception, and was "displaying signs of a mild concussion" but has been "improving dramatically," according to Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin.  

Things are just as ambiguous on the other side of the ball for the Bruins with their signal callers.  Starting quarterback Kevin Prince has struggled to get back to 100 percent since sitting out most of the preseason with a strained oblique.  Prince then injured his shoulder in UCLA's 31-22 season opening loss to Kansas State.  Prince shared time in practice with Richard Brehaut, and the sophomore eventually took over for Prince after an unproductive first half in UCLA's 35-0 loss to Stanford.  Brehaut was unable to get much going himself, but it has left UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel with no clear-cut favorite for starting quarterback.
"We'll see. We'll watch practice. The effectiveness of the quarterback position is critical, so we want to make sure we have someone out there who knows what he's doing and does it well. At the end of the day, as long as (Prince's) health is good, it comes down to performance. To date, the performance hasn't been what it needs to be."Neuheisel went on to reiterate that there is no decision and he has found himself second-guessing his decision to start Prince the first two games of the season.  Houston is almost guaranteed to put up big points against the Bruins, so if UCLA wants to have any chance in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, they need to get things fixed on the offensive side of the ball. 
Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:19 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:25 pm

UCLA still hasn't named a starting QB

Posted by Chip Patterson

PrinceOn a weekend that will include a slew of matchups between FBS and FCS teams, there are only a few non-conference games on the slate between AQ conferences.  One of those will be between UCLA and Kansas State in Manhattan, and the Bruins will wait until then to name their starting quarterback.

Returning starter Kevin Prince has missed almost all of training camp with a strained oblique in his lower back.  Sophomore Richard Brehaut has been taking the first-team reps in his place, and showing plenty of promise.  The game is only three days away, and head coach Rick Neuheisel is nowhere close to naming his starter.
"Kickoff is at 2:30 Central time, game-day decision," Neuheisel said.  "I don't think there's anything (health wise) that says (Prince) can't play, it's just who gives us our best chance."Prince admits he has been a little off on his timing since returning to full practice participation on Monday, though he believes that it won't take too long to get back on the same page with his receivers.  

"You're out for three weeks and guys that have been out here have their timing down and that's something I need to catch up on," Prince said.  "But I'll get it. I've done it before. I've been with these guys, a lot of these guys for three years, so we'll get back on the same page real quick."

Coach Neuheisel insists that regardless of who starts, both quarterbacks will see the field against Kansas State.
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